Mandolin for Dummies, Enhanced Edition
The fun and easy way to learn to play the mandolin
The newest addition to the highly successful Dummies instrument-instruction line, Mandolin For Dummies gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction on learning to play the mandolin. Following the time-tested Dummies format, Mandolin For Dummies provides a level of content and instruction greater than anything currently available.
Mandolin For Dummies breaks down the fundamentals of this instrument and provides the resources you need to practice and improve your ability over time.
Packed with individualized instruction on key mandolin-friendly musical styles, including Irish and Celtic, "old time" American music, blues, bluegrass, swing, and jazz Files available via download provide audio tracks from the book and exercises so you can play along and build your skills -- almost 2 hours of music! Clear and useful photos and diagrams ensure you fret, strum, and pick with precision Includes a mandolin buying guide to help ensure you make the right purchases Tips on restringing mandolins and other DIY care and maintenance topics
If you're an aspiring mandolin player, don't fret! Mandolin For Dummies has you covered.
I waited until I was able to get into the book a bit before writing something here. I wanted to take some time to explore and work on some of the concepts introduced in the book. I wanted to be fair….I'm glad I waited and spent the time. It's a great read from the start, thanks to Don's light and fun style, but it's even better if you give it time, play along and work with it. Don Julin has a great way of bringing the intricacies of learning the mandolin to a place where we all can "get" it. I've been trying to teach myself how to play and have had several moments while working with this book where I literally say to myself, "Oh, NOW I get it!." Seriously.
If you're looking to learn the mandolin or if you're looking to improve your skills, I highly recommend getting this. I wish I had it when I started, But I am thrilled to have it now!
No audio content
The book is good but it won't let me download any of the audio content to go with it so its hard to follow. Would be a really good book if the make the audio available.