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EIGHT GREAT MANDOLIN ALBUMS YOU NEED TO HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE!

MANDOLINQUENCY: THE ROCK & ROLL MANDOLIN BLOG Post #2 | BY BRAD TOLINSKI | June 8, 2017   I’m somebody who believes that listening is almost as important as practicing and playing, so I’m always happy when friends and fellow musicians turn me on to something new and interesting. Since we’re just getting to know each other, I thought it would be fun to share just a few of the mandolin-centric albums that have made big impressions on me over the years. Many of you...

THE WEIRD SAGA OF HOW THE MANDOLIN CAME TO AMERICA

THE WEIRD SAGA OF HOW THE MANDOLIN CAME TO AMERICA

MANDOLINQUENCY: THE ROCK & ROLL MANDOLIN BLOG Post #1 | BY BRAD TOLINSKI | Photo Wojtek Urbanek | May 2, 2017 Greetings and welcome to my first blog for Weber, makers of some of the finest acoustic instruments in the world. As the former Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine, and author of Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday) and Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page (Crown), I might seem like a strange choice...

Weber Craftsmen Interview: Mike Fischer

Mike Fischer has been a part of the Weber crew for four years.  Growing up in Minnesota, he picked up the guitar at the age of 10.  That started his love of music!  From there, at 14, he began working in stained glass.  Eventually combining the two, Mike has a love for the detailed, intricate work that mandolins require.   Mike sat down with us to talk a bit about his work here at Weber and his favorite instruments. Q: What do you do at Weber Fine Acoustic...

Introducing the Weber Specialty Dealers

Introducing the Weber Specialty Dealers

Twenty years ago, when Bruce Weber launched his collection of traditional stringed instruments, his motivation was learning and crafting customs. Rarely did Bruce make the exact same instrument twice.  As the company grew, and demand increased custom building, each piece became more challenging. Nearly 100 music retailers began offering Weber instruments, requiring more standardization to service the mandolin marketplace.   But not wanting to get too far away from Bruce’s roots,...

Featured Instrument: Bitterroot F14

Explore Weber instruments and you'll find many of them have names with deep roots in Montana. The Bitterroot F14 is one such specimen. The Bitterroot is Montana's state flower, whose fleshy roots were used extensively as food by Native Americans, Lewis and Clark and the pioneers and mountain men that followed. Players love the silky satin finish and the ivory binding that give the Bitterroot distinctive visual appeal. This mandolin may be named for a plant of the Wild West, but reflects...

Tips for Learning How to Play the Mandolin

Tips for Learning How to Play the Mandolin

Small, yet powerful, the  mandolin finds its roots in the lute family. It's usually plucked with a pick or plectrum. Most mandolins feature eight metal strings, which are tuned in pairs. The tuning of two each makes four sets of strings in total. Some mandolin models have 10 or 12 strings. The closest acoustic relatives to the mandolin include the mandola, octave mandolin and mandocello. History of Mandolin The history of the mandolin can be traced back to 13,000 BC. A cave...

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