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Playing the Mandolin: Tips, Tricks and Advice from Pro Bruce Graybill

Learning how to play the mandolin can be a time intensive process, and may look daunting for the new player interested in playing this fantastic instrument. However, playing the mandolin does not need to be overly complicated.  Many new mandolin players inquire about resources, tips and tricks for getting started.  We asked award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter Bruce Graybill for a few tips and tricks to make learning easier and more fun. Here’s what...

Exclusive Artist Interview: Eva Holbrook of SHEL

Exclusive Artist Interview: Eva Holbrook of SHEL

RA Beattie: Tell me, are you guys touring somewhere in this vast world or home? Eva Holbrook: Well, we've been bouncing all over the place this year. Over to Germany, out to Alaska, coast to coast in the US... and apparently we’re just getting started, but we're home now for a couple of weeks working on music videos at the moment. Beattie: You've been everywhere. I know every place is unique and has its special qualities, but are there any places you've been recently that...

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,...

Exclusive Artist Interview: Bob Minner

Exclusive Artist Interview: Bob Minner

Musician Bob Minner has played for 40 years, starting at age five. He is an accomplished guitarist, winning major contests in the 80s, and along the way, has developed a unique sound that is entirely his. For the past 18 years, Bob’s served as the acoustic guitarist for country mega-star Tim McGraw, as well as recorded four records with McGraw in the acoustic guitar seat. Bob has played on numerous #1 hits by Tim McGraw, including the mega-smash "Live Like You Were Dying." Bob released...

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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