Mel Bay's Complete Mandolin Methodby Mel Bay, Mel Bay Publications Inc (Manufactured by)
With the thoroughness of a book by Mel Bay, this method presents mandolin technique and note-reading in a progressive, step-by-step fashion. Given the diverse applications of this versatile instrument, this method was carefully written to build the musicianship and technique needed to play both classical and contemporary mandolin styles. Music theory concepts and additional playing techniques are introduced as needed. Exercises and tunes are presented in all keys, many in duet format to be played by teacher and student. In notation only.
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This is my type of beginning Mandolin book. The focus is on learning the notes first rather than the chords. This is perfect for me because being able to play easy songs early on allows me to gauge my progress. Being able to play chords is wonderful, but can songs be identified by the chords alone? Mel Bay's Complete Mandolin Method used in conjunction with a solid book on chords gives the novice an excellent foundation.