Hi reader

Here is what happened in theMandolinTuner blog during the 2 weeks between 20th of April and 1st of May:

...the fifth article of the Luthiers Journey has been published. In this article Richard Morgan describes his attempts at building timber resonator cones and how a request from a customer changed everything.

...the first article of a new series named "Selecting a Mandolin" has been published. In this series of articles I will try to record my knowledge but also gather info from other sources and create guides to help you understand mandolin related terms and glossary. The first article is about tone woods used to make mandolins. 

...Baião da Siriema, a nice video with Luiz Simas (piano) and Marilynn Mair (mandolin) has been added in the video library.

...Marilynn Mair, an internationally praised artist for her concerts and recordings has been added in the artists database.

...breaking news from Marilynn Mair announcing the release of a new CD named “Madrugada”. This is a new recording of Brazilian music style, performed with style and influenced from classical and jazz.

...an inspiring video performance by Jacob Reuven of Albeniz masterpiece, Asturias has been added in the video library. The orchestra is excellent and the result is unique and very beautiful.

...an excellent arrangement by lev haimovich of Isaac Albeniz masterpiece, Aturias, performed with sensitivity by the Kerman Mandolin Quartet live at the Lunel mandolin festival in 2012 has been added in the video library.

So, here are links to new info in the blog for this week:. 

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Richard Morgan

A Luthier's Journey #5 - Synchronicity

Probably the most enjoyable part of my journey as a luthier has been of recent years. It all started with attempts at building timber resonator cones. I was looking for warmer tone. The "National" style of resonator was the timber cone I first tried. This was done by joining long triangular strips on a V cone mould. Although there was …

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mandolin redwood

Selecting a mandolin - Terms, Glossary and Guide for Wood Selection

This article is part of an article series to serve as a guide for people looking to buy an instrument in the mandolin family. In this first article the focus is on the selection of woods for the mandolin body (top, back, sides). Following articles will address other parts of the mandolin, accessories as well as characteristics and attributes that are important …

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marilynn mair
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marilynn mair

Marilynn Mair

Internationally praised for her concerts and recordings, she has established classical mandolin in chamber music circles worldwide, earning the title, “First Lady of the Mandolin”. Marilynn has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the White House, and Lincoln Center, and internationally in Europe, Japan, and Brazil. She has released over a dozen highly acclaimed solo and ensemble …

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Marilynn Mair Madrugada

Marilynn Mair releases new CD, "Madrugada"

Marilynn Mair has announced the release of a new CD named "Madrugada". This is a new recording of Brazilian music style, performed with style and influenced from classical and jazz.  …

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Asturias - Albéniz - Jacob Reuven

Asturias - Albéniz - Jacob Reuven - Mandola

An inspiring performance by Jacob Reuven of Albeniz masterpiece, Asturias. The orchestra is excellent and the result is unique and very beautiful. About Jacob Reuven Displaying a unique combination of technical brilliance and a rich musical persona, Jacob Reuven has established himself as one of the most intriguing and sought after mandolin players to have emerged from Israel in recent …

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Asturias - Isaac Albeniz- Kerman Mandolin Quartet

Asturias - Isaac Albeniz- Kerman Mandolin Quartet Live at Festival "Mandolines de Lunel" 2012

An excellent arrangement by lev haimovich of Isaac Albeniz masterpiece, Aturias, performed with sensitivity by the Kerman Mandolin Quartet live at the Lunel mandolin festival in 2012. The quartet excellent technique is obvious and the fact that each member is of different nationality, makes the whole thing more interesting!  …

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I hope you've enjoyed these latest articles. There are definitely more to come next week...

Cheers!

 

- Chris with http://www.themandolintuner.com