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The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis (Book & Online Audio)

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis (Book & Online Audio).pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Janet Davis(Author)

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(Mandolin). The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook contains multiple versions varying in difficulty of 26 of the most popular songs from bluegrass, jazz, ragtime, rock, pop, gospel, swing and other genres, in both standard notation and mandolin tab. The songs are arranged by Janet Davis to appeal to players of all levels, and the audio features her performing demos for listening and playing along. Arrangements in the book feature alternate licks, endings, segues and turnarounds for improvising. Picking styles include: tremolo, Monroe style, fiddle style, double stops, crosspicking, triplet style, jazz style and more. The songs are in various tunings and keys, and the lyrics and history are included for each. Songs: Alabama Jubilee * Autumn Leaves * The Entertainer * Great Balls of Fire * How Great Thou Art * Limehouse Blues * Orange Blossom Special * Rawhide * Stardust * Tennessee Waltz * Yesterday * You Are My Sunshine * and more! Audio is accessed online for download or streaming and features PLAYBACK+ tools such as looping, tempo adjustment, and more.

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  • PDF | 248 pages
  • Janet Davis(Author)
  • Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (December 1, 2010)
  • English
  • 6
  • Arts & Photography

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  • By Nikoli Gogol on April 15, 2011

    The title of this book is misleading. This is a book about improvising on mandolin.There are other books that teach how to improvise. You can try "Mel Bay presents Mandolin Picker's Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation" but it is limited to bluegrass music. The complete method book "Mel Bay presents Getting into Jazz Mandolin" is all about improvisation but it has a jazz emphasis."The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis" is an intermediate level book. You should know how to play chords and know the fretboard reasonably well to get the most from this book.Janet Davis has not limited herself to one genre but demonstrates bluegrass, jazz, ragtime, rock, pop, gospel, country, folk, blues, and swing. The book is over 200 pages and there are 2 CDs. It is crammed with alternate beginnings, fills, licks, endings, and turnarounds, in standard and tab notation. There is so much notation that not all of finds its way to the CDs.It had been my intention to work my way through the book in short order but in the 3 months I've had the book, I've barely tapped the surface. Although it would be best to work your way from beginning to end, I have found that you can skip ahead to your favorites.This book is a treasure trove of exemplary musical instruction and is an incredible bargain.

  • By Bob Daniel on April 5, 2014

    This book is definitely not for a beginner in my opinion, but the arrangements are good and fun to play. I am a beginning mandolin player, but I've played guitar for 50 years so I'm used to using a pick and already have conditioned fingers. I like the way Ms. Davis provides multiple arrangements for each song so you get a real feel for the fretboard for each one.

  • By Mando Wannabee on April 14, 2015

    Would be helpful if I could see a sample, or at least an index to see what is in the book before buying

  • By Daniel Sharpe on June 14, 2014

    There is no way ANY teacher could present a player with this much material AND give you recorded examples for under $20!! Yes, I realize a teacher can help with your timing, posture, fingering etc., but if one is motivated this book gives you a number of songs in various genres ( not just bluegrass ) and ways to create credible variations. Highly recommended.

  • By Aaron Lenz on June 5, 2015

    Love learning new music

  • By Judy M. Smith on December 28, 2012

    Again this was a gift and the giftee was very pleased. This word requirement is a pain because the only person that can fairly review the item is the person who received it

  • By The Poet on December 8, 2012

    I purchased this book about six weeks ago and I have been playig and studying the pieces out of it every day now (sometimes all day!). I love this book very much but when I first got it I laughed to see musical phrasing referred to as "licks". I guess most American mandolinists TODAY are guitar players and that is their "musical language". I am just trilled with this book and it lives up to its name: Hal Leonard, The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook by Janet Davis. I feel like I have discovered some "real mandolin treasure tunes" (like the very first tune Alabama Jubliee that is just a brilliant simple tune in its "unembellished state" ---- that is true musical genius!) There are so many high drama tunes suited for the mandolin in this book I will be studying it for the next few years --- excitement beyond belief! I highly recommend this book to all mandolinists --- especially for women: it is high drama without killing your left hand on 5-fret stretches that men land so easy!

  • By Paul B. on June 8, 2011

    First of all, I'm a middling mandolin player. I'm not a rank beginner, and I do a bit of mando picking in a little Irish band. I enjoy experimenting with improvising on different types of tunes, but don't have any real idea what I'm doing. That's why I like this book and CD set so much.For an "ultimate" songbook, 26 doesn't sound like a very large number of tunes. However, the book is well worth the price. For each tune, Ms Davis gives you a fairly plain, unadorned version of the tune first, and you can listen to it on the CD. Once you're comfortable with that, she gives you a LOT of alternative licks which you can substitute for certain measures of the tune, adding to the tunes' interest. Then, she gives different versions of each tune, in varying styles such as Texas swing, jazz, romantic, etc. Again, you can listen to the different versions to help you get them under your fingers. It's like having a talented teacher by your side saying "OK, that sounds good. Now try playing it THIS way". I'd highly recommend this book.

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