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Music Theory for Mandolin

Learn to Play from the Heart and Rely Less on the Printed Page

Essential Music Theory for Mandolin - Unit 1

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“Essential Music Theory for Mandolin” is a program designed to help a first year Mandolin student to learn how to play from the heart and rely less on printed sheet music and tablature. It is a practical application of music theory using bluegrass music and other examples that can be applied to real life jam sessions. This is Unit 1. Click here for the table of contents of this series. This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 
Unit 1 Video Tutorial - FREE!

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This video tutorial matches Unit 1 in the book, "Essential Music Theory for Mandolin" shown above. This video tutorial will slowly walk you through each chapter, exercise and song in Unit 1 note by note; measure by measure. The tablature and sheet music are presented to the side of the video screen making it easy to follow along with the program. The songs and examples are demonstrated at multiple tempos, slow, medium and faster with a full band backup. Several video/audio mixes are included; with and without the Mandolin; with and without the lead vocals. A full band backup with guitar, bass, banjo and vocals are integrated encouraging you to play along with the ‘band’ on the video AND be the lead singer! Karaoke bluegrass Mandolin! This is a download file of a Adobe Flash Video (YouTube style) files playable on all devices. Total playing time 3 hours, 27 minutes.

 

 

Essential Music Theory for Mandolin - Unit 2

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This is Unit 2. Click here for the table of contents of this series. This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

Unit 2 Video Tutorial - FREE!

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This video program matches the material in Unit 2 (above). This is a download file of a Adobe Flash Video (YouTube style) files playable on all devices.Total playing time: 3 hours, 56 minutes.

 

 

Essential Music Theory for Mandolin - Unit 3

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This is Unit 3. Click here for the table of contents of this series. This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.
 
Unit 3 Video Tutorial - FREE!

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This video tutorial matches Unit 3 in the book, "Essential Music Theory for Mandolin" shown above. This is a download file of a Adobe Flash Video (YouTube style) files playable on all devices.Total playing time: 8 hours, 46 minutes.

 

 

Essential Music Theory for Mandolin - Unit 4

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This is Unit 4. Click here for the table of contents of this series. This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

(Note: the video tutorial for Unit 4 is pending)

 

 

Essential Music Theory for Mandolin - Units 1 thru 4

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This package combines Units 1 thru 4. Click here for the table of contents of this series. This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

"Bluegrass Mandolin"

Comprehensive Play-along Program of "Stage-ready" Professional Mandolin Arrangements

"Bluegrass Mandolin" starts at the beginning with Volume 1. Continuing with Volume 2, a complete encyclopedia of professional mandolin arrangements awaits! The program is written so that you play these on the stage in a professional style. The arrangements in this series match the other instruments in the "Bluegrass" series, Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Guitar and Fiddle so you, your family and friends can play together. Let's get started!

Mandolin Volume 1

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This program has been designed to give the Beginning Mandolinist a solid foundation on which to build good technique and working repertoire that will fit in with informal Bluegrass Jam Sessions. This book is in two sections: 'Exercises in Picking' and the 'Song Section'. If you are a complete beginner, then you will want to start at the beginning. If, on the other hand, you already know something about the Mandolin you can move directly into the song section. The power of this program is the audio recording, which presents the faster songs at a variety of slower tempos to build technique. 

Song List: Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms*, My Home’s Across The Blueridge Mountains*, Kentucky Waltz*, Feudin’ Five Strings, Cripple Creek*, Blackberry Blossom, Wabash Cannonball*, Liza Jane, Camptown Races, Georgiana Moon, and more. (* Arrangement with vocals.) This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 2

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 2 picks up where we left off in Volume 1. The arrangements for this book were selected for their ‘jamming appeal’ at bluegrass festivals. The material was inspired by your many email and phone-in requests including a mix of songs ranging from bluegrass standards, vocal tunes, gospel, Mandolin instrumentals, Fiddle tunes and so on. There’s a little something for everyone in this project. You will find many of the techniques that you’ve been working on in Volume 1 in this follow up work. The solos are 'razor sharp', accurate and faithful to the recordings and designed to be playable, interesting and practical in jamming with others. The greatest care has been exercised in making this recording as professional as possible giving you the desire to practice along with the 'Band'.

