Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Arrangement Thievery Case Study: “My Victory”

Welcome to another edition of Arrangement Thievery Case Study! I go to this from time to time to pick apart the arrangement of a...

Trick Out Your Pad

On the weeks that I’m scheduled to play mandolin on my church’s worship team, I spend a surprising amount of preparation time listening to...

Arrangement Thievery Case Study: Great Are You Lord

Mandolin players are often asked to play on Sunday mornings when the set list contains precisely zero songs that were recorded with mandolin parts....

No Room For Your Mandolin

I once had an interesting conversation with a fellow mandolin player. This gentleman was a better mandolin player than me in many ways. Certainly,...

Capo Capers

What is it that makes us excellent musicians? Sure, we might be tempted to attribute a certain amount of it to our own innate,...

Stuff You Probably Shouldn’t Say Out Loud

How you communicate is just as important as what you play. As I’ve covered in previous issues of , most worship songs don’t have a...

Arrangement Thievery Case Study: What A Beautiful Name

How is a mando player to “fit in” to the arrangement when a mandolin was never a consideration by the original artists? Mandolin players are...

“Singing” With A Mandolin

Gotcha! I'm sure you read the title and assumed that this was going to be about using your voice while you play your mandolin....

Mando Battleship

Remember the childhood game Battleship? I used to play it regularly with my siblings (especially with my younger sister.) While we sometimes made up...

The Best (and Worst) Keys For Worship Mandolin

Today I logged in to Planning Center Online to see what songs are scheduled for this Sunday’s set list. It is a day or...

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