David Benedict


Mandolin Mondays

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  • Mandolin Mondays w/ Special Guest Andrew Collins /// “Banish Misfortune”

    September 11, 2017: This week, Toronto-based, award-winning mandolinist Andrew Collins brings us an imaginative arrangement of the Celtic classic “Banish Misfortune” on his lovely Heiden F5 mandolin.

    Andrew has been a fixture in the Canadian folk music scene for over a decade. Through the years, he’s been awarded numerous Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards for his expansive recorded work.

    I first met Andrew at the 2016 IBMA convention where he was showcasing with his group, The Andrew Collins Trio–an eclectic chamber-grass ensemble. Listening to their music there, I was drawn to the beautiful tone and textures that the group displayed in their uniquely original music. This creative style is greatly portrayed in their most recent album And It Was Good–a concept record that programmatically retells the Creation story through a plethora of different instrumental styles and sounds . Check it out here: https://www.andrewcollinstrio.com/music

    Here, Andrew gives us an inside look at the arrangement for this tune, “For this video, I took one of my favorite jigs, “Banish Misfortune,” and adapted it into a reel. It’s a three part tune and I came up with some variations for the parts. For anyone interested, I played my one and only mandolin. It’s a beautiful 2006, engelmann top, Heiden F5. Number F-89.”

    Andrew has a transcription of the tune available as played in this video. Contact him here to inquire: https://www.andrewcollinstrio.com/contact

    And connect with Andrew at the links below for more info about his recorded work, mandolin instruction, and tour schedule:


    Until next week–Happy Picking!


  • Mandolin Mondays #88 w/ Special Guest Wayne Benson /// “Grey Eagle”

    September 4, 2017: The phenomenal Wayne Benson joins Mandolin Mondays this week for a spin on the old fiddle classic, “Grey Eagle.” That’s some hot picking being done on that fine McCalahan mandolin!

    Based in the Carolinas, Wayne has made a name for himself in the bluegrass world with his potent playing style, compelling recorded work, and prolific touring schedule. He is perhaps most known for his work with the award-winning bluegrass band Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, but I first heard Wayne’s playing on the classic Ultimate Pickin’ instrumental record. Through this album, and his monumental mandolin duo record with Alan Bibey, The Mandolin Chronicles, I came to deeply appreciate Wayne’s tasteful and distinguished sound.

    Wayne also teaches private lessons and at music camps across the country. Additionally, he has a great transcription book available through AcuTab that features all of Wayne’s mandolin breaks from the Bluegrass ’95, ’96 and ’97 records. Check it out HERE

    Also, connect with Wayne at the following links for more info about his music and tour schedule: http://iiirdtymeout.com/www/schedule/

    As always, more to come next week! Until then, Happy Picking!


  • Mandolin Mondays #87 /// “Windy and Warm”

    August 28, 2017: Wishing summer goodbye with a rendition of the Chet Atkins classic “Windy and Warm.” Additionally, I’m thrilled to announce that I now have #mandolinmondays stickers available on my bandcamp page HERE. Just pay what you want, and I’ll mail one to you straight away.

    As always, thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! Also, I’ve written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune in this video. I’d love to connect with you and send you a free copy.You can contact me through HERE for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription for this video.

  • Mandolin Mondays #86 w/ Special Guest Tim Connell /// “Something”

    August 21, 2017: This week Tim Connell joins us on Mandolin Mondays for some George Harrison and a hot beverage–a stellar solo arrangement played on Tim’s Arrow G-Model mandolin.

    Tim Connell is one of the shining mandolin gems of the West Coast. Amazingly prolific, diverse, and adroit, Tim traverses between bluegrass, Celtic, swing, choro, classical, and pop music with ease. His ongoing projects with Rio Con BrioStumptown Swing, and Eric Skyedisplay his musical expertise and compelling playing style.

    Most recently, Tim recorded and released an album of entirely solo mandolin music entitled, MandAlone. The record features some fantastic, creative solo arrangements, and is paired with a companion transcription book for other solo mandolin thespians to dig into. Today, Tim shares a live performance of a track from the album.

    Here, Tim shares a little about his arrangement for this video: “This is my original solo mandolin arrangement of the George Harrison classic, “Something”. I think I started this by learning the beautiful George Harrison guitar solo, and the rest of it fell together quickly–C major is a great key for solo arrangements. The A major middle section was a hole in the middle of this arrangement for awhile until I figured out that instead of getting bigger here (as the original recording does), I could go way smaller, getting the G-string out of the picture all together for a couple of bars and freeing myself from having to hold down that low A. I added the harmonics, or “chimes” in the 3rd verse as a treat for the audience, instead of having to watch me plod through the regular verse for a third time.”

    Tim teaches a host of workshops around the country in addition to private Skype and in person lessons. Also, Tim has a number of video lessons available on Mandolins Heal the World.

    Connect with Tim at the links below for more info about his recorded work, online lessons, and performance schedule:


  • Mandolin Mondays #85 w/ Special Guest Don Stiernberg /// “Almost Like Being in Love”

    August 14, 2017: This week, the man, the myth, the legend, Don Stiernberg proffers a delightful chord melody on this old jazz standard with his incomparable 2-point Nugget mandolin.

    We all know and love Don–protege of the tremendous Jethro Burns, leader of the new generation of jazz mandolinists, Chicago Cubs fan, and an all around wonderful person. The wealth and depth of his recorded jazz mandolin work is bar none. His most recent album, Good Numbers, is one of my personal favorites:

    Additionally, Don hits it out of the park with his perceptive and helpful teaching style. I’ve learned so much from him over the years. He’s taught at all of the premier mandolin workshops around the world, including: The Mandolin Symposium, The Swanannoa Gathering, The European Mandoline Akademy, and many others. Don also has a number of insightful and intuitive online courses available through Sound Slice.

    Here’s Don with a word about this video: “I’ve been intrigued lately by this great old show tune/standard, ‘Almost Like Being In Love.’ All the big singers did it: Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella, et al. And the jazz guys loved playing it too. The version that got my attention was by Charlie Parker with a big band. Joe Venuti with George Barnes is hot too. I think it’s fun to try chord melody (Jethro) style on it because you don’t have to add much to it–it already has every type of chord…major, minor, augmented, and diminished.”

    Connect with Don at the links below for more info about his recorded music, instructional materials, and performance schedule: