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Mandolin for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Being Bitten By the Mandolin Bug 7 Chapter 1: Becoming Acquainted with Your Mandolin 9 Chapter 2: Getting to Grips with Tuning and Terminology 21 Chapter 3: Getting a Handle on Your Mandolin 29 Part II: Starting to Play the Mandolin 37 Chapter 4: Making Music on the Mandolin 39 Chapter 5: Picking with the Right Hand 65 Chapter 6: Fretting Notes and Chords with the Left Hand 93 Chapter 7: Playing ?Jethro?-Style Three-String Chords 115 Chapter 8: Playing Mandolin Music: Scales and Melody 129 Part III: Putting Playing Styles into Practice 153 Chapter 9: Playing Music from Yesteryear: Old Time, Rags and Blues 155 Chapter 10: Giving your Mandolin a Speedy Workout: Bluegrass 187 Chapter 11: Travelling to the Emerald Isle: Irish Mandolin 209 Chapter 12: Taking a Quick World Tour 225 Chapter 13: Swinging to Those Jazzy Rhythms 241 Chapter 14: Blending Styles: Dawg Music 265 Part IV: Purchasing and Caring For Your Mandolin 275 Chapter 15: Selecting and Buying a Mandolin 277 Chapter 16: Building Your Accessories Kit 291 Chapter 17: All Change: Replacing Your Mandolin?s Strings 301 Chapter 18: Caring For and Repairing Your Mandolin 311 Part V: The Part of Tens 321 Chapter 19: Ten (or so) Tips on Becoming a Good Mandolin Player 323 Chapter 20: Ten Mandolin Players You Need To Know 329 Chapter 21: Ten Ways of Tapping Into the Mandolin Subculture 335 Part VI: Appendixes 341 Appendix A: Chord Charts 343 Appendix B: Reading Standard Musical Notation 347 Appendix C: Audio Tracks 359 Index 365

About the Author

Don Julin is a professional mandolin player, instructor, and recording artist. Don has spent the last 30 years challenging the boundaries of the mandolin and developing a reputation for being one of the most eclectic mandolin players on the scene today.

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