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…

Sam Bush – Mandolin Masters Series

 Sam Bush is a pioneer of the newgrass style, a style of bluegrass that incorporates sometimes electric instruments and uses inspiration from genres like rock n roll. Bluegrass music traditionally takes song structure from old jazz music, where individual players take turns improvising over the main rhythm to show off their virtuosic skill. The tempo…

Bill Monroe – Mandolin Masters Series

Bill Monroe is a very important figure in the world of mandolin. He helped create bluegrass music, earning him the title Father of Bluegrass. A Bit About Bluegrass Style Bluegrass is encompassed by the genre of country music, taking root in Irish, Scottish and English music while incorporating elements of jazz. These traditional music styles…