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  1. Mandolin Mondays #14 - Jeff Sturgeon

    Meet Jeff the Sturgeon and PD the napping dog. What better company to play crooked old time music with.



    Thanks so much for watching! 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/

    Happy Picking!

    David
  2. Mandolin Mondays #13 - Bach Gm Fuga and Presto

    Just for Bach's birthday (March 21st) here's a closet recording from the vault. Back in 2014 I tried learning these two movements from Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1 in Gm BWV 1001. This performance is far from perfect, but it was probably the best I was ever able to play it.



    I don't have the tab for this one (that would be pretty intense), but I'd still love to connect with you if you're interested in discussing fingerings or ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #12 - Tell Me Something Good

    Things are getting a little funky here at Mandolin Mondays. Here's my stab at trying to sound like the great Chaka Khan and the whole Rufus band on the mandolin all at once.



    Thanks so much for watching! 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/ ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #11 - Not Your Momma's Jigs

    Happy St. Patty's Day from Mandolin Mondays! Trying to get my down, up, down, down, up, down on with this set of Irish jigs. These tunes have some of the most novel titles I could find: "The Cat's Meow," "Jump at the Sun," and "The Cowboy." Brought to you with festive faux green screen (its really just a painted green wall).



    Thanks so much for watching! Also, I've written out the tab/notation ...

    Updated Mar-14-2016 at 12:34pm by dbmandolin

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #10 - Ross's Landing

    This March marks the 2 year anniversary of my first record, Into the True Country. The album has played a huge part in bringing me to where I am now, and I'm so thankful for all the help I received to make the project a reality. So, to celebrate I'm giving away free downloads of the whole record on Noisetrade for the remainder of the month! Click HERE to get your own copy, and help spread the word to all your friends!



    And ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #9 - Skating in Central Park

    I recently cooked up this chord melody arrangement of the great jazz waltz, "Skating in Central Park" by John Lewis. I first heard the tune off of the Bill Evans and Jim Hall duo record, Undercurrent. Both the tune and the record have become fast favorites. It was fun trying out some false harmonics with this one.



    If anyone is interested in learning this arrangement, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #8 - Pokemon Red and Blue

    I went full nerd this week! It's the 20th anniversary of the classic Pokemon Red and Blue Gameboy games. I remember playing these when I was a wee lad and figured a couple others might recall the relentlessly catchy sound track. So here's a little selection of some of the classy 8-bit music composed for the game by Junichi Masuda. Nerd on!



    Thanks for indulging me! If anyone is interested in learning this arrangement, I've ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #7 - Garfield's Blackberry Blossom

    Happy President's Day! Today, here's a rendition of everybody's favorite presidential fiddle tune, originating back to the playing of the great old time fiddler Ed Haley. I picked up a few licks from other versions by John Hartford, Stuart Duncan, and Adam Steffey, and I threw in a few licks of my own too. Hope you enjoy!



    Thanks for watching! If anyone is interested, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #6 - "You've Got a Friend in Me"

    Trying to channel my inner Don Stiernberg this week for this jazzy Randy Newman piece, "You've Got a Friend in Me," made famous by Pixar's Toy Story. Had to break out my "groove face" towards the middle there...



    Thanks for tuning in this week! If anyone is interested in learning this arrangement, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune. I'd love to connect with you and send you ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #5 - The Evolution of TV Sitcom Theme Songs

    Happy one month Mandolin Mondays anniversary! To celebrate, here's a very special installment--my most involved so far. Everybody loves TV, right? Here is a small representation of the theme songs from some of the most popular TV sitcoms dating from 1951 through 2013--all in their respective original keys.



    Thanks so much for watching! If you like the video, I'd appreciate it so much if you'd share it with your friends. Also, ...
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