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A great book for all those interested in mandolin.
on 22 September 2012
This is a truly comprehensive book on mandolin and has something for everyone, from beginner to expert and from bluegrass player to classical player. It assumes nothing and gives detail on everything. Due to the way it is sectioned and organised, it is easy to "dip in" at various points to suit different approaches and abilities. Although it is thorough, the use of humour and anecdotes makes it a joy to read and provides plenty of interest as well as instruction. It covers all the basics of use of each hand, chords, scales, tunes, styles etc. etc. as well as background information on development of the instrument, notable players, buying and caring for the mandolin, and many other aspects.
The exercises and tunes use conventional notation as well as tab but, importantly, are also available as a set of audio clips that I downloaded very easily from the internet using the instructions in the book. These are a huge bonus for those, like me, who find learning by ear combined with tab the easiest way.
Although players who want to make further progress in a particular style will probably want additional instruction books or DVDs, this book provides an excellent basis and should promote the interest of all who read it.