Song list: Cabin In Caroline*, Big Sandy, Arkansas Traveler, Precious Memories*, Orange Blossom Special, Big Mon, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Mama Don't 'Low*, Black Mountain Rag, Man Of Constant Sorrow*, Angel Band*, Train 45, (*Complete arrangement with vocals.) This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 3

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 3 highlights some of the most popular vocal songs in the bluegrass repertoire. This Volume contains both slow and faster recordings in a variety of bluegrass keys to aid your accuracy. The guide instrument will be on the right side of your stereo, so it can be isolated for further study. The arrangements are realistic and designed so that you can play solos and backup behind the vocalist. The program is a balanced mix of singing and instrumental numbers that will give you many hours of enjoyable, quality practice time.

Song List: Blueridge Cabin Home*, Nine Pound Hammer*, Walls Of Time*, Foggy Mountain Top*, Little Cabin Home On The Hill*, Blue Moon Of Kentucky*, Lonesome Road Blues*, Salt Creek, I’ll Fly Away, Ruben, El Cumbanchero (* Complete arrangement with vocals.). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 4

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 4, continues with the same format, including hot instrumentals, great parking lot picking and singing tunes heard at any major bluegrass festival or campground jam session.

Song List: Fireball Mail*, Gold Rush, Blue Kentucky Girl*, Ragtime Annie, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Some Old Day*, Banjo Signal, How Mountain Girls Can Love*, Wheel Hoss, Wayfaring Stranger*, Shenandoah Breakdown, Think of What You’ve Done*, Jerusalem Ridge(* Complete arrangement with vocals.). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 5

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 5 is based on many requests for an all Gospel set. Many of the songs are presented in a slow to medium format allowing the Mandolin to play tasteful backup behind the vocals. The book includes detailed tablature for all Mandolin solos and backup.

Song List: High on a Mountain Top*, In the Sweet By and By*, You're Drifting Too far From the Shore*, Maiden's Prayer, What a Friend We Have in Jesus*, Rank Stranger*, Life Is like a Mountain Railway*, Get up John, The Old Crossroads*, Sweet Hour of Prayer*, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot*, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?* (* Complete arrangement with vocals). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 6

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 6 adds more and more great bluegrass tunes to your growing repertoire! The solos have been carefully thought out to represent the actual way the professional musician would execute them on the festival stage. The arrangements are in the standard bluegrass keys of G, A and B as well as D minor (Lonesome Moonlight Waltz), the G minor tonality (Working on a Building) as well as E and F. The lineup includes singing songs, banjo songs, fiddle tunes and more. Learn them all and get to the next bluegrass festival in your area to try them out!

Song List: Bluegrass Breakdown, Road To Columbus, How Great Thou Art*, Bugle Call Rag, Nashville Blues, Wreck Of The Old 97*, Shuckin' The Corn, Working On A Building*, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Dear Old Dixie, Foggy Mountain Special, Wild Bill Jones* (* Complete arrangement with vocals). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

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The download package includes all of the pdf sheet music and/or tablature and play-along files. Click here for the download instructions.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 7

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 7 is based on the many requests that I have received. The song selection this time is not strictly all bluegrass. There is a balanced mix of bluegrass, country, gospel, Irish, waltz and boogie.

Song List: Band Of Angels*, Fiddler's Last Waltz, John Hardy, Lonesome Banjo, Milk Cow Blues, Ninety Nine Years*, Red Hair Boy, Remington Ride, Salty Dog Blues*, Sleep Walk, Someday Soon*, Your Love Is Like A Flower* (* Complete arrangement with vocals). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 8

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 8 presents a wide variety of songs ranging from Old Time, Bluegrass, Swing/Jazz, Irish, Country, Fiddle and Banjo tunes and Gospel. There is something here for everyone in your audience. The arrangements are for the intermediate to advance player. The recording includes two versions of each song, a complete arrangement with a full band back up and a second arrangement with the Mandolin completely removed.

