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Bluegrass Mandolin for the Complete Ignoramus!


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Parts of a mandolin(ist); come in the door!; bluegrass mandolin; important stuff; tuning your mandolin; the strings of the mandolin; how to hold the mandolin; how to hold the pick; tablature or "tab" for ignoramuses; the key of G; the G scale; your first tune!; joy to the world; mandolin chords; amazing grace; angel band; cryin' holy unto the lord; don't this road look rough & rocky?; down the road; east Virginia; handsome Molly; John Hardy; keep on the sunny side of life; little Maggie; Blue Ridge Mountains; nine pound hammer; roll in my sweet baby's arms; shady grove; will the circle be unbroken?; playing in the key of A; cripple creek; house of the rising sun; I've just seen the rock of ages; Paul and Silas; the key of F; banks of the Ohio; bury me beneath the willow; Knoxville girl; the key of C; dig a hole in the meadow; I've been all around this world; wildwood flower; the key of D; in the pines; midnight on the stormy deep; soldier's joy; how to jam; mandolin rhythms in 2/4 or 4/4 time; mandolin rhythms in waltz or 3/4 time; harmony chord positions; simple rhythm chord positions; Tune & CD index; Native Ground Books & Music.

About the Author

Wayne Erbsen has made it his lifelong passion to collect, preserve and perform historic American music. An active teacher, musician, writer, and publisher, he is President of Native Ground Music, Inc. He lives with his wife Barbara and their three children near Asheville, North Carolina.


"The bluegrass mandolin can be a very fulfilling and fun instrument to play for old fashioned blue grass lovers. "Bluegrass Mandolin for the Complete Ignoramus" is a complete and comprehensive guide for those who seek to master this instrument. Covering everything from tuning the bluegrass mandolin to reading sheet music, playing as part of a band, and more, "Bluegrass Mandolin for the Complete Idiot" is an excellent introductory guide." -- Midwest Book Review

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