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Larry Rice (1949-2006)

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Larry Rice, a renowned mandolin player, began his bluegrass career by playing in his father’s band, the Golden State Boys. He later formed his own band (the Haphazards) with brothers Tony and Ronnie. In the

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Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein

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What type of music do these two versatile musicians and excellent instrumentalist play? Not bluegrass, not country, not folk, what is it?

I do not really care! I love their smooth voices, using an mandola/octave and letting

Easy Chords

Playing chords on the mandolin doesn’t have to be difficult or complex.

Although there are many variants of chords that when used by mandolin masters and especially jazz musicians can give great depth and rich sound to the tiny instrument we love (the mandolin), there are also easy chords to be played on the mandolin.

Easy Chords

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My first concert with Athens Plectrum Strings Orchestra. I loved it!

Few days ago, on Saturday 26th of April, I performed for the first time with the Plectrum Strings Orchestra of Athens and it was amazing! The concert took place at the German Evangelist Church in Athens

Easy Mandolin Tuning with just a Guitar

There are many ways to tune your mandolin. When selecting a way, you must take into account various conditions. For example, when you are trying to tune in a noisy environment, tuning by ear may

Hamilton de Hollanda performs Capricho do Sul

Capricho de Sul is included in the latest CD release from Hamilton de Holanda Trio.

Hamilton de Holanda(10-string mandolin) transgressor of the mandolin adding 2 extra strings. André Vasconcellos (double bass) a reference point in the Brazilian bass and Thiago

Mandolin for Beginners: Lesson 1

Big day today! Starting mandolin lessons to my 10-year old child Panos and the 13-year old Alexandra and I am excited. I want to show them how much fun playing the mandolin can be and

How to play B augmented mandolin chords

There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the B augmented (Baug) mandolin chord. In this article you can find the most common mandolin chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience.

SHEL: Video Playlist

I discovered Shel in May 2013 just after I stumbled upon excellent Eva Holbrook Youtube Video, Tuscany. I was really impressed by Eva, and her creative use of the mandolin in Tuscany, so I started looking around for

Mandolin Events Calendar just released

Big day today! I am very excited that I have just released a new ‘Mandolin Events’ feature here at theMandolinTuner. If you are interested, please take a look and let me know what you think

Learning Pacoca for mandolin – Searching for the music sheet

This article is about a song I heard via Pandora radio, called Pacoca, by Celso Machado.

The original piece was written for flute and guitar and it is a song with such character and personality, that made me wonder

Learning Double from Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002, J.S.Bach

During the last two weeks, as I mentioned in my latest post full of energy after an exciting summer, I have been studying an excellent piece of music, Double (no.6) from Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV

Focusing on common chords

Hope you are well and enjoying life, health and music!

My news: This week, I am doing a lot of work in the mandolin chords database of theMandolinTuner. My focus is now the common chords (major,

Full of energy after an exciting summer!

This is a very busy and exciting period! Just back from summer vacation, and I am full of energy and new ideas.

The first project I started, is an article series for Pacoca by Celso Machado.

Chris Thile performs Bach, Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002: VII – Tempo di Borea

The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. They consist of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas, in dance-form

Avi Avital – Introduction to Bach Album

This is Avi Avital debut album for Deutsche Grammophon, devoted to one of his great passions: the music of J.S. Bach. The programme includes Avi’s own mandolin transcriptions of three concertos and a trio sonata

Danilo Brito and Mike Marshal – Desvairada

“Desvairada” is a three part valse-choro played in 6/8 and has the form: ABBACCA, the piece containing several examples of appegios in double timing, very intricate to master.

Here it is played by two members of

Cherub WMT-555C tuner and metronome review

As I mentioned before in my SNARK SN-8 tuner review, I tend to tune by ear, at least when I am practicing at home, as it is a mental exercise as well. You need to

SNARK SN-8 Super-tight tuner review

Being a mandolin and guitar player for almost 37 years, I got used to mainly use my ear to tune my mandolins and guitars. Nevertheless, there are some occasions where a digital tuner can be

All you need to know about mandolin picks

The pick can have as big an effect on sound and playability of your mandolin as a bow does for a violin – on the other hand if you do not know how to play violin

Left Hand Techniques for Beginners

Although mandolin is an excellent instrument for beginners, it is natural a student to feel  strange at the beginning even trying to hold this new instrument right and to be full of questions.

Taking even a

Libertango, by Astor Piazzola and how to play it

Libertango is a composition by tango composer Ástor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. The title is a portmanteau merging “Libertad” (Spanish for liberty) and “Tango”, symbolizing Piazzolla’s break from Classical Tango to Tango Nuevo.

This composition has appeared on over 500 separate releases and I think for a good reason. The original release was recorded in May 1974 at “Mondial Sound Studio”, Milan (Italy), with Astor Piazzolla (the composer) playing the bandoneón.

This is a piece of music that I really like, so I decided to play it on the mandolin. You can hear my performance below.

How to Play Five Easy Mandolin Chords

Strumming chords is a nice way to begin playing songs on the mandolin. But, as you may already know, there are a lot of chords and for each chord there are many ways to play