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Mandolin Instruction

Learn how to play the mandolin with our huge selection of mandolin instruction books, videos and DVD’s. Every title is discount priced and most ship the same day. The mandolin is a very important instrument in bluegrass bands. As a rhythm instrument, it provides the all-important chunk, complimenting the bass line. As a lead instrument, it provides melodic solo parts and instrumental tunes. Find the right mandolin instruction method for you to learn to play bluegrass mandolin.

Mandolin Books

Mandolin tabs and banjo books for less at PlayBetterBluegrass.com. Every banjo tablature and instruction book is discount priced and most ship the same day. Most banjo books are written in tablature, which is a visual approach to playing the banjo that tells you which strings to play and which fret to hold down, rather than indicating actual note names. Tablature can be used for any tuning. Right hand finger usage can also be indicated as well as techniques like slides, pull-offs, etc.

Mandolin Books
Mandolin DVDs

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.

Mandolin DVDs
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Mandolin Jam Along Pack
Mandolin Jam Along Pack
All Star Bluegrass Jam Along for Mandolin Book/CD Pack These fabulous collections for players of all levels feature 21 must-know bluegrss songs & instrumentals, created especially for learning players by the genre's leading artists. The artist plays a basic solo that states the melody of the tune, then a more adventurous improvisation, and each solo is transcribed in detail. The CD provides the audio versions of the solos, plus multiple rhythm tracks performed at moderate tempo for easy play-along. This great series will help you build your repertoire & get your licks in shape, so you can shine in your next performance or jam session! Songs include: Bill Cheatham • Blackberry Blossom • Down in the Willow Garden • I Am a Pilgrim • I'll Fly Away • In the Pines • John Hardy • Old Joe Clark • Soldier's Joy • more!
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Sam Bush Mandolin Bundle Pack
Sam Bush Mandolin Bundle Pack
Includes the book/CD pack Sam Bush Teaches Mandolin Repertoire & Technique (00695339) and the DVD Bluegrass Mandolin (00641669) in one money-saving pack.
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You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin
You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin
Another great 'Teach Yourself' book from Mel Bay with 'play-along' examples to help you get started. You'll learn all about accompanying yourself and others, common chords and useful strums, reading simple melodies, playing a colorful assortment of mandolin
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Teach Yourself Bluegrass Mandolin
Teach Yourself Bluegrass Mandolin
Teach yourself authentic bluegrass, with clear instructions from a professional. Covers the basics, left-handed techniques and solo backup. A section also includes personal advice on performance. Plus a complete section of the best bluegrass songs and tunes to learn from.
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Bluegrass Mandolin
Bluegrass Mandolin
The first and best instruction book on bluegrass mandolin. Fully illustrated with detailed instructions from the basics to fancy fingerwork, backed up by a collection of bluegrass music by Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Frank Wakefield, and John Duffy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Deluxe Bluegrass Mandolin Method
Deluxe Bluegrass Mandolin Method
Ray Valla shares the insights of a veteran bluegrass mandolinist. This is the ideal book for the intermediate to advanced player. It is filled with practical hints to improve your musicianship and increase the speed of your progress. The book's 27 well-known bluegrass tunes are shown in standard notation and tablature.
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Murphy Method Beginning Mandolin
Murphy Method Beginning Mandolin
This DVD starts at the very beginning, by covering all the basics. The techniques are applied to 7 well-known bluegrass songs, plus learn the chording for each song, which will enable you to play with other people! Taught by Murphy Henry. No Tab. Boil Them Cabbage, Cripple Creek, Worried Man, and more! (2 hours)n
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Beginning Mandolin Solos
Beginning Mandolin Solos
Here's a diverse collection of 56 beginning mandolin solos in notation and tablature with suggested guitar chords. This book makes an excellent supplement to any introductory mandolin method. Dix Bruce performs all of the tunes in the book on the companion CD.
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Country and Bluegrass Mandolin
Country and Bluegrass Mandolin
There are certain important aspects of learning an instrument which must be seen to be understood. Incorrect technical habits severely limit speed, accuracy, and tone quality. Our specialized pick technique study, will give you the skills necessary to become a good player quickly.
