You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin
by Dix Bruce
Product Number: 94331
Publisher: Mel Bay Pub., Inc.
Difficulty Level: Beginning
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You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin is written as a teach-yourself text with play-along examples and tunes on the companion recording. 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. Illustrated with drawings and photographs of vintage instruments.
You Can Teach Yourself® Mandolin shows you all you need to know to get started with this engaging instrument. Subjects addressed include: elementary note and music reading, tuning the mandolin, scales, keys and transposition, beginning music theory, nineteen easy songs, all common mandolin chords and strums, basic pick technique, tremolo, and double stops, a handy scale, chord, and transposition chart, and a "Sources" section for further listening and study.
The 19 easy songs are: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Hush Little Baby, Streets of Laredo, Kumbaya, John B. Sails, I Ride an Old Paint, Careless Love, Sportin' Life, Fair and Tender Ladies (2 versions), The Cuckoo, The Cruel War, Nine Pound Hammer, Take a Drink on Me, Stringin', The No-Name Rag, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Sally Goodin, and All Through the Night.