Jethro Burns Complete Mandolin Book by Jethro Burns and Ken Eidson. Jethro Burns took the mandolin to new heights with incredible flights of imagination, creativity, and virtuosity. This book combines his three instruction books, all of which were packed with exercises for improving control and speed, fiddle and folk tunes as only Jethro could have arranged them. You’ll also learn arpeggios, scales, chord theory, original compositions and solos by Jethro plus transcriptions of some of his finest recorded solos.


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Jethro Burns was one incredible mandolin player and his technique was stunning and seemingly without limit. Beginning in the late 1970s, Jethro wrote three groundbreaking and progressive books on his playing for Mel Bay Publications. All designed and organized by Jethro to teach students his complete approach to the mandolin and to the music for which he was famous.

Now all three of Jethro’s books have been collected and reissued in one volume as Jethro Burns’ Complete Mandolin Book along with, for the first time, audio with recordings by the master himself playing pieces from the book!This book will stretch your knowledge of mandolin beyond what you thought possible. Worth the price for the transcriptions of Jethro’s famous and revolutionary recorded solos on “Back Up & Push,” “Mississippi Sawyer,” “Tennessee Waggoner,” “Old Joe Clark,” “Soldier’s Joy,” “Hell Amongst the Yearlings” alone. Great tunes and exercises for any mandolinist.

Table of Contents:
Explanation of Terms
Simple Chords—Open Position
Boll Weevil Exercise
Medium-Difficulty Solos and Exercises
Pinky-Control Exercise
Special Pull-String Technique
Exercise a la Ellington
Warm-Up Thing
Three-String Chord Positions
Exercise in C (Version I)
Exercise in C (Version II)
Altered Chords
Exercise in F (#1)
Exercise in F (#2)
Ending Licks in A
Circle-of-5ths Progression
Cramer Licks
Improvising and More Advanced Solos
Exercises Using Whole-Tone Scales
Exercises Using Diminished-7ths
Crazy Fiddle Licks
Split-String Technique
Some Chord Theory
Pull-String Technique
Scale and Broken-Chord Exercises
Exercises for Right-Hand Technique
Cross-String Technique
Cross-String Exercise
Exploring Basic Bluegrass Harmony and Beyond
“Standard” Chord Progression
Double-Stop Exercise
Double-Stop Licks in Waltz Time
Broken Chords in G
Broken Chords in A
More Broken Chords in A
Broken Chords in D
More Broken Chords in D
Circle-of-5ths Exercise in C
Circle-of-5ths Exercise in F
“Around the Horn” Exercise
Flying Fingers Exercise
Fun Exercise
Exploring Basic Bluegrass Styles
Chord Charts. Tunes: All Strung Out
Amazing Grace
America the Beautiful
Annie Laurie
Aura Lee
Back Up and Push
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Billy Boy
Black and Blues
Blackberry Blossom
Blackberry Blossom—High Version
Camptown Races
Chicken Reel
Cripple Creek
Cross Country
Cumberland Gap
Devil’s Dream
Dirty Old Mandolin
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
Fickle Fingers
Fisher’s Hornpipe
Flickin’ My Pick
Flop Eared Mule
For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
Goin’ Down That Road Feeling Bad
Golden Slippers
Grandfather’s Clock
Hell Amongst the Yearlings
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Jesse James
Jethro’s Tune
John Hardy
Just a Closer Walk
Listen to the Mockingbird
Litterbug Waltz
Little Brown Jug
Londonderry Air
Mando Bleu
Mississippi Mod
Mississippi Sawyer
My Old Kentucky Home
Nellie Bly
Nelly Gray
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Old Joe Clark
Old Time Religion
Paddy on the Turnpike
Pop Goes the Weasel
Raunchy Old Rag
Reuben Sandwich
Rickett’s Reel
Sailor’s Hornpipe
Sam’s Bush
Scotch Plaid
Shift of Wit
Slim Pickin’
Swanee River
Swing Low
Sweet Chariot
Tater-Bug Rag
Tennessee Wagoner
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Yellow Rose of Texas

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