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Mandolin Instruction Books and Methods

Mel Bay's Mandolin Chords
#MB93257
Price $4.95

By Mel Bay.  Presents all of the basic mandolin chord
forms in all keys in photo-diagram form for maximum ease in
understanding and playing.  Includes a section showing movable chord
forms.  Covers chords of all types.

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Mel Bay's Fun With The Mandolin
#MB93258
Price $4.95

This book presents melodies, lyrics, and chord symbols for
22 songs to be enjoyed on the mandolin.  Tuning and hand positions are
briefly discussed.  By the time you finish this book you will be
comfortable playing 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 rhythm chord accompaniments in
three major keys - C, G, and D.  All chords are shown in picture-diagram
form.  Very easy to comprehend, even for the absolute beginner.

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Mel Bay's Deluxe Bluegrass Mandolin Method
#MB93340   Book Only   $8.95
#MB93340C   Cassette Only   $10.98
#MB93340P   Book/Cass Pkg.   $18.95

By Ray Valla.  Although an ideal book for the intermediate to advanced player, this method would best be appreciated by a student with some previous musical experience, as fundamentals of note reading on the mandolin are not addressed.  The book's 27 great bluegrass arrangements are in standard notation and tab with arrows indicating picking direction.  The recording is in split-track format.

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Mel Bay's Learn To Play Bluegrass Mandolin
#MB93720
$7.95

By Bud Orr.  An easy-to-understand beginner's method teaching essentials of bluegrass mandolin performance.  Contains chord and scale forms, technical insights, plus both simple melody and full arrangements of 21 tunes in notation and tablature.   Some of the tunes included are:  Devils Dream; Katy Cline; Liberty; Midnight Special; Roll On Buddy; and more.

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Mel Bay's Jethro Burns/Bluegrass Mandolin Techniques
#MB93807
$9.95

By Jethro Burns & Ken Eidson, in extensive detail, this text presents Jethro Burns' technically advanced and innovative approach to bluegrass mandolin.  The text of this book is conversational, as though you were taking a lesson with Jethro himself.  In notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Mandolin Chord Chart
#MB96337
$3.95

An extremely handy chord reference guide, specifically for the mandolin, showing basic major and minor chords in all keys.  Relative minor chord relationships are also shown.  A unique additional feature of this premium chart is the inclusion of a mandolin fingerboard diagram.  This diagram is appropriate not only for the beginner, but also as a quick and ready reference for the more advanced player.  A must for the mandolin enthusiast!

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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin
#MB94331
$9.95

By Dix Bruce.  Another great "Teach Yourself" book with "play-along" examples to help you get started.  You'll learn all about accompanying yourself and others, common chords and useful strums, reading simple melodies, playing a colorful assortment of mandolin folk songs, and much more.  In notation and tab.

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Tone Poems For Mandolin
#MB95749   Book Only   $14.95
#MB95750CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB95749CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $29.95

By David Grisman & Tony Rice.  In 1996, Acoustic Disc issued the landmark CD recording - Tone Poems.  This remarkable recording featured mandolinist David Grisman and guitarist Tony Rice playing 17 compositions on a wide range of vintage instruments.   Mel Bay Publications, Inc. is proud to present both a mandolin and a guitar edition of Tone Poems. Transcribed by noted guitarist John Carlini, all 17 solos in the book are presented in both standard notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Mandolin Crosspicking Techniques
#MB96613
$14.95

By Mickey Cochran.  Designed for the intermediate to advanced player,
this method book offers the mandolinist a new voice.  If you're already
crosspicking, many new ideas can be added to your arsenal.  Each song
includes a preparatory study that allows you the opportunity to gain a
solid technical footing before attempting the piece itself.  These
studies can be applied in other areas as backup ideas, song ideas, or
departure points for improvisation.  Styles discussed are: two-string,
bluegrass, fiddle, Classical, and jazz/ragtime.  Written in tablature.

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Bluegrass Mandolin
Item #OK62935
$17.95

By Jack Tottle.  The first and only instruction book on bluegrass mandolin.  Fully illustrated with detailed instructions from the basics to fancy fingerwork, backed up by a collection of bluegrass music by Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Frank Wakefield, and John Duffy.

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The Mandolin Picker's Fakebook
Item #OK64352
$21.95

By David Brody.  Contains over 250 jigs, reels, rags, hornpipes, and breakdowns from all the major traditional instrumental styles.  Special introductory materials on regional styles, interpretation, and ornamentation.  Includes an extensive discography.

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