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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


Olga Egorova – Mandolinpower from Russia – With Electric…

Olga Egorova is a mandolin player from Russia. As most mandolin players in Russia she has studied the domra first and has got a degree in classical music from the music academy in Moscow. After this she began to play the mandolin too and has studied bluegrass, folk and other music for the mandolin. Finally she has discovered the looper as an effectiv device to make her very special music.

With the looper she can develop pieces track by track to produce the sound of a complete ensemble just with a single mandolin. Every now and then she tips onto one of the pedals arranged on the floor (she obviously likes to do this barefoot…) – that looks fascinating and it’s alot of fun to watch her.

But Olga Egorova can also play great music without a looper, like her version of the famous Asturias, the first piece in my playlist below.

Olga Egorova has also composed the music for several children stories that are also available as youtube videos:

In the German version of this article I have added a set of screenshots from youtube videos that shows different facets of Olga Egorova.

Playlist Olga Egorova

Read more “Olga Egorova – Mandolinpower from Russia – With Electric Mandolin, Looper and other Effect Pedals”

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Reignwolf – Mandolin Song – A Great Performance with…

Some time ago I have discovered this video by  Reignwolf (Jordan Cook) on twitter. Jordan Cook plays an electric mandolin.

Reignwolf – Mandolin Song & The Chain – Rockwood Music Hall NYC 2012-11-13

An incredible performance, guys, catch him if he’s playing anywhere near you. Loved that rendition of The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)…..

Reignwolf has been named one of the 10 artists you need to know in 2014:

10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2014

Playlist Reignwolf

Videos with guitar and some other versions of the mandolin song. In the first video Reignwolf plays a solo with guitar or mandolin and plays the bass drum with his feet. In the third piece (Chain) you can see his mandolin technique very well – mostly he plays with the thumb and middle- or ringfinger, and holds the pick with the index finger to be able to play with the pick as well.

More videos:

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Jimmie Skinner with Ray Lunsford – The King of…

On tumblr I have found a picture of Ray Lunsford – a cover from an EP that says: Ray Lunsford – The King of the Electric Mandolin

I have found one youtube video with Ray Lunsford – the Carroll Country Blues:

Ray Lunsford – Carroll Country Blues

Ray Lunsford is also referenced in videos with Jimmie Skinner. Ray Lunsford played with Jimmie Skinner in many records like in the following two videos:

Jimmie Skinner – Just Ramblin’ On

JIMMIE SKINNER Ramblin boy blues

Playlists with Ray Lunsford and Jimmie Skinner

Ray Lunsford and his mandolin can obviously be seen on some of the shown record sleeves.

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Wikipedia about Jimmie Skinner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmie_Skinner

Skinner’s early records were notable for their sparse instrumentation, usually backed by electric mandolinist Ray Lunsford.

Blog post about Jimmie Skinner: http://www.bigvjamboree.com/JimmieSkinnerJustRamblinOn.htm

Ray Lunsford’s contribution to the early Jimmie Skinner sound should be acknowledged on a higher level ; he was to Skinner what Luther Perkins was to Johnny Cash – another way to measure the influence of the former on the latter. Ray never strayed far from the melody line and rarely launched into furious soli, but his playing was pleasant and complemented Skinner’s vocals to perfection. Around the mid-fifties, Lunsford had three instrumental singles on the Excellent label – one of which, coupling ‘Carroll County Blues’ and ‘Mt. Vernon Rag’, was eventually picked up by Starday and issued as # 296 in mid-1957. A lesser-known item by Ray Lunsford is an extended-play record on Sage Records (EP 285) ; Ray is dubbed as ‘King Of The Electric Mandolin’ and plays four tunes – ‘I Don’t Love Nobody’, ‘Rustic Dance’, a very good ‘Red Wing’ and ‘Pickin’ Around’, penned by Lunsford with Estel Lee Scarbrough.

Blog about Ray Lunsford (with 3 tracks as mp3 download?? – does not work):



Best known as the madolin player for Jimmie Skinner, Lunsford made several great records for Starday, Excellent, Sage, Allandale and many others I’m sure. Legend has it Lunsford and Skinner were next door neighbors for years before Skinner found out he was a musician, and asked him to play at a backyard barbecue. The rest is history. A true hometown hero for me.

I have used Audials One 9 to download 26 tracks by Jimmie Skinner to my PC – now I can listen more easily to his music!