About twelve years ago I decided to learn the mandolin. I
have owned a mandolin for thirty years but only played a few
chords on it and some simple licks. It took about a year
to understand it enough to be able to go out and play it without
making a fool of myself.
Although I would not call myself a bluegrass player I like
the music. Listening to David Grisman made me realize the potential
of the mandolin as a lead instrument because he took it to
places it had never been before. If Bill Monroe is the BB King
of bluegrass David Grisman is the Eric Clapton of bluegrass.
I have memorized a few of his leads and can play them pretty
well but I could not spontaneously produce my own lead that
would even begin to match his style.
Another great inovative mandolin player is Sam Bush. He
is a contemporary of David Grisman. If Grisman is the
Eric Clapton of bluegrass Sam Bush is the Jeff Beck of Blue
grass. I like Sam as well as I do David. Between
the two of them you sure can stretch your horizons. I
have also copied a few of his leads but alas I can only copy
I have a deep respect
for those who can play bluegrass music on the mandolin.
I have investigated a few different instruments in the mandolin
family. I will be putting them up on my site in the following