Mandolin: Dead Man's Tuning Vol. 1

Mandolin: Dead Man's Tuning Vol. 1

by Willy Minnix


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So you want to learn how to play the mandolin? the Mandolin: Dead Man's Tuning series is a collection of instructional books based on one of the easiest to learn tunings for the Mandolin, ADAD or DDAD.

Volume 1: Basics

Learn how to play the mandolin. How to play mandolin in open D tuning, also called Dead Man's Tuning or DDAD tuning.

This is the first book in a series that teaches how to play mandolin in alternate tunings. It is perfect for beginners or advanced players who want to learn a different style of playing.

Topics covered are picking patterns, chords and basic theory, finger style and string technique. Original artwork and diagrams are well done and make the topics easy to understand. Also included are photographs of hand made mandolin's by renowned mandolin builder Larry Hopkins.

The included tablature contains both the standard sheet music as well as tablature in DDAD tuning and ADAD tuning for several of the songs. Many of the songs are duets designed for teachers and students, original songs, folk tunes, Irish melodies and traditional blues, jazz and bluegrass tunes arranged for both Dead Man's Tuning and ADAD tuning. Several of the songs are recorded on Mr. Minnix's CD "Mandolin Studies," which is also available.

This is one of the only books available on the subject of alternate tunings for mandolin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470006969
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/27/2012
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 996,102
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)

About the Author

Willy Minnix

As a musician, artist, writer, sound man and minister, Willy Minnix has formed a unique perspective on life that has grown along with his chance to live all across America. His unique perspective on life is reflected in his works, and connects with people from all walks of life. His songs often offer a glimpse into other times and places, that carry the listener along to places they have never experienced, and sights they have never seen, often reflecting social commentary on modern life and culture. With roots in Blues, Pop, Rock and Gospel, and influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Billy Joel, Howlin' Wolf, Greg Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Beach Boys, The Beatles, Andre Crouch and the Disciples, Rev. Gary Davis and Jimi Hendrix, Willy creates a unique blend of all of these elements that has been labeled "Cornfield Blues," and has some calling it "Rural Countryside: a signpost; a mile marker from Austin, Nashville and Abbey Road." He has had the pleasure of working with such people as Paul Shaffer from the Late Show with David Letterman, the actor Stanley Tucci, and bands such as Blues Traveler, Little Feat, Keb' Mo', and even members of the Grateful Dead.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. If you are having a hard time learning how to play the mandolin, this book should help. I found the directions easy to follow, the tabs are easy to read, and there is a lot of good information on easy to play chords and licks. It is a very helpful book for a beginner. You will be learning how to play in a different tuning, but it is a very fun and easy to play tuning. Also, the author has a ton of videos on youtube that I have watched that covers a lot of what he teaches in the book. So if you read something that is confusing, you can check out his videos to understand the info.