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About Daniel Nestlerode
Born in central Pennsylvania, seasoned in the Bay Area of California, and happy as a clam in Cambridge! I play, teach, and love music and mandolins!
Music of all kinds, Road Cycling, Writing
Musician. Also Client Mgr for a small insulation company



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Weekend Workshop with Simon Mayor

by Daniel Nestlerode on Jan-19-2015 at 4:44pm
The first thing all my fellow Americans need to know is that Simon Mayor is a monster player. Tone and technique for days. He's not a Bluegrass guy, and that may be why he gets fairly little attention from mandolin communities dominated by the good people of the Americas. If you need a genre or category to wrap your mind around, then think of him as cut from the same mold (or mould as they spell it here) as Mike Marshall. He's an excellent all-rounder, plays fluidly through pretty much anything

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Updated Jan-22-2015 at 10:46am by Daniel Nestlerode

Acoustic Adventures

Studio Log: More Than a Little Guitar, ch. 4

by Daniel Nestlerode on Sep-19-2013 at 4:23pm
You did not miss chapter 3, and neither is the title a typo. I decided writing about paperwork was a kind of a meta-hell in which only the most self absorbed self abusers are punished. Lacking an appetite for self-harm, I'm skipping on to chapter 4.

[If you're really interested in UK registration of recordings and albums drop me line and we can talk. It is an involved process.]

The mastering is complete! I got something called a PQ sheet from the mastering engineer

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Recording Sessions

Studio Log: More Than a Little Guitar, ch. 2

by Daniel Nestlerode on Sep-05-2013 at 4:28am
I do need to make an amendment to my last blog.

I used a different process to record instrumental than songs. The CD track, "St Anne's Reel/Whiskey Before Breakfast," was recorded without a scratch track. I simply sat down in front of the mic setup that we used to record the guitar rhythm tracks and banged out 72 bars, using my Santa Cruz Guitar Company dreadnought as the rhythm instrument. (32 for St. Anne's Reel, 32 for Whiskey Before Breakfast, and the B part to Whiskey

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Updated Sep-05-2013 at 5:48am by Daniel Nestlerode

Recording Sessions

Studio Log: More Than a Little Guitar, ch. 1

by Daniel Nestlerode on Aug-29-2013 at 6:02pm
A couple of weeks ago I finished a 10 day recording session for my new CD which will carry the title More Than a Little Guitar. At the outset the goal was to make a folk/singer-songwriter album framed around the mandolin as primary rhythm and lead instrument.

To record a song, I would sit in the studio with mics on playing the song as though I was performing it. My producer, Brooks Williams, and my engineer, Chris Pepper, would find the tempo and create a drum track that suited

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Updated Aug-30-2013 at 2:57am by Daniel Nestlerode

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In Rochester. Um, no not New York. Rochester, England

by Daniel Nestlerode on May-07-2013 at 4:10am
Seriously, I had no idea England had a Rochester too. But every time I come across an English city with the same name as an American one, like Boston, I think, "Well duh. They had to get the name somewhere,"

In any case Rochester is a lovely little town that holds a medieval castle and cathedral. They have a folk festival there every year called Rochester Sweeps Festival. I appeared on Sunday the 5th of May at the Busker's Corner. The stage was set up between the castle

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