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Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Mandolin Spiral-bound – August 21, 2007


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078667492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786674923
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.8 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dix Bruce, a musician, composer, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area, was born and raised in the Midwest. His interest in American folk music, jazz, and original composition are blended into a unique vocal and instrumental sound. His compositions are fresh and his energetic, exuberant stage personality, along with his driving rhythm and lead work, set the tone for a warm and exciting performance. He began playing guitar at age twelve. After college, he relocated to the Bay Area where his interest in hybrid acoustic string music led him to David Grisman's prototype quintet in the mid-1970's. Bruce eventually teamed up with the mandolinist and edited the magazine Mandolin World News from 1978 until 1984. In 1978 Bruce formed the band Back Up and Push to explore the emerging possibilities of swing and jazz on acoustic stringed instruments. The band toured the west coast throughout the 1980s and accompanied Bruce on his release Tuxedo Blues, which features many of his original instrumental and vocal compositions. Dix Bruce has done studio work on guitar, mandolin, and banjo and has recorded two albums with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield, six big band CDs with the Royal society Jazz Orchestra, and his own collection of American folk songs entitled My Folk Heart on which he plays guitar, mandolin, and autoharp as well as sings. In 1991 he contributed two original compositions to the soundtrack of Harrod Blank's acclaimed documentary Wild Wheels. he has released two CDs of traditional American songs with and originals with guitarist Jim Nunally. Dix arranged, composed, played mandolin, and recorded music for the CD-ROM computer game "The Sims" for the Maxis Corporation. His music is featured on a virtual radio station within the game. Mr. Bruce currently has over twenty publications in print with Mel Bay. He has also written for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, FRETS, Bluegrass Unlimited, and The Fretted Instrument Guild of America.

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There is a great variety of songs, from bluegrass, to gospel.
Carol D. Doyle
I wanted a book with great songs that was a little more challenging to encourage me to keep playing.
Geri
I highly recommend this as a must-have book for a mandolin library.
Donna D. Krug

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Donna D. Krug on March 29, 2008
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This is one of the best mandolin music books in existence with a
wonderful selection of songs with music, chords, and tablature. It is
arranged so that you can avoid the problem of turning pages, and the
format easily stays open on a music stand. The CD only goes through a
single verse of everything so it is not a play along, but it helps you
know how things sound. There's also valuable information for transposing
songs.

This has become indispensible for me and my husband too, as he has a
tenor guitar tuned like a mandolin. I play the mandolin. Of all my mandolin
books, this is the very best value for the money. I highly recommend this
as a must-have book for a mandolin library. Interestingly, I have not
seen it in any stores around here and had to order it online.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Bredin on August 23, 2008
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Dix Bruce collects roughly 200 songs, most complete with lyrics (up to 9 verses, some of them), garnished with photos. The book includes short, but fantastic, recordings (entertaining even). Each of the songs can be approached by a beginner, and the recordings give some idea of how to improve. The book suggests keys for male and female voices, and includes instruction for how to change key to accommodate vocalists.

The only fault I find with _The Parking Lot Picker's Songbook_ is that it is not mandolin specific, aside from tablature. None of the songs include any hint of double stops. Few of the songs use more than four chords, and there are no hints for how to embellish the simple chord progressions with alternate voicings (3-string chords) or transitions. The notation and tablature, like other fake books, is really for the singer, so it would be nice to have some suggestion for how to differentiate the mandolin parts from the vocal melody.

The book is probably worth the price solely for the recordings and it's a good resource for bluegrass song lyrics. I would award a fifth star if it were really a mandolin book, rather than a fake book for mandolin players who want tablature.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carol D. Doyle on January 13, 2008
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This is a beautiful book. Very well done. It is very easy to play out of this book, as the notes and tabulature are very clear, and large enough to easily read. There is a great variety of songs, from bluegrass, to gospel. I especially like the spiral binding, to make it easier to turn the pages, and to lay flat on the music stand. My only wish is that the songs would be played through a couple of times. The CD's are of excellent quality. A great value for the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By asntdr01 on October 12, 2010
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There are tons of songs in the book but it is very close to a fakebook. It nails the melody lines on the songs that I tried but you have to add the extra notes/tab to make solid mandolin solos. If you're a beginner or beginner/intermediate it's great. Anything above that and it falls short. It also has most of the songs in G and C. When I was in bluegrass we sang in A, Bb, and B about 80% of the time and G and C about 20% of the time. If you're looking for songs in the bluegrass keys of B and Bb, they are not in there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Norton on January 2, 2011
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I am new to the mandolin and bluegrass as a genre of music and this book has been a great fun book to learn from. It has loads of songs that even if you are new to bluegrass, you are sure to recognize a handful of the songs in the book anyway. The CD helps by giving a short blip of what each song sounds like though I wasn't super impressed with how the CD sounded in general.

We use the book here in Reno for monthly jams and they make a version for guitar and banjo and fiddle I think. So you and a friend who plays the guitar can learn the same version of the same song and then play together. And with so many songs to choose from, you could never be bored. This book will keep you going for a long time. It also has tabbed out breaks in each song so you can get in a little solo practice! Great fun. I would highly recommend this book to a new or intermediate player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2009
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Great reference book for Mandolin, especially for beginners. Tabs get you going quickly. It covers the structure of the song, the "bones" of it. As you get better on the instrument, you can embellish as desired. I'm having great fun with it, wondering if the guitar version is the same set of songs or a different set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Cunningham on October 30, 2008
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This is a very good book to learn to play the mandolin. It is easy to read and a great selection of old bluegrass and gospel songs. I can also use the book to learn the rythm chords on my guitar. Also, the type is large so I can easily see the tabs and words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy D on June 28, 2008
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I have many 'picking' books and 'fake' books. This is the best I own. I like everything about it. The spiral bound book, the number of songs in the book and the fact that every single song is on the cds. You can't go wrong.
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