Saturday, January 14, 2006

GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Little Donny"

Little Donny:
I wanted a mandolin to add that texture into my music. It adds a high, ringing tone that adds a texture reminiscent of classic folk tunes, and seems like a natural subliminal incentive for singing along to songs.
I've found that the most successful tunes are ones that people can sing along with in the car. That engages them, and allows them to immerse themselves in the music without dancing or without the more cerebral types of immersion reserved for very complex pieces. The mandolin is a casual invitation to sing along.

The Eagles often use that to good effect on a lot of their pop songs, and it’s usually Don Felder who plays it on a lot of their songs. I always thought he was one of the most underrated guitar players in the business. This mandolin is named in honor of him.


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