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  1. Manah Manah - The Muppet Show (#39)

    Hey guys!

    Last week I posted a cover of You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch on the jazz forum and people seemed to dig it, so I thought I'd just start posting the tunes I do to the blog. I've been doing covers every Friday for a while now (This is #39. I incorrectly said last weeks was #35.), but I have felt hesitant to share here.

    Hopefully you enjoy! This week's was a bit silly.

  2. Mandolin Mondays #52 - Auld Lang Syne

    Hard to believe it's already been a full year since the beginning of Mandolin Mondays. 52 videos later... Reflecting on the past year with this old Scottish classic. Thanks to all who have joined me on this weekly adventure--your encouragement, support, and interest has helped make 2016 the most enjoyable year of my career yet. Mandolin Mondays will ride again in 2017 with some exciting guest artists--stay tuned!

    You can now get a tab/notation ...

    Updated Jun-01-2020 at 4:48am by dbmandolin

  3. Mandolin Mondays #51 - Christmas Time is Here

    Here's a rendition of one of my favorite Christmas tunes--and I just happened to find this amazing bass player, Missy Raines, to join me It's been a privilege getting to play music with Missy over the past couple years. She's a wonderful person and musician, and I'm so grateful for my time with her and the rest of her band The New Hip. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, ...
  4. Musical Heroes Take Three

    I have shared my thinking regard super star mandolin performers. Here and here.

    Well let me relate a recent experience and share with you a new thought, or at least a new way of saying it.

    The other night I was sitting around playing with some friends. I was the only mandolin, and I was sitting with two guitars, four or five fiddles, two banjos, and a church bass. Adult drinks were in attendance as well.

    We were collectively and individually having the time ...
  5. Mandolin Cafe 2016 Year In Review

    The top news of the year in the mandolin world undoubtedly is the story of Chris Thile who has taken the reins of A Prairie Home Companion. Congratulations, Chris!

    The Mandolin Cafe's Year in Review, news of note that occurred within the site and outside of our little world.


    inline imageSierra Hull is seemingly everywhere this month in the ears and on the minds of music listeners as she leaves ...

    Updated Dec-18-2016 at 7:40pm by Mandolin Cafe

  6. Mandolin Mondays #50: Star Wars Mandolin Medley

    Ever wonder what John William's iconic film score for Star Wars would sound like on solo mandolin? Wonder no more! Just in time for the new Rouge One film here's an intergalactic mandolin medley of intrepid tunes from the original trilogy--including the Main Title Theme, Binary Sunset, The Cantina Song, and the dreaded Imperial March. Please share with your friends everywhere, no matter how far, far away.


    Updated Jun-01-2020 at 4:47am by dbmandolin

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  8. New Tshirts

    Needed to add to our wardrobe. Thanks to our male mando model, Paul!
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  9. An Interactive Story

    I am going to tell you a story, the last lines of which you will please supply in the comments below. Itís a fictional story. Any resemblance between anyone in the story and any flesh and blood person is the result of a heck of a lot of work. Something like this has happened, and other things have happened too. The discrete experiences we collect throughout our lives are like individual notes. With enough of them you can write just about any tune.

    A cold snowy day, a warm inviting ...

    Updated Dec-05-2016 at 4:09pm by JeffD

  10. Mandolin Mondays #49 - Richmond

    Here's another favorite crooked old time tune I learned from the playing of fiddler Bruce Molsky.

    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:

    Happy Picking!


    Updated Jun-01-2020 at 4:47am by dbmandolin