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Mandolin Mondays #174 w/ Special Guest Mike Guggino

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Steep Canyon Rangers resident mandolin powerhouse Mike Guggino slays this original tune on his incredible Lloyd Loar.



Mike has been tearing up the scene with the Rangers for over a decade now. Perhaps best known for their work with comedian Steve Martin, they've also won Entertainer of the Year from IBMA in 2011 and earned widespread critical acclaim. Read more about Mike's career with the Rangers at this Mandolin Cafe interview here: https://www.mandolincafe.com/news/pu...s_001388.shtml

Here Mike talks about the tune and mandolin in this video, "This is an original tune called "Monroni Mandolin". It combines my two favorite styles of mandolin playing: Monroe downstroke and Italian folk. The inspiration for the tune (and the name) came from a comment a fan made to me after a show in North Carolina several years ago. A man walked up to me after our set and said "you play that mandolin pretty good for a good ol' I-talian boy. Sounds like Bill Monroni!" I thought it was hilarious! I immediately wanted to write a tune that blended the two styles. I am playing a July 9,1923 Gibson F-5 Mastermodel."

Be sure to connect with Mike at the following link below for more information about his music:

https://www.steepcanyon.com
https://www.instagram.com/mikeguggino/

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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Comments

  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Mike. Loving that big downstroke. Nicely played!
  2. Hajd's Avatar
    Beautiful playing! What is the serial number of this beautiful Lloyd Loar mandolin, please? Does it have a Virzi? According to the sound I suppose it does not. Many thanks.
  3. Bud Barnwell's Avatar
    I really like your tune. Thanks for sharing.
  4. BrianWilliam's Avatar
    Nice! Is that a VCR?
  5. Drew Egerton's Avatar
    Mike is killer at Monroe style and traditional Italian tunes, so this cool mashup makes sense! Following SCR for 15+ years now and having lessons with Mike when I was first getting started, I can say he's a heck of a guy as well!
  6. oliverkollar's Avatar
    Sounds great!

    Thanks!
  7. f5joe's Avatar
    Nice tune! At one time, he was playing/borrowing Steve Martin's Loar. Not sure, but I believe that was a different mando. To my ear, on the computer speakers, I'm guessing this one has a Virzi.

    Care to clarify Mike? Thanks
  8. ccravens's Avatar
    Great blending of styles!

    Loved it!
  9. Alfons's Avatar
    Now THAT's entertainment!
    Glad that idea stuck with you.
  10. Mandophile's Avatar
    Hi 'Cuz,
    ...that's some fine pluckin but now I want to hear that Monroni piece on a bowlback please! S~