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Flatpickin the Gospels for Mandolin
Flatpickin the Gospels for Mandolin
A collection of 24 bluegrass/gospel favorites arranged for mandolin with rhythm guitar accompaniment. These intermediate/advanced solos are comprised of melodic embellishments and standard runs that may by used with other songs with similar chord structures. All solos written in notation and tablature.
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You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin - 2 DVD's
You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin - 2 DVD's
Complete two-DVD series. Butch teaches all the basics-and several classic tunes-on these two starter DVD's!
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Monroe Instrumentals:  25 Bill Monroe
Monroe Instrumentals: 25 Bill Monroe
This book is a collection of transcriptions in notation and tablature taken from classic instrumentals recorded over a span of 40 years, from the early 1940s to the early 1980s. It functions as a 'fake book' for bluegrass students to learn the original melody or to study Monroe's playing style.
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Bluegrass Mandolin DVD
Bluegrass Mandolin DVD
Sam Bush details the dominant mandolin styles from Bill Monroe to Newgrass! He demonstrates powerful techniques while teaching ten classic tunes. 100-MINUTE DVD - INCLUDES MUSIC + TAB -
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O Brother Where Art Thou For Mandolin
O Brother Where Art Thou For Mandolin
Perfect for beginning to advanced players, this collection contains both note-for-note transcribed mandolin solos, as well as mandolin arrangements of the melody lines for 11 songs from this Grammy-winning Album of the Year: Includes tab, lyrics and a mandolin notation legend.
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A Mandolin Player's Guide to Jamming
A Mandolin Player's Guide to Jamming
Joining a jam session can be intimidating. Presented here is everything a beginning or intermediate mandolin player needs to know to participate in a jam session. There are sections that describe how jam sessions work, and jam session etiquette. The book also describes the typical chords and keys for jamming, and describes right hand usage
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Essential Techniques for Mandolin
Essential Techniques for Mandolin
Chris Thile shares his own successful formula for developing right- and left-hand dexterity, improving speed and accuracy, and playing with heightened musicality. He provides numerous exercises that will make all the difference as aspiring players learn. 85-MIN. DVD ∑ LEVEL 3 ∑ INCLUDES MUSIC + TAB
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The Mandolin of Bill Monroe - 2 DVD's
The Mandolin of Bill Monroe - 2 DVD's
2 DVD set of the analyzing the mandolin playing of the Father of Bluegrass. Beginning through Intermediate level.
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The Bluegrass Mandolin of Ronnie Mccoury DVD
The Bluegrass Mandolin of Ronnie Mccoury DVD
Ronnie McCoury has made an instructional DVD that will be a boon to all learning mandolinists. Accompanied by his dad on guitar and vocals, Ronnie works through a rich repertoire of tunes and techniques, breaking each piece down to its essentials. 80-MIN. DVD ∑ INCLUDES MUSIC TAB ∑ LEVEL 4
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Mandolin Scales and Studies
Mandolin Scales and Studies
This user-friendly text, is ideal for daily practice. Contains frequently used major, minor, scale forms, and exercises. Written in notation, tab and fretboard diagrams.
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30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin
30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin
These 30 classic fiddle tunes will add depth to any player's repertoire and technical proficiency. Butch plays each piece slowly and up-to-speed, and provides rhythm tracks. Songs: St. Anne's Reel ∑ Fisher's Hornpipe ∑ Whiskey Before Breakfast ∑ Little Rabbit ∑ Cherokee Shuffle ∑ Fire on the Mountain ∑ etc.
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A Smokey Mountain Christmas for Mandolin
A Smokey Mountain Christmas for Mandolin
This wonderful collection gives the mandolin player a wide variety of material from which to choose. Well-known soloist Steve Kaufman includes beautiful, meaningful carols arranged specifically for mandolin.
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The Sam Bush Mandolin Method
The Sam Bush Mandolin Method
Sam Bush performs and slows down traditional fiddle tunes and original instrumentals, giving detailed instruction on pick technique, rhythm playing, speed building, warm-up exercises, improvised soloing, equipment and much more. 2-DVD SET ∑ INCLUDES MUSIC + TAB ∑ LEVEL 3
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