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BackUp Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes

BackUP Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes, Vol. I by Dix Bruce. Learn melodies and practice soloing on fourteen of the most popular old time & fiddle tunes. Play along with a great string band rhythm section: guitar (Dix Bruce), mandolin (Bob Alekno), string bass (Markie Sanders) and fiddle (Jeremy Cohen).

BackUP Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes is great for ANY stringed instrument, not just fiddle! You play all the leads while the band backs you up. Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace. And, it's great fun! You'll really get the feeling of having your own band to practice with.

Melodies are first presented on the recording at a slow speed with just guitar, then each is repeated at regular speed with the band. Split track mixing on the recording allows the student to hear just the melody (while reading along in the book) or just the rhythm section, or both for maximum flexibility and specific study. Finally the band plays several choruses and you play all the leads. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. Potential for improvement is unlimited!

Tunes: Temperance Reel, Sally Goodin, Blackberry Blossom, Over the Waves, Beaumont Rag, Red Haired Boy, June Apple, Salty Dog, The Wayfaring Stranger, Arkansas Traveler, Soldier's Joy, Billy in the Lowground and Old Joe Clark.

Click here to go to "Downloads" & download two sample pages of music: "Sally Goodin" with guitar and mandolin TAB.

Available: Fiddle/Mandolin. Book has melodies in standard notation, fiddle music and mandolin tablature. We'll jam all night long! Let's get Pickin'!

A note on the recordings that accompany the books: Our main publisher, Mel Bay Publications, has decided to stop including CDs with their instructional books in favor of audio downloads. BackUP Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes will soon not be available with CDs, only downloads. As of 12/10/2016 we have just a few book/CD copies left in stock. When these are gone we plan to make CDs available to those of you who would still like to have the audio on CD. They'll only available when you buy the book. See the link below.

(This phasing out of CDs will not affect the book/CD sets that Musix publishes, like "Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm," which will continue to be sold with a CD included.)

BackUP Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes book & CD set

SPECIAL SALE PRICE: $15.95 Add $2.92 for Media Mail (ten days to two weeks or more); $6.45 for Priority Mail (two to three business days).

Fiddle and mandolin edition (includes mandolin tablature)

: Regular price $17.95.

BackUP Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes CD ONLY: $2.00 plus $1.00 postage.

A Note on Shipping & Postage

Orders shipped outside the U.S.A.

Old Time & Fiddle Tunes, Vol. 1

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Also available: BackUP Trax: Old Time & Fiddle Tunes for Cello. Cellists can hear, read, and learn a great collection of fiddle and old time tunes arranged for cello! Same band, same tunes as above, but all melodies and licks are played by nationally known performer and educator, Renata Bratt on cello.

Customer comment:

"…Just received a copy of your "BackUp TRAX book, Old Time & Fiddle Tunes Volume 1" and am delighted with it. I am a rookie at the mandolin, having just bought one last December, and am in the throes of toughening and stretching my fingers to accommodate those closed chords up and down the frets! I started out with your book "You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin" and then bought your "Getting into Bluegrass Mandolin." I especially like the Trax book because it provides the melody in both slow and regular tempos along with just the backup…I am getting into it with gusto a couple of hours each day (I'm retired), and probably driving my wife up the wall, but I am enjoying the mandolin, calloused fingers and all. Thanks for your help."
R. P., Bloomington, IL
"…I had to write and let you know how pleased I was with your "BackUP TRAX" teaching material…I am writing to encourage you to continue to use this method of help others learn to play. Specifically, I like the fact that you have a CD to accompany the book, also, you have recorded the songs at slow speed as well as "up to speed." I especially like the oopportunity for the student to take a break or solo on the songs…it is an asset to have the chord positions listed on each page. All of this, I feel, will help a beginner to intermediate learn easier and faster… You got it right. Keep up the good work!"
R. G., Rochelle, GA
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