All-Time Favorite Parking Lot Picker’s Mandolin Solos by Dix Bruce. 40 mandolin solos for some of the best-loved Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel songs ever. Songs, solos, exercises, and techniques that every mandolin player should know! Includes downloadable recordings of every solo at both slow and regular speeds.

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Additional Details

Essential compilation of 40 mandolin solos. Aimed at beginning and intermediate mandolinists. Includes:easy open string solos, closed position moveable and transposable solos, solos with tremolo, double stops, bluesy solos, crosspicking solos, and backup mandolin parts.

Songs, solos, & techniques every mandolin player should know!

  • Melodies
  • Tablature
  • Chords
  • Standard single string solos
  • Back up mandolin parts
  • Closed position, moveable, transposable solos
  • Harmony parts
  • Transposing solos to other keys
  • Fiddle tunes for mandolin
  • Moving solos to different regions of the mandolin fingerboard
  • Extensive instruction in technique
  • 88 pages 
  • Illustrated with photos of new, rare, and antique mandolins
  • Recordings of EVERY solo on the downloadable audio at both slow and regular speeds!

Songs are from from the best selling Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook Mandolin Edition. See the list of songs/solos below. Though it’s a book of solos and not specifically a mandolin method book All Time Favorite Parking Lot Picker’s Mandolin Solos teaches several techniques that all mandolin players should know. The book includes extensive information on moving solos to different keys across and up and down the fingerboard. You’ll learn back up mandolin parts to play behind singers. And, you’ll learn to play in a variety of different keys. What are you waiting for? Order yours today!

Customer comment:

One year+ player. Thank you for the All-time favorite mandolin solos book. It was recommended on a mandolin website. I just love it. Love your enthusiasm and encouragement that comes through… My dream is to play in a 4-5 piece week-end band. I am 63. 


Play guitar too? We also have a wonderful collection of solos for mandolin entitled All-Time Favorite Parking Lot Picker’s Guitar Solos by Dix Bruce. Like the guitar book/audio set, all the solos are on songs from the Parking Lot Picker’s Songbooks.


Sample Pages & Audio*:
Sample page: Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Sample page: Wildwood Flower Solo #1
Audio sample: Will the Circle be Unbroken slow
Audio sample: Will the Circle be Unbroken up-to-speed
Audio sample: Angeline the Baker slow
Audio sample: Angeline the Baker up-to-speed
Audio sample: Shady Grove slow
Audio sample: Shady Grove up-to-speed

*Note: We’ve shortened the audio examples to save space on our website. The full length slow and up-to-speed versions of each song are on the book’s accompanying downloadable audio. The band plays each song through several times with solos, vocals, and open spaces for you to fill with rhythm back up, leads, and solos. Each audio track is several minues in length so you really get a good workout on each song or tune!

Table of Contents:
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Long Journey Home
Shady Grove
Wabash Cannonball
Amazing Grace
Nine Pound Hammer
Banks of the Ohio basic solo
All the Good Times are Past and Gone back up part
Angel Band back up part
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
Little Birdie closed single string solo
Little Birdie double stop solo
Down in the Valley to Pray
Feast Here Tonight
Cripple Creek
Footprints in the Snow
Going Down this Road Feeling Bad
All the Good Times are Past and Gone arpeggio solo
I am a Pilgrim
Angel Band double stop solo
Banks of the Ohio crosspicking solo
In the Pines
Keep on the Sunny Side of Life
Little Maggie
Lord, I’m Coming Home
Man of Constant Sorrow
Molly and Tenbrooks
Precious Memories
Pretty Polly
Hills of Roane County double stop tremolo back up part
Hills of Roane County call and response back up part
Red Wing
Little Sadie
Will the Circle be Unbroken?
Reuben’s Train
The Wayfaring Stranger
Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
There’s More Pretty Girls Than One single string solo
There’s More Pretty Girls Than One arpeggio solo
Down in the Willow Garden crosspicking solo

The Magic Mandolin Shape

Hundreds of mandolin chords include what Dix Bruce calls The Magic Mandolin Shape. Hundreds more can be made by simply moving or modifying this basic shape. Unlock one of the most useful secrets of mandolin chords by identifying and understanding The Magic Mandolin Shape. Click here to see a short video about it.