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You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin MB94331 $10.95

In the author's words, "It is aimed at helping you get started immediately on your way to mandolinhood by giving you the basics of the mandolin and mandolin playing." With this informal, often humorous text, Dix Bruce will guide you step-by-step through the basics of learning this versatile instrument. Learn all about accompanying yourself and others, common chords, and useful strums, reading simple melodies, playing a colorful assortment of mandolin folk songs, and more. All musical examples and tunes are written in both standard notation and tablature. Diagrams of all the principal chords used on the mandolin are shown in the Chord Appendix, making this book a particularly useful study aid for the beginning mandolinist

Mandolin Chord Chart MB96337 $3.95

An extremely handy chord reference guide, specifically for the mondolin, 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 quick and ready reference for the more advanced player. A must for the mandolin enthusiast!

First Lessons Mandolin MB99945BCD $7.95

First Lessons Mandolin teaches the absolute basics of learning to play mandolin from holding the pick to performing easy mandolin tunes. It doesn't get any easier than this! Students learn how to hold the mandolin correctly, how to read mandolin tablature, basic note reading, the most popular mandolin chords, how to play easy melodies in several musical styles, basic picking technique, how to tune the mandolin, and much more. Along the way students will learn about the greatest mandolin players and their music. The main emphasis of First Lessons Mandolin is to get the student up and playing immediately and to have fun doing it!.

Mandolin Chords MB93257 $9.95

Comprehensive and easily understood, this Mel Bay stand-by is arranged in photo-diagram form for maximum ease of use by mandolinists of all playing levels. Correct left hand positions are pictured for each chord, as is proper right hand picking position. Major, Minor, seventh, diminished, augmented, and ninth chords are shown in photos and diagrams; major seventh, sixth, minor sixth, seventh augmented fifth, and seventh diminished fifth chords are shown in diagram form only. Tuning of the mandolin using a pitch pipe or piano keyboard is also shown. A chart summarizing movable chord patterns ends the book.

Deluxe Bluegrass Mandolin Method MB93340BCD $19.95
In this book, Ray Valla shares the insights of a veteran bluegrass mandolinist. 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. This is, however, the ideal book for the intermediate to advanced player. It is filled with practical hints to improve your general musicianship and increase the speed of your progress. For example, Ray suggests learning a new tune by mastering its individual "licks" before attempting to assemble the whole.
101 Red Hot Bluegrass Mandolin Licks and Solos MB99446BCD $14.95
In music, the term "bluegrass" describes the hot string-band style pioneered by Kentuckian Bill Monroe, which blends old-time country music with blues rhythms and jazz-influenced improvisation. This book contains 101 authentic bluegrass mandolin licks in the favorite bluegrass keys of C, G, D, and A minor written in notation and tablature. The licks are broken down into phrases of two, four, and eight bars. In addition, several endings and crosspicking licks are included. Each lick is played to a chord progression that is standard in bluegrass, country, and folk music. All 101 examples are recorded on the companion CD with guitar accompaniment at a moderate tempo.
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