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Ultimate Beginner Series: Bluegrass Mandolin - Basics & Beyond

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Virtuoso bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger, with the able assistance of John Moore, Kenny Blackwell, and Bill Bryson, guides you through all the bluegrass basics and beyond. You'll learn classic bluegrass mandolin techniques, all in the context of classic bluegrass standards. Beginning with basic left- and right-hand techniques, Dennis guides you through developing great backup parts, playing solos, and working with a bluegrass band. Learn technique through up-close camera angles. Play-along with a virtuoso bluegrass band and then try the ""minus-one"" play-along tracks. Printable PDF tab files make it easy to practice at your own pace, and the amazing performance footage will inspire you to attain new levels of musicianship.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alfred Music
  • Directors: Alfred Publishing Staff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Alfred Music
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 075792347X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,224 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I tried two other introduction to the mandolin DVDs and found both of them hard to learn from (though I'm sure they have much to teach someone with more basics). This one starts with very basic instruction and moves quickly to songs and techniques that are challenging for a beginner and quite impressive. Everything is explained very clearly, and there are some nice performances (with other instruments) that are inspiring enough to push you forward. I'm actually taking private lessons as well, but we're using this disk as a starting point, which makes me even more confident that it teaches you the important stuff in the right way.

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.
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I am new to the mandolin so I was looking for something to start me off on the right foot. I have several years of guitar behind me (as well as some violin) so I was not sure whether to start on a beginner book.

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.
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This is a good monkey-see, monkey do ensemble, but the instructor tends to move rather quickly through some moves and fingering routines. That said, it's one of the best available. A good introduction to some basic bluegrass tunes.
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The DVD is quite easy to understand; you can simply pause or rewind when you want to slow down the pace a bit. The presenter knows how to explain the concepts quite well. This represents one of the best uses for DVDs, that of instruction in playing a musical instrument when no teachers are available. Highly recommended.
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This is by far the best DVD for beginning the Mandolin and playing bluegrss. The
instuction and instrutor moved at a very good pace. Very Good.
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