Song List: Amazing Grace*, Blue Night*, Devil's Dream, Girl I Left Behind, Gotta Travel On, Ground Speed, I Saw The Light, Liberty, Little Maggie, Old Joe Clark, Old Rugged Cross, Uncle Pen*, Waiting For A Train, Red Wing. (* Complete arrangement with vocals). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 9

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 9 continues the program with more popular jamming tunes.

Song List: America, Bill Cheatham, Carroll County Blues, Colored Aristocracy, Down Yonder, Great Speckled Bird, In the Pines, Jesu Joy of Man's Desire, June Apple, One Wife is Good Enough, Sailor's Hornpipe, Waltzing Matilda, Wearing of the Green, Whiskey Before Breakfast. This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 10

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Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 10 covers a nice cross section of music from around the world. These songs were chosen by popular requests and favorites of my students. There are many play along audio recordings included with this package, slow, medium and faster versions to aid accuracy and others with the lead instrument removed so that you can be part of the 'band'.

Song List: Bourree in E Minor, Cherokee Maggie, Columbus Stockade Blues*, Planxty Fanny Poer, Southwind, Fire on the Mountain, Southwind, Flowers of Edinburgh, Off to California, Road to Lisdoonvarna, Snow Deer, Temperance Reel, Tennessee Waltz*, The Boys of Bluehill, What Would You Give (in exchange for your soul)*, Wildwood Flower (Keys of G and D) . (* Complete arrangement with vocals). This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volume 11

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Bluegrass music has a strong connection to the old world. The Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, created this unique genre from a blend of Irish, Welsh, English, Scottish and other national flavors; he then added some blue notes, a banjo, a bright Mandolin chop, twin fiddles and high vocals and bluegrass was born. I was looking for a similar inspiration when putting this project together. The arrangements are complimented with Performance Notes, Background history and Backup fills behind the vocals. Several of the arrangements include Mandolin duets. These are great for playing along with a friend or student/teacher. Multiple play-along audio tracks are included to help interpretation and enjoyment of the music. These audio tracks are recorded at various tempos, with and without the lead instrument; with and without the lead vocal so you can be part of "the band" picking and singing!

Song List: Beauty in Tears, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Big Sciota, Can’t You Hear Me Calling, Carol of the Bells, Crying Holy Unto the Lord, Faded Love, Five Foot Two, In the Garden, Midnight on the Water, Rock of Ages, Saint Ann’s Reel, Scarborough Fair, Sweet Georgia Brown, Torna a Surriento, Where Have all the Flowers Gone? This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin Volumes 1 thru 11

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This package includes the entire program described above and is a real 'meal'. It will keep you picking for a long time! This is a download file of a Adobe pdf book with the music/tablature and play-along mp3 files.

 

 

Mandolin Christmas

Christmas Arrangements for 1, 2 or 3 Mandolins!

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The Holiday Season is a wonderful time for family and friends to be together. It is also a great opportunity to play music! That was the thought behind this series; playing Christmas Carols as a family or with friends. The arrangements presented in this book are for 1, 2 or 3 Mandolins. They are cleverly arranged to match the complimentary books in this series: Banjo Christmas, Bass Christmas, Fiddle Christmas, Dobro Christmas and Guitar Christmas. You can mix and match any of the arrangements in many different combinations to create some very unique and entertaining Holiday Music and Caroling.

As an example, let’s say that you have a Guitar and Fiddle picker to jam with. You can split up the parts between the three of you. The Mandolin could play part 1, the Guitar part 2 and Fiddle part 3. For variety, you can switch these as you perform. The second time through the song, as an example, the Mandolin could switch to part 2, the Guitar to part 3 and the Fiddle could go to part 1. On the next repeat, switch the parts again! There are many possibilities. Add a Bass and you will have a Bluegrass Christmas Carol Quartet!

Song List: Angels We Have Heard On High Away in a Manger Christmas Hornpipe Coventry Carol Deck the Halls God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Oh Come All Ye Faithful O, Holy Night Silent Night The First Noel (Nowell) We Wish You a Merry Christmas What Child is This?

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