Author: Michael Reichenbach

electric mandolin

Don Julin – Electric Mandolin & Mandola – Mandolins…

Recently I have listened to some videos with Don Julin on electric mandola and electric mandolin, and I have compiled a Don Julin playlist.

Don Julin is the author of Mandolin for Dummies / Mandolin Exercises for Dummies, and he has a online instruction website “Mandolins heal the World” where he teaches how to play the mandolin. It’s interesting that he is also trying to teach the mandolin like a language:

My philosophy is that music is a language and should be learned as a language. If we take a look at how we learn to speak, we may find some interesting parallels. The way a young child learns to speak is by hearing adults and siblings make sounds. At first the child simply imitates the sounds of the vowels and consonants and eventually forms words. After a while the child can string words together to begin communicating with others. It is at that time that we introduce the child to the printed page. I am simply suggesting that we approach music the same way. As in any language, you can further your study to include theory, history, and the evolution of this language, but in the long run what most folks really want is to be able to join the musical conversation. 

You can find more information about Don Julin and his Mandolin Heals The World website in an interview on the Mandolin Cafe website.

You can find great Jazz tunes with electric mandolin or electric mandola played by Don Julin like “You make ma skin crawl”, but also a great selection of Bluegrass tunes in my playlist.

Playliste Don Julin

Don Julin Mandolin Lessons – Playlist

Ther are some basic mandolin lessons available in Don Julins Mandolin Lessons channel.

Website Don Julin

Mandolins heal the World – Interview Mandolin Cafe

Mandolins heal the World – Website

Don Julin Mandolin Lessons – youtube channel

mandolin ensemble

The Wisconsin / Vega Project – Exploring America’s Forgotten…

The New Vintage Frets is an American mandolin ensemble based in Wisconsin. In 2018 this ensemble produced a CD titled:
The Wisconsin/Vega Project CD


This unique CD offers present day recordings of century-old mandolin ensemble arrangements thoughtfully selected from Wisconsin-based mandolin orchestra libraries. Pieces in the collection were published in either the 1890s or early 1900s. The recordings were made in 2017 and 2018 with string parts played on antique, Vega brand mandolin-family instruments.

Fencing Master (Jas Harper) – Life Performance

More information about this CD can be found on the website of the New Vintage Frets:
https://newvintagefrets.com/cds/

Playlist The Wisconsin/Vega Project

Review:
https://shepherdexpress.com/music/album-reviews/the-wisconsinvega-project-by/

Review:
https://www.wuwm.com/post/new-vintage-frets-friends-combine-antique-mandolins-vintage-wisconsin-compositions#stream/0

Website New Vintage Frets:
https://newvintagefrets.com/

learn to play the mandolin

Tunefox – Learn to Play Bluegrass Tunes

Tunefox is a new web and app based learning tool for bluegrass instruments. I was asked by Bennett Sullivan to present tunefox in my blog.

Tunefox is primaily a web and app based learning tool for banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. To use all the features of tunefox you need to subscribe.

As a subscriber you get access to the app or website with tutorials for many Bluegrass tunes. For each tune you can select between different levels of difficulty and between different playling styles. You can try the free tunes Cripple Creek and Worried Man Blues on the website.

To learn the tune you can play along the TABs, change the playback speed and shuffle the licks of the tune which can create many different solo versions for each tune.

You can also use the free beginner lessons, blog posts, youtube videos and other resources of tunefox without paying.

Tunefox is presented in the following introduction video:

Salt Creek Advanced Mandolin Solo

Tunefox will have it’s first Tunefox Camp with Mike Compton as mandolin instructor and other experienced Bluegrass instructors in May 2019. You can find detailed information about the tunefox camp on the tunefox website.

Additional information

Tunefox Youtube Channel

Tunefox youtube playlists

Tunefox Website

Tunefox Blog

Tunefox Camp

singer / songwriter

Iona Fyfe – Scots Singer of the Year

In one of the recent episodes of the Folk Radio Podcast – Folk Radio Episode 51 – I have discovered a song that I did like immediately – especially because I could recognize a nicely played mandolin. This way I have discovered the music of Scottish singer Iona Fyfe.

The song Swing and Turn is taken from the new album Dark Turn of Mind which got a review by Folk Radio. Folk Radio writes about Swing and Turn: 
„As for those iconic tradition-bearers mentioned earlier – Jean Ritchie was the source for the lively, upbeat Swing and Turn. Iona was inspired to take on this song after seeing it performed by Boston singer/fiddler Laura Cortese at the Orkney Folk Festival, and her own arrangement seems to celebrate the host of links between Scottish and Appalachian traditions. „

Guise of Tough – Celtic Connections 2018

On this video you can see the mandolin player Graham Rorie together with Iona Fyfe:

Iona Five has just got an award at the SCOTS Trad Music Awards 2018: Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Iona Fyfe

Playlist Iona Fyfe

Website Iona Fyfe

Website Graham Rorie