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  1. Help! Im trying to figure out what I have for a mandolin!

    I recently aquired an old resonator Mandolin from my father that he was gifted from a friend. I have been trying to figure out the make of it ever since. It does not have a name on it or a serial number. It looks like a regal harmony resonator but the two letters on the headstock I can see end in La. Here are a few picturesClick image for larger version. 

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  2. Mandolin Mondays #84 w/ Special Guest Adam Roszkiewicz

    Mandolin Mondays #84: Front Country mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz ("Roscoe") joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays for a solo rendition of an original tune.



    In addition to his work with Front Country, Roscoe's music runs deep in the classical mandolin world. You may know him as the most recent mandocello player in the Grammy-nominated ensemble the Modern Mandolin Quartet--or from his work in Mike Marshall's classical ...
  3. I Love My Mandolin But...

    No reason to not to love it completely...
    Many players who have sent their instrument in for tweaking, a refret, (or more) say they are so happy their irritant is taken care of. Contact Bruce and talk it over.

    My 1990 Gibson A5-L has been with me since new, and for those 27 years I liked it (once it opened up, anyway), but never loved it. Until Bruce got ahold of it, that is.

    The problem was the uncomfortably sharp V-profile of the neck. Other luthiers told me
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  4. Mandolin Mondays #83 /// "Tennessee Waltz"

    What key do you play the "TN Waltz" in? How about all of them!



    You can now get a tab/notation transcription for this video, and all of my other personal solo Mandolin Mondays arrangements on my Patreon site here: https://www.patreon.com/davidbenedictmandolin

    Happy Picking!

    David
  5. Big Sciota

    After hearing that Bill Collings passed away a few weeks ago I decided I wanted to put together an arrangement of a more traditional tune.

    Anyway here's my arrangement - I hope you enjoy!

  6. Mandolin Mondays #82 w/ Special Guest Brian Oberlin

    The remarkable Brian Oberlin is with us this week on Mandolin Mondays to play a solo rendition of his original song "Landslide" performed on his powerful Collings MF5 mandolin.



    Brian is as diverse and prolific as mandolin players come. Over his 16-year professional career, he has recorded 20 records and has published numerous accompanying mandolin instructional books. His most recent album, Troubadour, displays the ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #81 w/ Special Guest Aaron Weinstein

    When mandolin youtube channels collide! Honored to have a Mandolin Monday video from the amazingly talented jazz musician and mando youtube personality, Aaron Weinstein! Check out Aaron's swinging chord melody version of this old jazz standard "A Beautiful Friendship" played on his trusty Red Diamond F5 mandolin.



    You probably know Aaron from his many other jaw-dropping jazz mandolin videos, but you may ...

    Updated Jul-21-2017 at 10:58am by Mandolin Cafe

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  8. Interplay - Bill Evans

    Hey guys!

    This week I decided to put together a quick mandolin/guitar arrangement of the Bill Evans blues Interplay. I thought you may enjoy!

  9. Mandolin Mondays #80 w/ Special Guest Alan Bibey

    Alan Bibey joins us this week to celebrate the 94th birthday of his incredible July 9th, 1923 Lloyd Loar mandolin. And what better way to celebrate than with a powerful rendition of a couple Monroe tunes: "Evening Prayer Blues" and "Old Ebenezer Scrooge."



    Alan Bibey is a force to be reckoned with on the mandolin. He made a name for himself in bluegrass playing with such groups as The New Quicksilver, IIIrd ...
  10. Getting More Betterer

    Getting More Betterer

    I have been reading “The Inner Game of Music”, which I highly recommend. It’s not a religion or philosophy, though it can be. One or two ideas from that book can really make a difference.

    Anyway, through some of the thinking in that book, and lots of coffee chat afterword, and being tired of struggling with technique for its own sake, I have a useful perspective I can finally put into words. It applies to most of us, but perhaps not all.
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    Updated Jul-07-2017 at 9:42pm by JeffD

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