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  1. Hey Jeff! You planning to make Zoukfest by chance? Carolyn? I am leaning towards attending, would be neat to see you all there.
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    JD - just found this site w/ some very cool Fraley. Is it my imagination or did he make it a point of being 20 cents flat on purpose? Sorta like the classical composers @ A336 or 8 instead of A440.??? Any way thanks for turning me on to him (and his wife) - you're battin 1000.
  3. Jeff: Just read your "funny stuff", etc. in your signature line. Good pictures/mando references and funny! Enjoyed it. Got to go, time to play the mandolin at the old folks home. Regards, Mandolinlee. (Lee H.Bayliss)
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    Jeff, Thanks for turning me on to Wild Rose of the Mountain and 1050 Reels and Jigs. My cup runneth over at the moment because of these two finds from looking at your posts/blogs. Bob Grieco
  5. Thanks Jeff. I don't want to part with it because I'm sure it will break my heart when and if i do but needs must sadly. Them's the breaks I guess. Thanks for replying though, this is my fist time on the Mandolin Cafe site in all these years. Good isn't it !
  6. I alway thank everyone for the kind words, and earnestly hope they are kept in mind if and when I manage to torque folks off sometime in the future.
  7. Hey, Jeff....just a short note to say you help me a lot with your insightful and often articulate (sometimes controversial) comments and deductions. I look forward to your comments when I post and you are among the 4 or 5 replyers that I go looking for in a post. Don't get all "puffed-up" with this, eh....(wink)....Canadian, Duane.
  8. Thanks again for the feedback! This is one journey where I'll definitely have to "stop & ask directions!"
  9. Where are you in up state? I went to college in Canton (way up state) and live over in WRJ VT.
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Been playing mandolin longer than I have been gainfully employed. Been fishing longer than that.
Upstate New York and Washington DC area
old timey (N&S), celtic, classical/quartet, medieval/ren, contra, bluegrass, fiddle tunes
unrelated to music, or fishing for that matter


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The Mandolin in America

by JeffD on Jan-19-2017 at 12:39am
I recall, a long time ago in a grade school far, far away, a teacher attempting to take us into the very distant past and get us to imaginatively appreciate ancient history in the first person. As if we were there, in ancient times, living it. This must have been fifth grade, or likely earlier. A class mate raised his hand and offered the observation that, ďit was much easier to go to school back then. Kids didnít have as much history to learn.Ē

I think this is a very American observation.

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Updated Jan-27-2017 at 9:46am by JeffD


Musical Heroes Take Three

by JeffD on Dec-16-2016 at 12:19pm
I have shared my thinking regard super star mandolin performers. Here and here.

Well let me relate a recent experience and share with you a new thought, or at least a new way of saying it.

The other night I was sitting around playing with some friends. I was the only mandolin, and I was sitting with two guitars, four or five fiddles, two banjos, and a church bass. Adult drinks were in attendance as well.

We were collectively and individually having the time

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An Interactive Story

by JeffD on Dec-05-2016 at 1:28pm
I am going to tell you a story, the last lines of which you will please supply in the comments below. Itís a fictional story. Any resemblance between anyone in the story and any flesh and blood person is the result of a heck of a lot of work. Something like this has happened, and other things have happened too. The discrete experiences we collect throughout our lives are like individual notes. With enough of them you can write just about any tune.

A cold snowy day, a warm inviting

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Updated Dec-05-2016 at 4:09pm by JeffD


Its a tonic I recommend.

by JeffD on Nov-06-2016 at 2:41pm
I sat down the other afternoon, with my mandolin, just me and myself, and played and played and played. Missed dinner and played until bed time.

The rip-snorting great time I had took me far away from the issues of the day, national, local, social, political. It transported me way beyond whether Sierra Hull can be considered a bluegrasser, or whether or not one should be admonished for using a capo, whether an octave mandolin is a mandola or a tenor mandola or a tenor mandolin, or whether

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Electric Mandolin - A New Context

by JeffD on Oct-16-2016 at 2:52pm
In this posting I wrote about finding a context in which my messing around with electric mandolin makes some sense.

The jamming opportunities I naively sought out have been dead ends. It seems that, for the most part, jamming is not what one does on an electric mandolin.

What I am finding is that as an electric I am an outsider to the mainstream of mandolin and as a mandolin I am an outside the mainstream of electric guitar. I am forced to figure something out on my own.

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Updated Oct-16-2016 at 3:21pm by JeffD