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August 16th, 2006

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01:06 am - What do I need to know?
I dont play the mandolin yet and I just want to learn more about it as of right now. I want to pick up some mandolin specific albums to listen to, and immerse myself in the instrument and all it has to offer.
I was happy to see this community existed, I am uninformed and would love to know more.

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Date:August 16th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Sam Bush was on the Bob & Tom show about a month ago. I forgot to save the show and clip out the bits with him, but they have a short video with him here (wait till the guy w/ the banjo leaves).

I personally got interested in the mandolin after I saw Big Wooden Radio at a concert in downtown Iowa City. The band is from here, and they do a lot of bluegrass, with mandolin prominent in most of their songs (the one I can think of that doesn't have mandolin in it is totally a capella</a>). I actually put on their music to try to play along.
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Date:August 16th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Any particular types of music? Are you interested in other mandolin familiy instruments as well?
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Date:August 16th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Well, as of right now, I cant help but love blue grass which is a very large group of music I suppose. Thats a big part of my problem I feel really limited. I am baisically just obsessed. I dont know exactly what other instruments those would be, but chances are that I love them all.
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Date:August 17th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
For bluegrass, Bill Monroe for certain. Sam Bush has been mentioned. Tim O'Brien has some mando-heavy recordings.
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Date:August 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)

Mandolin CDs

Bill Monroe atarted it all, and his playing style is widely imitated. There should be a collection of his instrumentals on CD somewhere.
David "Dawg" Grisman is the early next generation mandolin picker. His playing gets away from bluegrass and into "Newgrass." He has a great 3-CD compilation of his group DCQ - David Grisman Quintet on Acoustic Disk. Get that for all thew range of mandolin form bluegrass to newgrass to jazz.
Chris Thile is today's generation of Mandolin players, and he has a couple of duet CDs out with Mike Marshall, another mandolin virtuoso.
If you like swing, then my Idol Jethro Burns has "Sing Low, Sweet Mandolin" and "Bye Bye Blues" on the Acoustic Disc label that really show his style well.
The "Mandolin Extravaganza" 2-CD disk set from Acoustic Disk showcases Ronnie McCoury, Dawg Grisman, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Osborne, and Jesse McReynolds--all masters of the mandolin.
These will keep you busy for quite some time.
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Date:December 12th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)


Jethro Burns, Marty Stuart & Ricky Scaggs ----- have fun!!!

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