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March 19, 2010 | Happy Anniversary JazzMando, March 19

We're celebrating our March 19, 2003 birthday around the office today, but no seven-year itch here. Despite more than 1200 pages of content, we're still going strong and hope to continue to bring better mandolinning to the world.

7th-birthday.jpgWe started the site primarily focused on jazz theory on the fretboard, but later broadened out the mission to resources and assistance playing mandolin to include other genres, especially those that benefit from better-developed closed finger playing through our FFcP approach. We're also proud of the "affinity products" introduced along side our pedagogy, the JM series strings, JM picks, polish cloths, and even some collaborations on some great instruments over the years including the Rigel Q-95, Old Wave SoloComp JM, Clark JM, and of course the flagship "Getting into Jazz Mandolin" book.

In addition to our bi-daily news updates weekly tips column, and bi-monthly Mandolin Sessions columns, we're currently slaving away at a lighter approach book on a collaboration with premiere jazz mandolinist and co-author Don Stiernberg, our "Jazz Mandolin Appetizers" book. More playing, less talking on this one, hoping for a 2011 release.

We've got more in the works we can't tell you about yet, including a signature guitar-jazzbox mandolin from a major mandolin manufacture, and a new line of strings from the world's leading string manufacturer. (Shh...)

Sign on with some of our social networking sites if you haven't already:
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Twitter: @FFcPmandolin
Mandolin Cafe: FFcP fans/support. What works for you?

Celebrate the event (and the onslaught of spring!) with a JM Pick Shirt!

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Blast from the past: Check out an early version of the site: Wayback Archive

Posted by Ted at March 19, 2010 5:17 AM


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