You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin
by Dix Bruce

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Book (over 100 pages) and CD set by Dix Bruce (editor of Mandolin World News and FIGA columnist) from Mel Bay Publications. Aimed at beginners and intermediate players it teaches:

• Tuning the Mandolin
• Nineteen Easy Songs
(see listing below)
• Nineteen Mandolin Solos
• All Common Mandolin Chords
• Elementary Note & Music Reading
• Beginning Music Theory
• Scales, Keys, & Transposition
• Mandolin Accompaniment Strums
• Complete “Split-track” Stereo Play-along CD
• Basic Pick Technique
• Tremolo • Double Stops
• Handy Scale, Chord, and Transposition Chart
• “Sources” section for further study
• Chord Appendix & More!

Gets you started playing the world's most fascinating, yet small, stringed instrument. Join the fun!

You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin book only - $10.95

You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin book/CD set - $19.95

You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin VHS Video - $19.95. (Available as a special order only. Takes approximately two additional weeks for delivery.)

Add $2.92 for Media Mail (ten days to two weeks or more); $6.45 for Priority Mail (two to three business days). postage on any set or video.

You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin
Table of Contents:
Beginning at the Beginning 4
The Mandolin & Its Parts 6
Getting in Tune 9
Preparing to Play 11
Part I—Chords 13
Chord Diagrams (G & C) 13
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands 16
Hush Little Baby (F & D) 18
Streets of Laredo (waltz time, A) 20
Kumbaya (E) 22
John B. Sails (Calypso strum, Bb & C7) .... 25
I Ride an Old Paint (Bb chop & F7) 29
Careless Love (G7) 32
Sportin' Life (diminished seven, triplet
strum, E7, Am, A°, C,47, F,47, B7) 36
Fair and Tender Ladies (Em) 40
The Cuckoo (Gm, D7) 43
The Cruel War (F#m, Bm) 46
Nine Pound Hammer (bluegrass) 50
Take a Drink on Me (A7) 53
Part II—Basic Note Reading 56
Notes on the Mandolin 56
Rhythm, Rests 60
Tablature 61Stringin' (lead picking) 63
Key Signatures 65
Major Scales 67
The No-Name Rag (eighth-note leads) 71
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (dotted notes) 76
Sally Goodin (fiddle tunes) 78
Fair & Tender Ladies (tremolo) 80
All Through the Night (double stops) 84
Beginning at the End 88
Scale, Chord, and Transposition Chart 89
The Chord Appendix 91
Sources 97

Click here go to "Downloads" & download a sample page of music: "No Name Rag."

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Customer comments:
Hello Dix,
I used your "You Can Teach Yourself Mandolin" several years back when I first started to learn the instrument...I wanted to take a minte to thank you. What a great learning tool that was. I am taking private lessons now, and my instructor was quite pleased with where I was when I first went to see him. Thanks again for a great introductory textbook and CD set.
P.M. - Columbia, MO
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