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  1. Alfons's Avatar
    Nice tune - I dig that tremolo
  2. Hubs's Avatar
    Nice tune, nicely done! Thanks
  3. CES's Avatar
    Nicely done, sir!!

    So, a dentist from my home town in SC who played keys, guitar, and sang in garage bands in college (guessing early to mid-1980s) fell deep into BG and turned the family into a band. His wife was a classically trained bassist, so no brainer there. He sang lead and played guitar. Put the 8 year old on mando, 5 year old on banjo, and 3 year old on fiddle. Sunday night signings at church were, ahem, painful for a couple of years. Then it clicked with the younglings, and, man, they got good.

    They were at Merlefest sometime in the mid 90s and were heading back to camp around 11 pm when a group around a camp fire noticed the then 13 year old’s mandolin case. They called them over, said their mandolinist had a stomach bug and was back at the bus for the night, and asked her to sit in. The group was Alison Kraus and Union Station when Adam Steffey was with them. I don’t think her feet touched the ground for 3 months. They played til sometime after 1 am, and these world class musicians just welcomed her right in. Awesome folks to do that!!
  4. atestrings's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grassrootphilosopher
    Very nice.

    I like the "quirky" tune. It speaks to the Monroe side of my personality.

    The Presto Case (left corner has more stickers than mine). I hear some sounds of my mandolin in that Duff F-5. I wonder if it is x-braced or tone bar braced. I would like a back to back tryout...

    I wonder if he owns a Strad-O-Lin. All of that would sound like there are more similarities between two people than what´s normal...
    Thanks for the compliment.
    I would welcome a back-to-back comparison. My Duff has tone bars. It's sugar maple back and sides with a red spruce top.
    I do not have a Strad-O-Lin, but would love to hear yours.
    My other mandos of note are a 2013 Campanella, a 1983 Flatiron A5-2, and a 1925 A jr.
  5. grassrootphilosopher's Avatar
    Very nice.

    I like the "quirky" tune. It speaks to the Monroe side of my personality.

    The Presto Case (left corner has more stickers than mine). I hear some sounds of my mandolin in that Duff F-5. I wonder if it is x-braced or tone bar braced. I would like a back to back tryout...

    I wonder if he owns a Strad-O-Lin. All of that would sound like there are more similarities between two people than what´s normal...
  6. cayuga red's Avatar
    A fantastic song and played beautifully.
  7. g-mac's Avatar
    Wow! Beautiful arrangement and very expressive playing. Well done, sir!!
  8. asIsaidtomyfriend's Avatar
    Perfect music for my coffee and oatmeal breakfast at 6am. Thank you Richard for starting my day off right!
  9. Rick Jones's Avatar
    Absolutely lovely! I'll be spending some serious time trying to transcribe this - unless there is an arrangement available?
  10. Nick Royal's Avatar
    Richard is a great player....and a friendly guy! He turned me on to some nice classical duos by
    German composer, Kurt Schwaen
  11. Cheryl Watson's Avatar
    Hey Richard, that's a superbly creative and flowing arrangement, very well played, and nice Ellis!
  12. Don Stiernberg's Avatar
    Okay now we're talkin'!
  13. Tom Fuldner's Avatar
    Brilliant work, Mr. Kriehn! Thank you for sharing your arrangement of what Sir Paul has said is one of his favorite songs. You do it more than justice.
  14. DougC's Avatar
    A very nice and 'masterful' arrangement of the tune. Richard most always shows a relaxed and complete command of the instrument. He's definitely one of the top mandolin players in the world.

