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New Look for 2018!

After 6 years of the same design, I’ve decided to try something else.  Since I started doctoral studies, I’ve progressively contributed less and less to this site.  For my own self-care, I’m committing myself to contributing more content this year and breaking from the routine of work and school.


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Richter Mandolin Camp

Jim Richter to teach at Mandolin Camp North April 2018

I am scheduled to teach the blues mandolin track at Mandolin Camp North April 13-18th, 2018 in Charlton, Massachusetts. Due to family and school commitments, I was not able to host my Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us, so looking forward to visiting New England next year to talk and teach mandolin. Here’s […]


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Castles Made of Sand tablature available to members

Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand” is now available on the Tablature page for site members.  The PDF and Notion files are both included. There will soon be an instructional video of this arrangement on Mandolins Heal The World.


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Castles Made of Sand (Jimi Hendrix) on Pono Octave Mandolin

It has been awhile!!  2016 was a year of doctoral-focused work.  I wrote an early thesis and took my qualifying exams (I passed, thank you very much). Being a bit burned out by school and work, I’ve taken 2017 off from school, allowing me to focus on work, family, and especially music.  I couldn’t host […]


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New tab and video: The Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young)

One of the requisite tunes that one learns as a young guitarist.  This arrangement, though simple, is a challenge due to the double stop that is maintained on the high A and E strings while the walking bass is done on the low G.  This is to keep the tonality of Neil’s acoustic guitar arrangement. […]


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Tico Tico

  After 8 years of playing an F-hole mandolin, I’ve gone back to playing a vintage Gibson oval hole.  I’ve had a 1914 F2, a 1926 F2, and a 1927 F4. The mandolin in the video is a 1919 Gibson F4 that was refinished by Gibson in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Whenever I […]


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Free: All Right Now — Arranging Classic Rock

Here’s the first part of a series of 70s guitar anthem rock tunes I’ll soon put up.  Everyone knows this tune by Free from the album Fire and Water.  No more formidable duo than Kossoff and Rodgers.  Clean stripped down blues based British classic rock that was the blueprint for everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd (who owed […]


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Freddie King “Heads Up” on Tablature Page

I’m sorry about how long I’ve been away.  Between a job promotion and helping a 17 year old go through the college application and scholarship process, I haven’t touched a mandolin much. Here’s another installment in my blues series:  Freddie King’s “Heads Up”  I love this tune and it’s a jam favorite out in these […]


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Video YouTube Lesson for SRV’s Pride & Joy

Yesterday I posted a 15 minute YouTube lesson for last months’ tab of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Pride & Joy.  Tab is available to Tab Subscribers to this site.  Enjoy the lesson.


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New Blues Tab/Lesson: Killing Floor by Howling’ Wolf (Hubert Sumlin guitar)

The quintessential crossover blues riff made famous in the rock world by Jimi Hendrix.  Classic riff that is chord-based.  Video to follow. Available through the tab subscription through this website.


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