Who is Clifton Chenier?

Clifton Chenier (born in Opelousas, near Lafayette , the June 25 , 1925 – died in Lafayette on December 12 , 1987) is a zydeco musician, and among the most celebrated musicians who play in that genre that ever lived, having been called the King of Zydeco music, and King of the Bayou (by Paul…

The History Of The Clarinet

Instruments have always played an essential role in music since their advent, tens of thousands of years ago. As much as music can be done with simply the human voice, there is just a magic about instruments accompanying the human voice that only your heart can understand.  Much of the knowledge behind older instruments is…

The Controversial History Of The Banjo

History can be a hard thing to discuss, because, inevitably, you probably weren't there to see the events unfold as they did.  This is especially true when we're talking about the history of one particular musical instrument with a somewhat checkered past – the banjo. The banjo, as we know it, dates back 400 or…

Our 3 Favourite Mandolin-Focused Websites

Mandolins are a popular instrument with a long, rich history, which are played in innumerable styles across the globe.  The fans of this instrument are dedicated and passionate, and so it's no surprise that the mandolin has been growing in popularity as of late, especially on the ‘net.  If you are new to the world…

David Dawg Grisman – Mandolin Masters Series

David “Dawg” Grisman is a living mandolin master, and today we celebrate his contributions to bluegrass and newgrass music, as well as acoustic composition. He is so revered in the bluegrass scene to have invented his own genre of music called Dawg Music, into which we shall delve further along in this article. Dawg has…

5 Famous Jazz Mandolin Players

Mandolin takes 20th century root in American bluegrass and jazz style, both of which utilize tight improvisation and quick movement. With this article we take a look at five famous mandolin players who make/made significant contributions to the jazz mandolin style.  1. Jethro Burns Kenneth Charles Burns earned the name Jethro after touring as comedic duo…

10 Famous Mandolin Rock Songs

  Here is a song called Come With Me My Giselle that dates back to around 1300, so you can hear how mandolin originally sounded back then when played by the bards of the day. In terms of playing, the mandolin is an instrument that requires organic movement with loose wrists.  It is a very…