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Influences And Inspirations

Mike Mullins Interviews

Influences And Inspirations

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(Strumming the guitar)
Hello again welcome to another chapter of Acoustic Snapshots and today briefly I’d like to talk about a couple or some of the players who have been very influencial in my style of playing. And these are guys who I have really kind of grown up listening to over the years since I started playing Mandolin. I started playing Mandolin actually when I was 20 I’ve been playing guitar for 10 years and I’m sort of frustrated finger style guitar player kind of stuck in one gear and I wanted to learn how to play some different kinds of music but the guitar didn’t seem like the vehicle form at that so I picked up the Mandolin. The first really great Mandolin player I heard play in person was the gentleman by the name of Bill Griffith who I still play with today in the cash valley grifftie. And he has a very unique style and Bill was just you know wonderfully percussive and powerful player and I’ve really enjoyed playing with him over the years first was in the guitar player so I get to kind of sit back and listen to him do this stuff. But he the grreat Mandolin player that I heard back in 1974 and actually he sold me my first really good Mandolin which was a 1918 Gibson A2 Mandolin.
And so, he got his first F5 and sold me his little Gibson A which I played for several years. Anyway Bill kind of get me started you know I heard him playing just knock my socks off and just knowing how to do that and so, I admire Bill greatly and he course his one of my mentors I considered. And I’m happy to still be playing with him today and another really great player who came along about the same time in my musical development is of course David Grisman; David is a fantastic composer and invented form a music basically kind of tongue of sheet called doug music and it was sort of bluegrass, and jazz, and gypsy swing, and Irish and you know a number of diferent acoustic styles melted together and it was hard to put a finger on that sound as far as what was really coming out. But the Mandond was the focal point and he composed most his own music so nobody else was really doing at that time and his an incredible player as well and I’m sort of just shooting out different names here for people forme to take note of’ if you haven’t heard of them already.And so, David is one of my probably my biggest influence on the Mandolin over the years since David Grisman my style kind of eveovle from listening to a lot of his stuff and I mean actually I know a few of histunes and can play them reasonably well but, mostly have just sort of was a merge in his style. And one thing I can tell you is if you listen to a player that you really admire you really get to know their sound inside and out like you just admired their tone, their attack or their phrasing and as well as the music. And if you really grab a whole of that I guarantee it that it will lead you to a style of your own don’t be afraid of if I study this guide too much I’m just gonna you know, if get good it just sound just like him and I’m just gonna imitate him well no,no your not really it’s kind of not really how it works and there are players who can mimic other players styles. But you know for the moist part you just kind of keep your creative ear open when your learning the stuff and just listening to it and the influence will grow off and you’ll eventually it will lead you to your own voice, your own sound.
So David is one of my greatest influences and I can’t possible get everyone who influence me over the years you know of course Jethro Burns, Mr. Bill Monroe the father of bluegrass you know I just love his playing and another player who I also admired greatly over the years is Sam Bush his very powerful player his been around the bluegrass circuit for over 40 years now and his still gooing strong and his an incredible player, effortless and powerful and you should check Sam he plays his Mandolin like it’s a more like it’s a rock n’ roll guitarist; his quite a showman but his excellent, excellent player and one of the greats and younger player coming out although his not so young anymore I guess his about 28 years old now Chris Thile and his probably technically the most proficient Mandolin player out there today. His eventually can play any style, and he just sometimes we’re in the Chris and decides I just gonna quit. But I met Chris when he was about 7 years old his somewhat of a child prodigy and his already playing incredibly mature stuff on the Mandolin, eventhough at that time it look like a guitar on but he was obviously great gifted and you know but he, unlike a lot of gifted children he didn’t interest you know, he love the Mandolin and he continue to practice for hours everyday. And today his probably you know it’s all a matter of taste but you know pound for pound his probably the most kick ass guy out there right now. And there’s a lot of young players coming out in Chris’ foot step in his shadow kind of. And emuliating his style, so check out Chris Thile if you haven’t heard of him already played with the band Nicke Creek and now his doing his own band The Punch Brothers is also quite composer too his composing pieces you know Classical pieces from Mandolin just performing with orchestras, very virtuostic and very fun to watch. So you know I probably have to save it for another chapter any other players in which great influence on my style and you know kind of help me, humble player that I am today. So there you have it we will see you next time.
(Strumming the guitar)

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