Mandolinking began in 1997 with the aim of linking mandolin players with resources available on the internet.

Since then, the internet has grown exponentially and, with it, the volume of information for both new and experienced mandolin payers. Mandolinking retains its enthusiasm for sharing this information and promoting the mandolin, by linking to the best of the resources we can find.



Mandolin acquisition syndrome

New Mandolin Books

I am still working my  way  through Jesper Rubner-Peterson’s Mel Bay publication “The Mandolin Picker’s Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation” - it’s a great book for anyone wanting to improve their improvising skills and theory knowledge.and comes with a packed CD of licks and examples.

Also on my shopping list have been Simon Mayor’s 2 new books: Great Tunes for Mandolin (vols 1 and 2). Some cracking and challenging tunes in these, which come with an included audio download. I’ve been re-aquainting myself with Scott Joplin’s “Entertainer” which is great fun.


Hexham Heydays

At the end of  2013 I spent some time in company  with other local song-writers interpreting some of the archives uncovered by  Hexham Heydays - a lottery-funded community project. One of the results of the project, an e-book, has now been published and is available, free of charge, for i-pad and i-phone users. It takes the form of a walk around Hexham, pointing out buildings of  historic interest and illustrated by stories and songs about the characters who lived in Hexham between 1688-1838. Get your copy here and learn more about historic Hexham

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We’ll be home tonight by the light of the silvery moon. And my heart’s a-thumpin’ like a mandolin a-plunkin’ a tune.

Fain/Webster - the Deadwood Stage
My two favourite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin, but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine.
after Mark Twain