Mandolin Picking Tunes: Beautiful American Airs & Ballads by Dix Bruce

26 historic and well-loved American melodies arranged for intermediate and advanced mandolinists. These beautiful airs and ballads in many different major and minor keys have been taught and performed since the very beginnings of the American experience, expressing good times and bad, joy, sorrow, and everything in between. The printed music includes standard notation, accompaniment chords, and tablature. The arrangements use several different playing techniques including double stops, crosspicking, chord melody, up-and-down eighth note picking, and tremolo. Recordings of each piece are downloadable for listening and playing along.

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Sample pages:

Always page 1

Always page 2

Shendoah page 1

Sample audio:

Always mp3

Shendoah mp3

Click here to view Dix Bruce’s video introduction to and watch him play parts of three songs from Mandolin Picking Tunes: Beautiful American Airs & Ballads.

Table of Contents

Notes on Beautiful American Airs and Ballads
Hard Times Come Again No More
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Long, Long Ago
I Never Will Marry
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
Silver Threads Among the Gold
Aura Lee
All the Pretty Little Horses Always
Beautiful Dreamer
What’ll I Do?
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
Sweet Genevieve
Darling Nellie Gray
The Wayfaring Stranger
Down in the Willow Garden
John Henry
Home! Sweet Home!
Shady Grove
I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
In the Pines
Precious Memories
Just As I Am