Monday, April 19, 2021

Please Subscribe to My YouTube Channel

I generally post at least once a week, sometimes more often, depending on the weather.  It's been nice outside lately, so I  have not been posting much.  But when I do, I like to make videos that respond to comments and questions from some of the Facebook Groups I manage.  In particular, there are 2 mandolin for beginners groups on Facebook where I get most of the questions.  I've posted some Polls there to find out what people are most interested in learning.  Interestingly enough, most people want to learn chords, scales and how to improvise!  That's very cool.

Please subscribe, dear reader, to the channel.  Once I get to 1,000 subscribers, I can monetize the channel and start making money from it.  For now, I rely on donations through my Patreon channel, and students.

A Pair of Jigs in D



Sunday, April 11, 2021

Granby Location Reopening Dates and Times

I will be reopening for in-person lessons at my location in Granby, MA starting in May 2021 with limited slots:

  • Mondays 5-6, 7-8
  • Tuesdays 5-6, 7-8
  • Wednesdays closed for private lessons, Mandolin Group Class 7-8pm
  • Thursdays closed for private lessons, Celtic Group Class 7-8pm
  • Fridays online lessons only
Please contact me if you have any questions

Two Jigs: Langstrom's Pony / Leslie's March


Langstrom's Pony / Leslie's March

A couple of jigs - I buried my wife and danced on her grave / Connachtman's Rambles


I buried my wife and danced on her grave / Connachtman's Rambles

Calliope House


Calliope House - one of my favorite jigs

How to play a scale on the Mandocello


In this video, I show you how to play a C major scale and arpeggio.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Products For Sale

I import high quality bow hair, bows, accessories and tools for bow makers.  I've listed some of the products in a free Wix site here.  Everything is available for pickup at my Granby location (CDC Covid19 rules applied).  Sorry, shipping is not available at this time.

Read about my trip to China sourcing horse tail hair!  It was an amazing trip.

Read about how horse tail hair is processed for bows

In addition to bow hair and supplies for bow makers, I carry some unfinished instruments and a few other things.  I update it as new things come in.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Services I provide


Below are links to the services I provide:

Traditional Irish Music For Weddings & More - I provide bands, ensembles and musicians for any special event.  Our DJ is also available for combined events

Wedding Officiant, Professional Wedding Services - officiant for Massachusetts, other wedding planning services and consulting including Catering

Online Music Lessons (fiddle & mandolin) - formerly known as Sweet Music Studio, changed to my name generally since the pandemic.  Online as ASO Music

Sourcing for Music-related Industry & More - providing a variety of research, sourcing and supply chain services for clients in the music industry

Marketing For Musicians - setting up internet pages and profiles for musicians and other groups since 2006

Sales & Marketing Consulting - primarily in the natural foods industry, where I have the bulk of my experience.  Expertise in natural skin care, farmhouse cheeses, ciders and organic wines