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  1. Mandolin Mondays #290 /// "Rocky Mountain Goat"

    Tuning in this week from the Rocky Mountains of CO! Mile Twelve just finished up teaching and playing at Rocky Grass, so I thought I'd share this awesome tune I learned from Fiddlin' Doc Roberts that really fits the setting.



    Here's a transcription of the melody if anyone wants a copy! https://drive.google.com/file/d/18bh...ew?usp=sharing

    Mile Twelve is finally back on the road again! ...
  2. D'Addario or GHS strings

    D'Addario or GHS strings which is better?
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  3. Mandolin Mondays Featuring Special guest Oliver Bates Craven

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, we're joined by the great Oliver Bates Craven for a spin on this original tune "The Back Cottage," played on his amazing sounding Kimble mandolin.




    Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Oliver Bates Craven is a Nashville based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The oldest son of a folk-singing preacher, his diverse musical upbringing included a family band, a ...

    Updated Jul-19-2021 at 10:01am by dbmandolin

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  4. The shape of the past

    The aesthetics are important. Certainly aesthetics are secondary to tone and playability and build quality. But, even within those limits we do need to consider shape of the instrument.

    A lot of what is important to me about music is its connections to past music. And the aesthetic connection helps with that. I can more easily see myself as a part of something gigantic with a long history and legacy if my instrument is either old, or looks similar enough to what was used "back ...

    Updated Jul-17-2021 at 2:26pm by JeffD

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #288 w/ Special Guest Kylie Kay Anderson

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, we've got special guest Kylie Kay Anderson here all the way from Cork, Ireland to play this wonderful rendition of the classic fiddle tune "East TN Blues" played on her workhorse Eastman MD515 mandolin.



    Kylie was born and raised in the Western United States. She got hooked on the mandolin from a young ange and soon went on to earn several awards, including 2012 Utah State Mandolin and ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #287 /// "8th of January"

    Is it July or January...? Here's a not-so-beginner version of the beginner tune "8th of January" that I've been teaching as a part of my big beginner lesson series over on YouTube!



    Check out the free lesson video for this tune at the link below--this is Part 9 of a 17 Part video series over on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apF1Up02HR4

    Also, you can grab the tab/notation for the ...
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  7. Newbie question - Replacing Collings mandolin strings

    Ok. Newbie to the mandolin (and this group!) and have an embarrassingly simple question to ask.

    I have a beautiful new Collings MT and am ready to change the strings with a fresh set of EJ74s. The tailpiece cover is either on super tight or is the type that hinges rather than slides off. I suspect that I just need to apply more pressure to slide it off, but before I do significant damage to my thumbs, can someone confirm for me that Collings MT tailpieces do in fact slide rather ...
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  8. Mandolin Mondays #286 w/ Special Guest Jeff Midkiff

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got the amazing Jeff Midkiff with us, playing an impressive rendition of "Blackberry Blossom" on his 2004 Gilchrist mandolin.



    The mandolin is how Jeff got to the stage of Carnegie Hall. The Kennedy Center too. And not just as a picker, but as a composer. Mandolin concertos -- one a double concerto for mandolin and violin -- and chamber music have come from his fertile musical ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #285 w/ Special Guest Leanne Thorose

    Leanne Thorose of the bands Midnight Skyracer and Sapphire Storm joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays all the way from London, England to play an original tune called "The Wood Road" paired with the classic "St Anne's Reel" both performed on her beautiful custom Thorose mandolin built by her father Cedric Thorose.



    Leanne has been a touring musician for over 10 years and has made appearances in a number ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #284 w/ Special Guest Joon Laukamp

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, Joon Laukamp from Cologne, Germany joins us for a relatable original composition called "Help Me, I'm Trapped in a Zoom Meeting" played on his Gibson F9 mandolin.



    Joon is mandolin performer instructor in Cologne, who's been a fixture of the German bluegrass scene for quite some time now. You can hear his mandolin work with European bluegrass bands such as Covered Grass, Bluegrass Bude, ...
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