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Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Mandolin Primer

Mandolin Primer

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For orders outside the US, you must order from here.

This book is a result of my developing a well thought-out lesson program for mandolin over the last twenty years of teaching. In this 96 page spiral-bound book, the material is laid out in a graduated fashion. There is an even mix of common fiddle tunes and bluegrass breaks to singing pieces. There are numerous transcriptions of Bill Monroe solos, but most arrangements are put together by me for teaching purposes. Also included are scales, arpeggios, pick exercises, chords diagrams, tag endings and a chordal position playing page. This book includes both standard music notation and tablature. For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

For those with the previous version entitled Jack Tuttle's Madolin Collection volume 1, go here to find the mp3 files specific to that book.

Here's the Table of Contents with some mp3 files:
My Home's Across the Blueridge Mountains simple melody break in the key of G
Boil Em Cabbage Down standard shuffle rhythm for working on pick direction
Soldier's Joy simple standard fiddle tune, key of D
Old Joe Clark simple standard fiddle tune, key of A
The Girl I Left Behind Me simple standard fiddle tune, key of G
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? simple break in the key of A using repetitive melody style
Arkansas Traveler standard fiddle tune, key of D
Air Mail Special on the Flysimple break in the key of A using repetitive melody style
Shenandoah Waltz introduces tremolo
Jaybird fiddle tune in D using some off-beat rhythm for working on pick direction
Bury Me Beneath The Willow melody break in G
Squirrel Hunters trendy fiddle tune
I'll Fly Away melody break using common double stops
Liberty standard fiddle tune, key of D
Lonesome Road Blues melody break in G with slides
Swallowtail Jig 6/8 rhythm fiddle tune
It Takes One To Know One Jimmy Martin waltz with tremolo
Red-Haired Boy standard fiddle tune, key of A
Foggy Mountain Top standard song in A
Clinch Mountain Backstep Ralph Stanley banjo tune, common jam piece
Down the Road Flatt & Scruggs popular song in A
Cripple Creek standard fiddle tune, key of A
St. Anne's Reel standard fiddle tune, key of D
Long Journey Home common bluegrass song, David Grisman solo in G
Whiskey Before Breakfast standard fiddle tune, key of D
Cora is Gone waltz in D
Angeline The Baker standard fiddle tune, key of D
Blue Grass Stomp Bill Monroe mandolin tune using downpick style
Bill Cheatum standard fiddle tune, key of A
Hot Corn, Cold Corn Flatt & Scruggs popular song in G
Eighth of January standard fiddle tune, key of D
Tennessee Blues
Little Maggie standard bluegrass song in A
Turkey In The Straw
Short Life Of Trouble
Banks Of The Ohio standard bluegrass song in D
Billy In The Lowground standard fiddle tune, key of C
Cherokee Shuffle standard fiddle tune, key of A
Fireball Mail
June Apple standard fiddle tune, key of A
Before I Met You waltz by Flatt & Scruggs
Salt Creek standard fiddle tune, key of A
I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darling common Flatt & Scruggs song in F
Forked Deer standard fiddle tune, key of D
Salty Dog (1) circle of 5ths song by Flatt & Scruggs, melody based in G
Salty Dog (2) alternative solo
Stoney Point standard fiddle tune, key of G
Blue Ridge Cabin Home Flatt & Scruggs classic
Summertime George Gershwin song frequently sung by Doc Watson
Blackberry Blossom standard fiddle tune, key of G
Ragtime Annie standard fiddle tune, key of D
Toy Heart Monroe classic
Old Home Place song by the Dillards in Bb
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
In The Pines common bluegrass waltz
Dusty Miller Monroe version of an old fidle tune
Red Wing common tune in G
I'll Never Shed Another Tear
On And On Monroe classic
Big Mon standard fiddle tune, key of A
Dark Hollow standard bluegrass song in C
Molly and Tenbrooks standard bluegrass song in Bb made popular by Bill Monroe
Little Darlin' Pal Of Mine common song/tune played by Flatt & Scruggs in G
New Camptown Races very popular Frank Wakefield mandolin tune in Bb
Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow standard bluegrass song in C
Paddy On The Turnpike standard fiddle tune, key of G
Old Dangerfield bluesy Bill Monroe mandolin tune in A
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight common bluegrass song in E
Highway Of Regret Stanley Brothers song in G
Gold Rush Bill Monroe fiddle tune in A
Kentucky Mandolin Bill Monroe mandolin tune in Gm
Head Over Heels in Love With You
Wheel Hoss Bill Monroe fiddle classic in G
Rebecca Hershel Sizemore mandolin tune in B, common jam tune
Walls Of Time Monroe classic in C
Ocean Of Diamonds Jimmy Martin waltz in F using double stops and tremolo
Love Please Come Home Reno and Smiley song in B
East Virginia Blues standard bluegrass song in E
Closed Position Fill Licks
Major Scales Arpeggios
Pick Direction Exercises
Tag Endings
Chordal Position Playing
Open Chords Closed
Chords Song Index

Updated October 24, 2018