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.