Mandolin Licks-ercises by Dix Bruce. Well-thought out, step-by-step method uses Homespun’s Licks-ercises concept to teach licks, tunes, and exercises. Aimed at beginning and intermediate players it’ll help make you a better mandolinist!


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Starting with simple “call and response” phrases, Dix outlines “Nine Pound Hammer” and “More Pretty Girls Than One” using a plethora of variations on fill-in licks.

After a brief foray into basic music theory and scales, you’ll learn the well-loved “Amazing Grace,” played in closed position of (i.e. no open strings) so you can move it to ANY key up and down the neck. This will help you learn to move ANY melody, solo, tune, or lick to ANY key you wish!

Dix also demonstrates and discusses “magic chord shapes,” double stops, and other important concepts that will help make you a better, more musical player. As the lesson progresses, you’ll also build arrangements for “All the Good Times are Past and Gone,” “In the Pines,” “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” and other Bluegrass and old-time classics.

Dix Bruce has been playing and teaching mandolin for decades. This San Francisco Bay area musician and writer has authored over fifty instructional books, recordings and DVDs. Including the popular “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbooks” and “Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm.”

Dix performs and does studio work on guitar, mandolin, bass, and banjo, and was the editor of “Mandolin World News” from 1978 to 1984. He has released four CDs with guitarist Jim Nunally and one with singer and mandolinist Julie Cline entitled “Look At It Rain.” Dix arranged, composed and performed on the soundtracks to four different editions of the best selling computer game, “The Sims.”

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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.

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