American Mandolin Method Volume 1 Beginning Tunes and Techniques

Master teachers and performers of the mandolin, Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship have crafted this beginning mandolin method book based on the solid system created by Wicklund for the best-selling books, The American Fiddle Method. Using clear illustrations and lucid explanations, the authors guide beginning mandolin players through necessary skills such as efficiently holding the mandolin, fretting, picking technique, creating good tone, chop chord and open chord backup. Students learn the techniques while mastering over thirty common jam tunes, which they can practice with using the accompanying audio. 72 page book with 60 min CD


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  • 30 authentic tunes in standard keys
  • Step-by-step progression
  • Tune variations
  • Back up chords
  • Cool artwork
  • Toe-tapping play-along CD

Learn these tunes:

Amazing Grace
Angelina Baker
Arran Boat Song
Boil 'em Cabbage Down
Bonaparte's Retreat
Buffalo Gals
Camptown Races
Cluck Old Hen
Country Waltz
Crawdad Song
Cripple Creek
Down in the Valley
Girl I Left Behind Me
Little Liza Jane
Miss McLeod's Reel
Old Joe Clark
Over the Waterfall
Red Haired Boy
Red River Valley
Red Wing
Sandy Boys
Shady Grove
Shortnin' Bread
Si Beag Si Mor
Stinky's Blues
Sugar Hill
Turkey in the Straw

Praise for the American Mandolin Method....

"Ben and Brian have created an exceptional resource with the release of American Mandolin Method, Vol. I. This is going to be one of the very finest resources a beginning mandolin player could hope for. The information is concise, well organized, the lessons first-rate and they've picked great tunes. Five stars!"

-- Scott Tichenor Mandolin Cafe

"Gives any aspiring mandolin player the tools they need to get out and play music."Matt Flinner, master mandolin teacher, author and performer

"A great place to start for any beginning mandolin student."Mike Marshall, master mandolin teacher, author and performer

"I wish I had this book when I was starting out!  The American Mandolin Method will surely get a beginning mando player started out on the right foot." –John Reischmann, master mandolin teacher, author and performer