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…

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…

5 Famous Female Mandolin Players

Sierra Hull  Sierra Hull is an American bluegrass musician. She sings and plays guitar and mandolin. She was signed to Rounder Records at the very young age of 13 and released a debut album three years later at 16, which hit #2 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart. She is from Tennessee, where she…

History of the Mandolin Instrument

The modern mandolin is an eight-stringed instrument in the lute family, although it first emerged during the 1600s and 1700s. With this article we delve into the very ancient history of this instrument, up to the modern day use.  Early History Cave paintings from around 13 000 BC indicate a single-stringed instrument played by a bow.…