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...
By Christopher Henry Folks, we are proud to say that we have a new DVD hot off the press, entitled Bill Monroe Style Mandolin. On it our son Chris, who is 25 and a mighty fine picker, teaches five Monroe-style tunes literally note-by-note: Big Mon, Bluegrass Breakdown, Raw Hide, Wheel Hoss, and also a terrific, bluesy break to Man of Constant Sorrow....
Since first hitting the scene with New Quicksilver in the early 1980s, Alan Bibey has been making a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolinist in bluegrass and acoustic music. Subsequent recordings and performances with IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina and Blue Ridge have cemented this reputation. In this...
For banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. Taught by Murphy Henry with Red Henry.For many people, learning to hear chord changes is one of the hardest parts of learning to play bluegrass. No matter what instrument you are trying to play. And even if you hear when a chord changes, what chord does it change to? And how do you know? This brand-new DVD will...
By Joe Carr This collection includes 34 great gospel favorites, well-known hymns and old-time spirituals especially arranged in standard notation and tablature for the mandolin. Several of the tunes are arranged for solo mandolin, while others are designed to be played with guitar accompaniment. Standard chord symbols are provided for accompaniment. The...
This encyclopedia is designed to provide mandolin players with a wide variety of chords in different voicings. This book is intended as both a starting point of learning chord voicings and patterns, as well as a dictionary of common mandolin chords. Each key section includes the first position scale for that key, as well as the chord formula and notes for...
By Murphy Henry At last! You can learn to play the mandolin and we will make it easy for you! See exactly what to do as we explain every note in every song. This video starts at the very beginning, by covering all the basics. We then apply these basic techniques to 7 well-known bluegrass songs. We also go over the chording for each song, which will enable...
By Lee Drew Andrews The First Jam series was created to give children and beginners of all ages a book of simple, common tunes to learn. These are standard “Jam” tunes in the Bluegrass/Old Time music styles. All the books in this series are written in the same keys; they can all be played together without any problems. So get your friends or family who...
In more than ten years with bluegrass super group IIIrd Tyme Out, Wayne Benson has established himself as one of the most unique and gifted stylists among today's bluegrass mandolinists. In addition, he was featured on seven very popular recordings from Pine castle Records, the Bluegrass Annual series (Bluegrass 1995 -2001). A number of Wayne's tunes from...
This book teaches the conceptual tools needed to become adept at playing the mandolin by ear. Provides keys to learning chord progressions and playing melody by ear as well as using licks and playing in different keys. Includes many tunes in tablature.Song Titles Amazing Grace Boil Them Cabbage Cripple Creek Mary Had A Little Lamb Skip To My Lou This...
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...
This 2 DVD SET From AcuTab contains 4 Hours and 20 minutes of insight, instruction, tunes, tips and technique from this 5 time IBMA award-winning picker. On disk 1, AcuTab's John Lawless leads Adam through a discussion of several topics, including chop rhythm, right hand attack, note spacing, tone/volume, practicing and building speed - with...
A comprehensive 96-page, pocket/case sized perfect-bound book of chord dictionary for today's mandolin player. Contains basic major, minor and dominant chord forms, plus extensions such as minor 7b5, 9th, 11th, 13th, etc.; chords are shown in all keys.
By Bruce Dix 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...
An exciting collection of 29 traditional tunes from Ireland, arranged for easy mandolin. All tunes are written clearly in standard notation as well as mandolin tablature. An accompanying CD contains all the tunes, played at a manageable speed, with guitar accompaniment.The collection contains airs, well known songs, polkas, slip jigs, slides, double jigs,...
By Steve Kaufman A collection of 24 bluegrass/gospel favorites arranged for mandolin with rhythm guitar accompaniment. These intermediate/advanced solos are comprised of melodic embellishments and standard runs that may be utilized with other songs with similar chord structures. All solos are written in notation and tablature.
14 Fiddle tunes carefully chosen to represent a variety of keys and types of tunes. All are standards played whenever bluegrass, country, and old time musicians gather. The melodies and chord progressions to all the tunes are on the recording at both regular and slow speeds. Learn this repertoire and you'll have a great introduction to fiddle tunes.
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