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Isaiah Ward
Isaiah Ward

Mandolin Primer (Book

This book is a result of my developing a well thought-out lesson program for mandolin over the last twenty years of teaching. In this 96 page spiral-bound book, the material is laid out in a graduated fashion. There is an even mix of common fiddle tunes and bluegrass breaks to singing pieces. There are numerous transcriptions of Bill Monroe solos, but most arrangements are put together by me for teaching purposes. Also included are scales, arpeggios, pick exercises, chords diagrams, tag endings and a chordal position playing page. This book includes both standard music notation and tablature. For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

Mandolin Primer (Book

My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains simple melody break in the key of GBoil Em Cabbage Down standard shuffle rhythm for working on pick directionSoldier's Joy simple standard fiddle tune, DOld Joe Clark simple standard fiddle tune, AThe Girl I Left Behind Me simple standard fiddle tune, GWill the Circle Be Unbroken? simple break using repetitive note melody style, AArkansas Traveler standard fiddle tune, DAir Mail Special on the Fly simple break in the key of A using repetitive note melody styleShenandoah Waltz introduces tremolo on a slow waltz, DJaybird fiddle tune in D using some off-beat rhythm for working on pick directionBury Me Beneath The Willow melody break with slides, GSquirrel Hunters trendy fiddle tune, DI'll Fly Away melody break using common double stopsLiberty standard fiddle tune, key of DLonesome Road Blues melody break with slides, GSwallowtail Jig not really bluegrass, but 6/8 (jig) fiddle tune, EmIt Takes One To Know One Jimmy Martin waltz with tremolo, ARed-Haired Boy standard fiddle tune, AFoggy Mountain Top repetitive notes with some off-beat movement, AClinch Mountain Backstep Ralph Stanley banjo tune, common jam piece that's crooked, ADown the Road Flatt & Scruggs popular song, ACripple Creek standard fiddle tune, ASt. Anne's Reel standard fiddle tune with lots pf arpeggios, DLong Journey Home common bluegrass song as played by David Grisman, GWhiskey Before Breakfast standard fiddle tune, DCora is Gone another waltz, lots of tremolo, some double stops (two strings), DAngeline the Baker standard fiddle tune, DBlue Grass Stomp Bill Monroe mandolin tune using downpick style, DBill Cheatum standard fiddle tune, AHot Corn, Cold Corn Flatt & Scruggs popular song, GEighth of January standard fiddle tune, DTennessee Blues first mandolin tune Monroe ever wrote, ALittle Maggie standard bluegrass song, ATurkey in the Straw a fiddle tune everyone has heard, GShort Life of Trouble common fast(ish) waltz, GBanks of the Ohio standard bluegrass song, DBilly In the Lowground standard fiddle tune, CCherokee Shuffle standard fiddle tune, AFireball Mail song made popular by Earl Scruggs as a banjo tune, GJune Apple standard fiddle tune, ABefore I Met You fast waltz by Flatt & Scruggs with some off-beat movement, GSalt Creek standard fiddle tune, AI'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darling common Flatt & Scruggs song, FForked Deer standard fiddle tune, DSalty Dog (1) circle of 5ths song by Flatt & Scruggs, melody based, GSalty Dog (2) alternative solo which uses more scale and less melodyStoney Point standard fiddle tune, GBlue Ridge Cabin Home Flatt & Scruggs classic, BbSummertime George Gershwin song frequently sung by Doc Watson, GmBlackberry Blossom standard fiddle tune using lots of 4th finger, GRagtime Annie standard fiddle tune, slightly swingy, DToy Heart close to Monroe's solo on this classic, EOld Home Place popular song by the Dillards, BbFoggy Mountain Breakdown famous Earl Scruggs banjo tuneIn the Pines common bluegrass waltz, lots of tremolo and double stops, EDusty Miller Monroe version of an old fiddle tuneRed Wing common tune, GI'll Never Shed Another Tear Flatt & Scruggs standard, GOn and On Monroe classic using chordal position playingBig Mon standard Monroe fiddle tune, ADark Hollow standard bluegrass song, solos are getting fancier now, CMolly and Tenbrooks standard bluegrass song made popular by Bill Monroe, BbLittle Darlin' Pal of Mine common song/tune played by Flatt & Scruggs, GNew Camptown Races very popular Frank Wakefield mandolin tune, BbAin't Gonna Work Tomorrow standard bluegrass song with lots of blues notes, CPaddy On The Turnpike standard fiddle tune, GOld Dangerfield bluesy Bill Monroe mandolin tune with three parts, AI Wonder Where You Are Tonight common bluegrass song, EHighway of Regret Stanley Brothers song with double stops and higher positions, GGold Rush Bill Monroe fiddle tune, AKentucky Mandolin Bill Monroe mandolin tune, GmHead Over Heels in Love With You from Flatt $ Scruggs repertoire with a more complicated solo, GWheel Hoss Bill Monroe fiddle classic, GRebecca Hershel Sizemore mandolin tune, common jam tune, BWalls of Time Monroe/Rowan classic, COcean of Diamonds Jimmy Martin waltz in F using double stops and tremoloLove Please Come Home Reno and Smiley song played in a higher position, BEast Virginia Blues sophisticated solo on a standard bluegrass song, EClosed Position Fill LicksMajor Scales ArpeggiosPick Direction ExercisesTag EndingsChordal Position PlayingOpen Chords ClosedChords Song Index

Mandolin virtuoso Radim Zenkl strongly believes that before you can play well you must have a complete understanding of your instrument and know the basic techniques needed to get the most music out of it. On this primer (for players at all levels), he breaks down the mandolin fundamentals that even accomplished musicians must know.

Take a mandolin lesson in the comfort of your living room with mandolin lessons on DVD. You don't have to run all over with the high price of gas to your mandolin instructors. Bluegrass mandolin can be difficult to learn and watching a DVD is a great way to take a mandolin lesson as you can freeze, replay and fast forward through various sections. A mandolin lesson on DVD costs much less than lessons with an instructor and you can view it over and over.


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