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Episode 8 - Documenting Your Progress

In this episode I discuss the concept of documenting your playing to measure your progress. Progress can be difficult to notice on a day by day basis and if you see real progress you'll keep at it!

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Note: I knew that the Pony Express went from St. Joseph, Mo. to Sacramento, Ca. but I just couldn't think of it at the moment. I've been to the Pony Express Museum in St. Joe!

Audio Tracks I Mentioned:

I put these here not to say "Hey, listen to my great mandolin playing!" Far from it! I put them here to illustrate the kind of progress that can be made by an average guy or gal if they apply themselves to the task and put themselves in the situations which make advancement a likely outcome. (Joining a band is one of those things.)

A sample of my mandolin playing with the band Pony Express* recorded in December, 1979:

Salt Creek

And another sample five months later with the band Pony Express* recorded in May, 1980:

Railroader's Lament

(Don't ask me why the guitar is so loud. You only get so much in a $50 demo recorded in some guy's house. Other than the bad mix and the way too heavy reverb it's pretty good.)

*Pony Express at that time was Mark "Banjo" Graves, banjo; Brad "Bud" Laird, mandolin; Joe "Damn" Wright, guitar and Barry "Goose" Cantrell, bass.

And a couple examples of my mandolin playing with the band Cedar Hill** in November 1983:

Runaway

Red Rubber Ball

Lost and I'll Never Find The Way

**Cedar Hill at that time was Jim "Duck" Adkins, banjo; Bob MacIsaac, guitar; Brad Laird, mandolin; Jeff Johnson, fiddle and Fred MacIsaac, bass. Those songs were on the album "Mama Don't Allow."

And finally, here is the flyer from that festival I mentioned:

bluegrass festival flyer

That's me trying out a borrowed Gibson F-5 for the first time in my life. Those few minutes of playing a good instrument made me begin to hate my "Alvarez" mandolin and eventually led to my building a mandolin for myself.


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