Below is a video of my arrangement of “Old Joe Clarke,” on one mandolin. This tune has been a staple in old-time jam sessions for over a hundred years. Although originally written for the fiddle this song is very accessible on all stringed instruments. For all you players out there, stay posted for guitar tracks, […]
Sailing To Denver is well on their way to polishing off a full length album, the first from our newly formed recording studio. Necessity is the mother of invention! Our Americana roots influences, and string band instrumentation make this realistic. As well as tons of fun. If you click on the new Donate button you […]
In this entry I will be using terms and from intermediate music theory. But not to worry, I will explain in detail and you will not be quizzed on the material. With that behind me, the trick I am explaining today has many names, “The Axis of 3rds and 7ths,” as Jazzmando’s site likes to […]
This mandolin lends itself to playing melodies and rhythms with sustaining notes. This is part due to the oval hole, and part just good construction and tone. I like how it sounds on some traditional Irish tunes, below is a video with me playing The Temperance Reel. If people are interested I would be happy […]
I recently got an HD webcam for recording videos and giving skype lessons. Since I am new to using the web for real time lessons I am giving my first away for free. First come first serve. Click on the contact link in the tool bar and if you are the first we can set […]
Jethro Burns is one of my favorite all time musicians. He really changed what was considered mandolin music for the better. From bluegrass to Swing, to Gypsy Jazz and back. Beyond description. Below is a video of me playing half of a tune he wrote, so this is in honor of the man himself.