Mandolin Books

Great Tunes For Mandolin (vol I)

Great Tunes For Mandolin (vol 1)
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SOLOS AND DUETS FOR MANDOLIN
with free audio download (details in book)
Volume 1 of an anthology of pieces from the baroque to the present day chosen for their strong and memorable melodies, either written or arranged specially for the mandolin.

  • Play solos and duets with a partner or with the accompanying audio.
  • Standard music notation and tablature, with guitar chords.
  • Tunes both easy and challenging, each graded for ease of playing.
  • Detailed performance notes and technical tips.
  • Includes download of demo files (48 mins)
  • Background information and absorbing anecdotes make this an entertaining as well as an invaluable resource.

Whether you’re taking mandolin lessons, following a programme of self-tuition, or just an occasional player, Great Tunes For Mandolin will provide you with repertoire and inspiration over time as you improve as a mandolinist.

PRESS REVIEWS
‘Excellent source material to add to the repertoire of players of any experience… Throughout, the textual commentary is enlightening.’
R2 Magazine

‘Simon’s rare gift is that, despite his exalted standing in the ranks of the great players of the world, he leaves you with the feeling that ‘you could’… can’t recommend these two new books highly enough’
BMG Magazine


Great Tunes For Mandolin (vol II)

Great Tunes For Mandolin (vol 2)
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SOLOS AND DUETS FOR MANDOLIN
with free audio download (details in book)
Volume 2 of an anthology of pieces from the baroque to the present day chosen for their strong and memorable melodies, either written or arranged specially for the mandolin.

  • Play solos and duets with a partner or with the accompanying audio.
  • Standard music notation and tablature, with guitar chords.
  • Tunes both easy and challenging, each graded for ease of playing.
  • Detailed performance notes and technical tips.
  • Includes download of demo files (48 mins)
  • Background information and absorbing anecdotes make this an entertaining as well as an invaluable resource.

Whether you’re taking mandolin lessons, following a programme of self-tuition, or just an occasional player, Great Tunes For Mandolin will provide you with repertoire and inspiration over time as you improve as a mandolinist.

PRESS REVIEWS
‘Excellent source material to add to the repertoire of players of any experience… Throughout, the textual commentary is enlightening.’
R2 Magazine

‘Simon’s rare gift is that, despite his exalted standing in the ranks of the great players of the world, he leaves you with the feeling that ‘you could’… can’t recommend these two new books highly enough’
BMG Magazine

New Celtic Mandolin (book)

New Celtic Mandolin Book
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A book of thirty-one tunes from all corners of the Celtic World in standard notation and tablature with guitar chords. Includes three arrangements for quartet and interviews with top players Andy Irvine, Maartin Allcock, Chris Newman, Gary Peterson and Brian Taheny. Includes all the tunes from Simon’s New Celtic Mandolin CD.

The Mandolin Tutor


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Book / audio download
A book/audio pack offering a detailed course to those starting to play the mandolin covering everything from:

*   tuning
*   right and left hand techniques
*   reading music and tablature
*   chords
*   tremolo
*   scales
*   exercises
*   tunes and simple duets
*   advice on choosing and maintaining an instrument

PRESS REVIEWS
‘This is billed as ‘A detailed course for those starting to play the mandolin’ and that’s exactly what it is. Simon Mayor has avoided the tedium of most beginners’ courses by choosing interesting tunes for even the very first lessons.
By the end you stand a chance of playing (amongst others) Buffalo Gals, Wildwood Flower, The Star of the County Down and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – a wisely diverse selection. It helps that Simon has a pleasant unpatronising manner and an ability to explain things clearly.
He’s also quite good on the mandolin(!) and should be an inspiration to all aspiring mandolin players.
It’s difficult to say much more about a beginner’s course, but I could not fault this material in any way. It’s way, way better than anything of this sort that I’ve seen.’
Folk Roots

Mastering The Mandolin

Mastering The Mandolin
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with free audio download (details in book)
A detailed course for those who have already covered the basics of playing the mandolin, incorporating closed position playing, position shifts, 4th finger workouts, chordal arrangements, bunched and extended fingerings, tremolo, double stopping and many tricks of the trade to help you on your way to mastering the mandolin.

The New Mandolin

The New Mandolin
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Simon Mayor’s book of 21 tunes taken from across his first three mandolin albums are laced with technical tips and humourous anecdotes. The music is presented in standard notation and tablature and now includes examples of harmony lines and quartet arrangements.

CONTENTS
The Buttermere Waltz
Dead Sea Dance (No 1)
Dead Sea Dance (No 2)
Toss The Pancake
Jump The Gun
Reelin’ Over The Rooftops
The Mosstrooper Jig
The Mosstrooper March
The Mosstrooper Reel
Mad As A March Hare
Tune For A Mop Fair
The Hoppings
Maple Flames
The Exchange
The Exchange (Coda)
Pipped At The Post
The Jericho Waltz
Wheelin’ And Dealin’