Heard of Joe Maphis?

What I find really interesting is how his technique changes radically when he switches to the mandolin!
Damn, this guy can pick!


Take a listen.
This guy was doing DiMeola stuff wayyyyy before DiMeola!

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Also check out Larry Collins (actually both the Collins siblings) who played with Joe a lot when he was a teenager. They had some serious tempos going!

Deke Dickerson is a great modern version of this style of playing, and has done a lot of working researching the history of a lot of these older players.

Edit: I just realized Joe Maphis’ son Jody is playing in that second video!