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  1. Mr. Bermuda.

    Good morning folks.
    I'm posting about a violin I own called Mr. Bermuda.
    It's a violin made out of Bermuda Cedar. To my knowledge, it is the only one in existence. One of a kind.
    The wood itself is very rare as it can only be found in Bermuda. As well, about 90% of the trees were lost to a blight that occurred back in the 40s or around that time.
    It took my father more than 5 years to find a piece of wood large enough to build the violin. It couldn't have any knots in ...
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  2. How I Accidentally Won the Kansas State Mandolin Championship

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    Even a Blind Hog Finds an Acorn Once in a While,
    Or How I Accidentally Won the Kansas State Mandolin Championship

    Even since I learned to play guitar in my early teens, I’ve made a hobby of backing people up in various contests. I’ve backed fiddle champions, banjo champions, and guitar champions in contests large and small. (I’ve also played for a lot of losers.) In August, 2014, I was invited to back one of the outstanding mandolin ...

    Updated Sep-06-2016 at 9:42am by Ranger Stan

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  3. The Workbench

    I finished building my workbench and just have to debate/decide how I'm going to 'carpet' the top:

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    It's 60" long, 20" deep and 32.5" tall - maybe a bit short, but if I find I need to raise it higher, not a big deal with a couple of 4x4's.

    My kit is put together at Musicmakers, and as soon as that last bit of cash gets in Paypal, I'm paying for it ...
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  4. Baby Steps

    Having been bitten several times on and off the past 6 or so years with the CBOM bug, and spending money to have other luthiers create instruments for me, I've decided that I'll never be truly satisfied until I'm making my own instruments.

    I did the exact same thing in a previous life, where I was a highly recognized homebrewer (I was the runner up in first Sam Adams World Homebrew Contest back in '96), then did a string of head brewer gigs. I eventually gave up because it was never ...
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  5. Doing it Wrong

    This is the way it happens.

    Step one – a newbie asks a perfectly legitimate question on technique, or needs some received advice clarified.

    Step two – Various folks respond with helpful ideas, often quoting some of the great teachers of mandolin, present and past.

    Step three – Someone disagrees – referencing some bigger than life famous player who does it differently, as some kind of invalidation of the advice and of the teachers’ instructions.

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    Updated Oct-27-2017 at 9:52am by JeffD

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  6. FREE Christmas music download!

    Here is a FREE music download of a Steph Hartman & Erin Patterson Christmas single, Away in the Manger". Enjoy!http://erinpattersonmusic.blogspot.c...tmas-gift.html
  7. Persistence…sometimes it does pay off.

    In my previous blog, I was bemoaning the fact that my right hand seemed to be failing to keep up. Some times it would work, and sometimes not. Well, I think I may have hit upon something that has improved my right hand technique drastically.

    At one point I was asking myself, "Why can't I play fast anymore?" And as I gave this some thought, I began to realize...I actually can play fast. When I play tremolo, it's basically extremely fast picking. So, I wondered why I could ...
  8. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    New blog post: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from Erin Patterson Music! Enjoy!http://erinpattersonmusic.blogspot.com/
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  9. Skype and Instruction

    I live in the DC area where there are quite a few good guitar and mandolin instructors. However, most appointments require an unpleasant drive at rush hour or eat up half a day on Saturday with drive time. I recently tried a Skype lesson after reviewing Zak Borden's Mandolin Cafe and website links.

    I was very pleasantly surprised at how well Skype works (I even use a VPN). The audio and video was very good and the ability to record the lesson enables me to review at my leisure. ...
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  10. 2014 In Review

    January - We started off the year with delivery of an Eastman MD515 Mandolin with Schertler pick-up to a lucky winner of a December giveaway.

    inline imageAvi Avital's recording Between Worlds released on Deutsche Grammophon.

    The brilliant English mandolinist Simon Mayor was out with a new recording, The Art Of Mandolin.

    20 lucky visitors to our web site were picked as winners in a special ...