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  1. Mandolin Mondays #115 w/ Special Guest Korey Brodsky

    Korey Brodsky brings us an impressive solo mandolin arrangement of the Earl Scruggs classic "Groundspeed" on his J Bovier Mandolin.



    Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, Korey is now studying mandolin at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He's a top notch player on both mandolin and guitar and is already making waves in the Northeastern bluegrass and swing circles.

    In 2016, Korey released ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #112 w/ Special Guest Lauren Price

    This week Lauren Price of The Price Sisters joins us for some impressive Monroe stylings on her Buckeye mandolin.



    Lauren has been a traditional bluegrass thespian from the age of 9. Since then she's traveled far from her home in Sardis, Ohio to bring her music to festivals all over the states--even to China! In 2017, she graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky, where she earned a BA in traditional music with ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #103 w/ Special Guest Scott Napier

    The great Scott Napier wrote us a new original tune for this week's Mandolin Mondays! Hear that 1939 Gibson F5 sing!



    Scott has been knee deep in bluegrass for the past 20 years. At the start of his career, Scott spent 10 years playing with the bluegrass legend Larry Sparks and his band The Lonesome Ramblers. Since then, he has performed with bluegrass award winning groups such as Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Bobby Osborne, ...
  4. 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!

  5. Cane Mill Road - Five Speed

    Hey Cafe users!

    Cane Mill Road's new album "Five Speed" is out and available for purchase!

    you can order it here:

    https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/canemillroad

    I have played with Cane Mill Road for three years now, I did a brief stint on Guitar during the time when the album was made but I now play Mando and Fiddle for the group! (I play both Mando and Guitar on the album)

    Please check us out on Facebook:
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  6. Mandolin Mondays #78 /// "Bluegrass in the Backwoods"

    Happy birthday to everyone's favorite fiddler, bluegrass boy Kenny Baker, who was born this day 91 years ago. I recently learned this epic 5 part tune that he wrote, and wanted to play it in his memory.



    Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune in this video. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #48 - In Despair

    Hey everyone! In case you missed the big news, next year I'll be moving up to Boston to join the young, New England bluegrass band, Mile Twelve. I'm so excited about this new opportunity, and I'd love for you to hear the band! Here's a video of us playing and singing Bill Monroe's song "In Despair."



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays# 46 - John Hardy

    I think I was able to squeeze in just about every Sam Bush lick I know into this rendition of John Hardy. Slarge Son!



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social media. Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune in this video. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact me through my website: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/ ...
  9. How To Practice Taking Leads With Tactical Practicing

    ften in life the hardest things are the transitions. Sure, ice skating is hard, and rocket science is probably no picnic. But I am sure if you interviewed Nancy Kerrigan or Dr Robert Goddard, they would both agree that it was harder when they were getting started. Once youíre in the groove, things generally go your way, but getting up on that cold gleaming ice without face planting, thatís another story.
    And itís the same with playing music. As anyone knows whoís played an open mic, once ...
  10. My Musical Memoirs (or at least what I can remember!)

    Well, teaching music isn't always what it's cracked up to be, and sometimes it can be as challenging as other jobs, like firefighting or being a prison guard. I've decided to put some of my experiences to paper, and I now share them with you. I hope you find some amusement in reading them, and if you do, then by all means share them! Here is one chapter, and then I post the links at the bottom to the rest of the memoirs. Get a cup of coffee and gather up you cat and do some relaxing reading, because, ...