Ultimate Beginner Series: Bluegrass Mandolin - Basics & Beyond
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All in all, a very well thought out and helpful introduction; it uses the advantages of DVD (along with PDF files for the sheet music and tabs) to get you off (I hope) to a good start. The instructor is Dennis Caplinger, and I am very grateful to him and his colleagues.
The book starts you off with the real basics (how to hold a pick, read music and tab etc). It starts you off with really slow and simple songs and introduces the bluegrass backbeat and the simple chords.
For a guitar player the first half of the book goes very quickly, but the second has held my attention for some time. It describes a good set of left and right hand practice session and slowly builds to what I would think of as more intermediate level tunes.
The tunes are all played on the CD for demonstration, but at the end of the CD there are full band arrangements of the tunes. I am not a bluegrass player, but I think one of the really neat features of the book is that you can buy corresponding versions for guitar and banjo with the same tunes and put a fun little group together.
instuction and instrutor moved at a very good pace. Very Good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was difficult to follow. The teacher moves much too fast and I am an experienced mandolin player. I was hoping to improve my skills and learn some new material. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Jennifer
I was never great at learning how to play instruments from a DVD, but this one was fairly explanatory and informative. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Ryan K Locke
Useful book and easy to read illustrations, tips, and instructions. I'll eventually need a regular teacher, but at least I will be able to get started.Published on February 4, 2013 by Abraham Lincoln
The DVD arrived fine and all. but the pictur quality was low and it was very difficult to navigate. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Freddy M. Echaves