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How to Improvise Bluegrass Mandolin Solos Audio CD – January 2, 1998


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Musician's Workshop (January 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158496040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584960409
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,173,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Improvising Bluegrass Mandolin is great! Therefore I’m ordering the Improvising Bluegrass Guitar for my buddy." -- B. McFarland-Ashville, OH

"I think the Improvising Bluegrass Mandolin is terrific!" -- N. Killen-Macon, GA

About the Author

Brad Davis has many years of experience as an acclaimed bluegrass and country music guitarist. With several albums to his credit, Brad's most widely heard guitar work is on Marty Stuart's gold record "This Ones Gonna Hurt You." Brad debuted his patented "Brad Bender," the string bender for acoustic guitars, and the unique style it offers, on countless national television shows with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo. In addition to currently touring with Marty Stuart, Brad also spent several years on the road with the Forester Sisters. Songwriting, record production, and the production of instructional material for the guitar are also wedged into his tight schedule.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stevan Rogers on April 24, 2002
As a player for more than 20 years, I often find method books that are not much more than a collection of tunes. You learn them note for note, and then that's how you play them. Not the case with this one...this method takes several phrases and brings them together to create really decent sounding solos. You can then mix and match the phrases to create your own solos. One of the things I liked best about it, was that the first time I played through the phrases, I picked up a couple of licks that I could immediately incorporate into my own playing. Any time I get a book that actually adds to the grab bag of "licks" that I have, instead of adding more tunes, I consider it a good book. I was convinced this was a good one about ten minutes after receiving it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam on July 26, 2005
This book is about 10 pages of licks you could probably find off the internet and is an extreme ripoff for $17. It teaches you absolutely nothing about improvising mandolin solos and the title is entirely misleeding. Using premade licks is not improvisation. Don't bother buying this book but instead check out websites such as [...]. This book should only be worth about $5 seeing as it is not even printed up with a binding but rather a plastic comb.
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By HayAnne on February 28, 2011
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This book contains some good information (scales, arpeggios, double stops, chop chords, chord progressions) and several sample licks. What it does not do, however, is actually tell the player "How to" apply all of this information. As an advanced beginner at the mandolin, this was not helpful at all. There is no real instruction on improvising, but perhaps instructing on how to improvise is a paradox.
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