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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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, ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #4 - Charleston #1

    Time to use a big right arm and play some no nonsense old time music--complete with oldies records in the background. This is an incredibly fun, really crooked tune I learned from the playing Narmour & Smith by route of one of my favorite fiddlers, Rayna Gellert.

    I've written out the exact 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 ...

    Updated Feb-01-2016 at 11:59am by dbmandolin

  7. Mandolin Mondays #3 - Beatles Mandolin Medley

    Happy Mandolin Monday again! Here's a chord melody medley of three of my favorite Beatles tunes: "Day Tripper," "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," and "Lady Madonna." This arrangement was a particular challenge, trying to play the melody with those fun Beatles bass lines simultaneously.

    Thanks so much for watching! I've written out the tab for the whole medley. Drop me a line through my website if you'd ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #2 - Hard Times Come Again No More

    Happy early Stephen Foster Memorial Day (Jan 13th)!! For the second installment of my weekly Mandolin Mondays music videos, here's an original rendition of this great American songwriter's well known tune, "Hard Times Come Again No More." I had fun exploring a lot of chord melody and crosspicking possibilities with this one.

    Also, I've written out tab for the arrangement exactly like I played it in this video. Send ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #1 - Huckleberry Hornpipe

    This year I'm taking on a new mandolin challenge! Every monday I'll be posting a new homemade mandolin music video of original arrangements of familiar tunes from all genres. And what better way to start a new mandolin tradition than with an old fiddle tune played too fast, with too many notes, and with questionably appropriate interpretations of traditional music styles. Here's a couple passes of an old favorite: Byron Berline's "Huckleberry Hornpipe."

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