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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing; Pap/MP3 edition (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739087886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739087886
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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My favorite 'how to play the mandolin' book very good value for the amount of material that it covers, I also have the mandolin for dummies book which is not bad but this one is easier to follow and work through in my view
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Very helpful. I'm a learner to the mandolin and this book takes me all through from the beginning the methods to play the mando. Clear and precise very comprehensive.
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My daughter was able to play a recognisable song very quickly using this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to play mandolin, not a style of mandolin 5 Sept. 2013
By Andrew M. Bihl - Published on Amazon.com
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Most books on learning to play mandolin focus on just one style, or approach (Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, etc.). This book takes a different approach. It teaches all aspects of mandolin, including theory and a bit of history. Along the way you learn specifics for various genres (including, but not limited to bluegrass, jazz, blues, ragtime and even reggae). This is exactly the kind of learning tool I was looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable book. 11 Aug. 2014
By Johnjohn - Published on Amazon.com
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I played violin for years not very well and changed to mandolin which I love and prefer. I tried several mandolin books but this is definitely the best in my opinion. Abit difficult for beginners but if they stick with it should be alright. I am up to final book and now understand much more of improvising essentials. Also a lot of vauable tips on styles not in other books. CD is great but easier to locate tracks if you use up down cursors on player to get section then left, right for tracks. Because there are over 200 tracks, I numbered mine in pencil in book to know where I was. Definitely recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star review to add 17 April 2014
By Max The BSD Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book! Well written, with a wide range of style presented. Might not be the best book if you're only interested in solely bluegrass mandolin picking, but if you want to be a well-rounded player, this is the book. Very minor quibble: this would have been a perfect candidate for spiral binding so it'd lay flat. There are services that will do that for a small price.

The Mandolin for Dummies does a slightly better job at the very beginning basic steps, and so makes a good companion if you have the bucks. That book, though, is printed in hard to read type not for older eyes. Past those baby steps, and this book will take you where you want to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and those with fretted instrument experience 4 Dec. 2014
By A. Dauria - Published on Amazon.com
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As a guitar player, I have a little head start learning the mandolin. This book has been perfect for me. I'm well into the intermediate section after a few weeks and have learned a ton. Plus, he gets you playing stuff that sounds good from very early in the method. He encourages smart learning techniques like working on different sections, having a few projects, working/memorizing in chunks, etc. Lots of good music theory here too.

If you're a complete newbie to stringed/fretted instruments this book will also be a very good place to start. I'd also recommend perhaps checking a few youtube videos helping you to hold the instrument properly, etc., as their are limitations to the book/audio format.

Oh, while I'm on that - the included MP3 are excellent as well and are a great aid when learning the material. I loaded mine onto my tablet and play it from there as I work through the book. It's much harder to learn from written music/tab alone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Home has written an excellent book that is well organized and follows a very ... 11 Aug. 2016
By joe in greece - Published on Amazon.com
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Greg Home has written an excellent book that is well organized and follows a very logical progression for learning how to play a mandolin.

The book physically is rather large (9x12 inches...23x30 cm) with 288 pages. It fits nicely on a music stand and will stay open on front and back pages without breaking the book's back. The print size is sufficient that you can read the text and music with the book placed on a music stand.

Unlike most mandolin books that use tabular and generally ignore teaching the reader how to read music, Horne drops tabs very early and concentrates on teaching the reader how to read music as well as know and understand music theory.

The book is broken into three sections... beginner, intermediate, and master. Horne progresses with step by step lessons having meaningful exercises that support the material the author wishes the reader to know. A CD is also provided so the reader can hear what an exercise sounds like when played by someone knowing how to play a mandolin. If the reader follows the progression laid out in the book, masters the exercises for each lesson as they come up, and follows the author's recommendations regarding how and when to pratice; there is an excellent chance that the reader will also master the mandolin.

The one weakness in the book is that there are not enough exersices for each lesson. Additional exercises would provide more variety for the learner to master. This, most likely, is a trade-off made by the author as adding more exercises would result in a book that is unwieldy thick and difficult to use. An alternative would have been to break the book into three volumes with more exercises; eg, a beginners book, a intermediate book, and a master's book. Three volumes would also have increased the price. In any case, the exercises provided for each lesson are adequate for the purpose.

Keep in mind that the book is meant to teach someone how to play a mandolin. It is not a mandolin song book. If you are looking for a book having songs then you should look for another book. However if you are wanting to learn how to play a mandolin then consider this book.
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