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    I've recently been doing "China Cat Sunflower" at our local weekly jam, complete with instrumental key change in the middle and the long ending jam in D. It was very well received and the long jam was incredibly creative, with lots of changes in texture and dynamics. We also do "Ripple" on a regular basis.

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    http://rukind.com/

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    I played shakedown with me on mandolin and a guitarist. We had a really good jam going on. Just the two of us. It was fun to do. Need to play some more. Just need to find some like minded folks around here
    Its not a backwards guitar.

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    I've been playing (drums) in a somewhat regular jam along with elec bass-elec guitar-amplified mandolin for about 6 months and it's been going really well. At most recent jam we did 27 min of Mississippi Half-Step -> China Doll -> Dear Prudence -> Mind Left Body Jam -> Playing in the Band (short version with no jam). Whew!

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    I've been working up mandolin versions of Loser and Sugaree for a while.
    Hopefully I can get motivated and post some videos soon...

    Also, search "Ripple, mandolin" on YouTube for my version of that if you haven't seen it yet.
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    Confessions of a reformed Deadhead:

    The first time I saw them live was March 10, 1970 - four days after my eighteenth birthday. I was a goner. For several years, I couldn't stand any other music. Finally, mid or late seventies, forced myself to go cold turkey.

    Since then, I 'll play along with Dead tunes but seldom initiate them, and I gravitate toward non-Dead music situations. It's either that or let my brain be eaten alive. When I do pull one out, it's likely to be something that most non-Deadheads won't recognize, like Loser or Candyman or New Minglewood Blues. Or one of their covers, like Big Boss Man or Big Railroad Blues or Mama Tried.

    I can do justice to the usual suspects - Friend, Know You Rider, Ripple, Uncle John's Band, Casey Jones, and so on - but playing that stuff makes me feel like an Elvis impersonator.

    But that's just me. It's all great music. Glad it's found a happy home in Mandoland!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Confessions of a reformed Deadhead:

    The first time I saw them live was March 10, 1970 - four days after my eighteenth birthday. I was a goner.
    That's an unknown date in Deadland. Where was this show?

    http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2010/04/march-1970.html

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    Check Dave mansfeilds new solo mandolin album. He covers all of working mans dead. It's great!
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    An arrangement of Stella Blue for Mandolin. Thanks for listening

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    Has anyone ever tabbed Dawg's part on "Ripple?" I can get the melody and chords easily enough but my ear just can't pick out his part, probably complicated by his use of double strings."

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    "Cold Rain and Snow" is another that I like to do on Mando. What a goldmine the Grateful Dead have provided for us.
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    I recently recorded Ripple for Seasons of the Ukulele: my three fovorite tunes.
    Not sure wether it's really one of my three favorite tunes but it certainly is in the Top 10!

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    Candyman also works played with uke accompaniment:

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    This middle solo poss fav Jerry solo. So melodic. Fun to play.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    I've recently been doing "China Cat Sunflower" at our local weekly jam, complete with instrumental key change in the middle and the long ending jam in D. It was very well received and the long jam was incredibly creative, with lots of changes in texture and dynamics. We also do "Ripple" on a regular basis.

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    Travelin' McCoury's do some very good covers of Loser and Cumberland Blues. Vassar Clements did an entire CD/Album of Dead (Dead Grass) songs as well as Jesse McReynolds.
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    Speaking of Jerry Garcia and the mandolin, here is the one actually playing the other! This is from a boxed set called "Before The Dead." It includes him playing in several configurations of musicians. This is a performance from May 1963 by a duo with his wife Sara, playing a song that would become a standard in sets by the Jerry Garcia Band. This is the first and only time I've heard him play mandolin, and he does a very nice job with it.



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    I purchased the CD set. The latest (1964 ?) stuff was actually pretty good. The most recent of the CD's, again, I think 1964, had a decent lineup of musicians, and some pretty good guitar and mandolin playing. The rest, definitely a work in progress. . Agree on the mandolin playing with Sara. A great buy for a true Dead fan, which I'm not. Likely I'll pass this along to a friend who is a true Dead-Head as it is a terrific historical perspective of the early days. Both Jerry and Rothman get a mention in the book, "Can't You Hear Me Callin'?" a bio of Bill Monroe.
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    Althea and Stella Blue for this life long deadhead .

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    Still shedding for upcoming Dead On Live Workingman's Dead/American Beauty, cover to cover, note for note show. Believe it or not, after all the hours of work, it's actually fun.....




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