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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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, ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #283 w/ Special Guest Aishwarya Pagare

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by the amazing Aishwarya Pagare all the way from India. Hear her play this beautiful Indian Classical music on Aishwarya's family heirloom mandolin of unknown origin.



    Aishwarya is the disciple of legendary Cine artist Shri. Kishore Desai. He is the senior-most Mandolin player of the Indian Music industry. She's had the opportunity of accompanying him on-stage all-over India. You ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #282 w/ Special Guest Garrett Wren

    This week on Mandolin Mondays the amazing Garrett Wren drops by to take a few impressive spins on these traditional Irish jigs. Check out that amazing triplet technique played on Garrett's crisp 2015 Clark F5 Mandolin.



    Garrett is a mandolin performer and instructor from Lewisburg, WV, and has played around the festival circuit with the Virginia-based bluegrass band Circa Blue. Yet his skills go beyond bluegrass as depicted ...
  8. Scale Lengths for Mandolin Family Instruments

    Searched Mandolin Café unsuccessfully for info that would tell me whether or not an instrument for sale is a mandocello or mandobass. It only showed the scale length. Imagine having to travel "across the pond" for this info ... http://www.banjolin.co.uk/mandolin/family2.htm.
  9. Mandolin Mondays #281 w/ The Foreign Landers

    Something a little different for Mandolin Mondays this week! Tabitha and I wrote this instrumental mando/banjo tune for our pandemic puppy Finn (special guest appearance at the end!). We recorded it on our brand new Foreign Landers EP Put All Your Troubles Away, and filmed it here live to share with you all!



    We're so happy to have this EP out in the world now--huge thanks to all the folks who've already listened and ordered ...
  10. Finally Available

    Just a note to let you know Bruce is building parts again. Whew! That move got more and more involved. Involved times, right?

    Some may ask what kind of parts...
    Original Traditional Bridge, pickguards, armrests, harmonic suppressors, truss rod covers...
    Got something weird in mind? Go to our website to check them out, or to get contact info.

    Of course he is continuing repair and customization, as usual.

    Thanks for your patience!!