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4.0 out of 5 stars Irish Mandolin Made Easy, 8 April 2011
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Mr. Patrick L. Divine "Patrick" (East Anglia, England) - See all my reviews
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Easy to follow fun tunes for Mandolin. Although I am new to playing Mandolin (have played guitar for several years) I found this book easy to use and the CD a great aid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Music fo Mandolin made easy, 16 Sep 2011
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Patricia Richards (Monte Falcone Appennino, (AP) Italy) - See all my reviews
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I am an older beginner on the mandolin and am finding this selection really enjoyable. All the tunes are lovely which, as another reviewer said, start really slowly,and gradually move up a gear in speed and complexity as one works through the book. The recordings are good with guitar accompaniment,so that I feel as if I am playing in a group. The discipline of playing along is useful as it makes one think and play more quickly.
As already mentioned the tunes are mostly played twice, occasionally three times through with repeats,so one has time to enjoy playing the music and work on tricky bits without going back to the beginning all the time. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginers, 16 Jun 2011
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Very pleased with this book. Contains some nice tunes, starting with slow airs through to faster reels. Great for starters like me. CD tracks very useful to play along with. Great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes it easy, 16 July 2013
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Very clear tablature. Tunes played slowly and clearly. Some of the jigs and reels look daunting for a novice, but have been adapted here to make them playable from the start. Great book, perfect for beginners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice selection of songs, well presented., 27 Nov 2013
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I like this book as a nice introduction to Irish folk mandolin. It starts with simple tunes and gets trickier. It has a CD with backing guitar which enhances your enjoyment to play along with. It's also good that it shows you the guitar chords as you're playing, so that you can start to develop more complicated play yourself, and slip into improvised backing mode yourself if someone is singing or taking the melody line. Each song is given its own page which is a good format - not too bunched up, and no page-turning mid tune. Why not 5 stars? It was close but I'd've liked to see the tempo marked on the music (you can of course figure that out quickly from the CD), and perhaps the lyrics too would've been good. As always with songbooks etc, I also would prefer a ring-binder. But generally I am very happy with it.
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