    ...IMHO
  15. cayuga red's Avatar
    Good playing and what a mandolin!
  16. Alfons's Avatar
    Beautiful! Great arrangement, and nice mix of techniques throughout.
  17. James Vwaal's Avatar
    Very nice!
  18. Alfons's Avatar
    Nice arrangement! That's some serious fun.
  19. Leester's Avatar
    Well done Marcel, thanks for sharing your talents with us.
  20. newton's Avatar
    Very nice!
  21. cayuga red's Avatar
    Nice little tune. And another great sounding Gibson. Thanks for sharing.
  22. Cheryl Watson's Avatar
    Hi Mickey, nice chord melody version of Mr. Sandman. Looks like you have been playing the heck out of your Gibson!
  23. jnikora's Avatar
    Had to listen twice - pretty sure I'll be back again!
  24. DanielP's Avatar
    Yep. Bravo !
  25. Nick Royal's Avatar
    Really nice!! A great song and I liked his interpretation of it.
  26. Jesse Appelman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Don Stiernberg
    Awesome!
    Chord-Melody Rules!
    you're a jazz man
    did everyone spot the copy of Tea For One on top of the vinyl collection? That record is by one of Hank Williams's best friends.
    really great Jesse
    Thanks so much, Don! That means a lot. Hope we can play some tunes one of these days. And yeah, I figured you might notice Jethro lurking behind me, watching my every move, making me sweat...
  27. Don Stiernberg's Avatar
    Awesome!
    Chord-Melody Rules!
    you're a jazz man
    did everyone spot the copy of Tea For One on top of the vinyl collection? That record is by one of Hank Williams's best friends.
    really great Jesse
  28. Rich0522's Avatar
    Jesse....Thanks for posting this one! Love this song and have never heard it played so great on solo Mandolin.
    Sounded fantastic!
  29. Alfons's Avatar
    Wow! Love me some Hank Williams, and some chord melody. Now I love 'em together! Brilliant.
  30. cayuga red's Avatar
    Very tasteful playing. Good sounding mando. Thanks for posting.
  31. Glassweb's Avatar
    Nice!
  32. DaveNils's Avatar
    Yowza. Beautiful playing and song selection. My fav Monday session in recent memory. When I consider exactly how I want a mandolin to sound...Jesse and that Nugget pretty much nail it.
  33. Alfons's Avatar
    Very nice.
  34. Don Grieser's Avatar
    Gabe has been to a couple of the Monroe Camps. Always a blast to have him in a jam there. What a fine young player! Kudos to David for featuring Gabe! And that Sullivan is a hoss.
    Updated Jan-29-2024 at 11:49am by Don Grieser
  35. cayuga red's Avatar
    Great young talent and terrific tune. And that Sullivan is a keeper.

    Belmont University should be very proud.

    Thanks for posting!
  36. Paul Statman's Avatar
    Bostin!
  37. cayuga red's Avatar
    Nothing like a Gibson.
    Great tune.
  38. Alfons's Avatar
    Thanks Pete! Nicely done. Cool tone you're getting out of that A2.
  39. cayuga red's Avatar
    Terrific and very sweet performance by a talented musician. She does justice to that fine sounding mandolin.
  40. Eric Hanson's Avatar
    Talented young lady!
    It will be great to see more of her success as she continues play!
  41. rbep's Avatar
    That's splendid playing. Luke makes it look easy. That's the mark of a real master. And the tone isn't just the instrument, I also play a Duff and, even though it's a fantastic instrument, I don't sound half so good.
  42. darylcrisp's Avatar
    loved it, thanks for be here and performing for us!
    d
  43. Alfons's Avatar
    Fine music on a fine mandolin. Great job
  44. Nick Royal's Avatar
    Really nice! ...he makes it look easy....which for would not be so.
  45. cayuga red's Avatar
    Snappy tune, well played. Stiver makes a fine mandolin. Thanks for posting.
  46. Mike Marshall's Avatar
    SO nice to see our mandocellos getting some love, Thanks Luke for doing it so well. More please!
  47. Alfons's Avatar
    Love the articulation
  48. tmsweeney's Avatar
    Really great playing by Luke, he has a lot of great solo mandocello videos out there.
  49. Jim Imhoff's Avatar
    Luke is one of the players and composers that contributed to my mandocello meets at CMSA conventions. His music and his playing are creative, nimble, and beautiful. He puts to rest the argument I hear so often (in the CBOM thread) that the mandocello is too difficult to play, the C string is too heavy, get an octave instead...etc. My teacher Fabio Giudice says that most people playing the MCello are mandolin players who picked it up for ensemble work, to fill out the quartet or orchestra. Luke is clearly a master of the instrument on its own terms, and is creating more music specifically for it; glad he is getting this recognition.
  50. Perry's Avatar
    Really enjoyed everything about that.
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