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  1. Mandolin Mondays #142 w/ Special Guest Teo Quale

    Young California mando-monster Teo Quale sends us an incredible video from Carter Vintage. That's some serious shredding done on this 2002 Gilchrist mando!



    Teo Quale is 12 years old and from California. He has played mandolin for 4 years and fiddle for 9 years. His bands are Crying Uncle and Jubilee. Teo is the 2018 CA State Open Picking Champion, 2018 Weiser National Fiddle Jr Jr Champion and placed Top 5 in the 2018 Grand ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #141 "Colonna & Smalls"

    Today I'm releasing another single from my upcoming record The Golden Angle, and wanted to share this solo version of the tune for you!



    This is an original tune I named after an amazing coffee shop in Bath, UK--if you're ever in the area, definitely check it out! The album version of this piece features the playing of David Grier, Mike Barnett, and Missy Raines. You can listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW3PcMK71Tk ...
  3. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    Here is what I hear watching Alex Heflin play his solo mandolin arrangement of this Harold Arlen tune on YouTube. A fine combination of chord-melody and single-note improvisation. Pay attention to the fingerings in the transcription and note how Alex makes use of closed scale forms. Looks like what we know as FFcP, but I can't say if that's what Alex had in mind.
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  4. Sittin' on Top of the World

    This is our version of the song with different chord changes. It was a live gig and I was very confused with the lyrics ;-)

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #140 w/ Special Guest Akira Otsuka

    Mandolinist Akira Otsuka from the renowned Japanese bluegrass band Bluegrass 45 joins us this week for an original tune played on the infamous John Duffey Gibson F12 mandolin.



    In addition to his work with Bluegrass 45, Akira has curated and recorded a brand new tribute album to the past legend John Duffey of the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. This project features new recordings of John's music featuring an all-star ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #139 w/ Special Guest Aaron Ramsey

    Mountain Heart mandolinist Aaron Ramsey is our guest this week on Mandolin Mondays. "Redwing" never sounded so good as played by Aaron on his trusty Northfield mandolin.



    Based in North Carolina, Aaron has been a part of many bluegrass all-star projects over the years. One of my personal favorites is the all instrumental album Section House. https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/SectionHouse

    Additionally, ...
  7. Happy Ranger Owner, home on leave, wrote a nice review- Update

    A little update as the first Cherry Ranger went out today- sounds fantastic! Just thought some might be interested in these woods that are a bit different.
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    Thanks, NP!

    I love my Ranger! I upgraded to the walnut with radiused ebony fretboard. From the start I was blown away with how great it looked and sounded! You can’t beat its size and portability as ...

    Updated Sep-07-2018 at 5:20pm by Mary Weber

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  8. Mandolin Mondays #138 w. Special Guest Daniel Portalès

    This week we have another great international picker! French mandolinist Daniel Portalès joins us on Mandolin Mondays for an original tune played on his 2003 MF5 Collings mandolin.



    Daniel has a brand new album out with Bernard Minari under the name Mando Duo. The album features a collection of compelling music ranging from Ragtime to Brazilian Choro, to Irish, to bluegrass. Check it out here: https://duomando.wixsite.com/mandoduo/music-video ...
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  9. Mandolin Mondays #137 w/ Special Guest Magnus Zetterlund

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we have a special guest all the way from Sweden! Check out Magnus Zetterlund playing this beautiful traditional Swedish tune on his toneful Phoenix 2-point mandolin.



    In 2007, Magnus became the first Swedish mandolinist to graduate from higher education when he completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Today he teaches mandolin and guitar ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #136 w/ Special Guest Charlotte Carrivick

    Mandolin Mondays #136: The great UK multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Carrivick sends us a lovely chord melody arrangement of an old swing number played on her amazing mandolin built by Czech luthier Eduard Krištůfek.



    Charlotte has been at the head of the UK bluegrass and acoustic music scene for some time now. Though guitar is her main instrument, she is talented at everything from mandolin to trumpet. She's a core part of ...
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