The Complete Mandolinist is the most comprehensive American mandolin method published in nearly a century.
Written by Marilynn Mair, internationally-acclaimed performer, recording artist, and teacher for over two decades, the insightfully written text and carefully selected exercises present a logical approach to mandolin technique that builds on the pioneering efforts of America’s mandolin teachers of the early 20th century– Pettine, Perry, Place, Odell, Seigel, Bickford, and others.
Exercises from American and European method books of the last two centuries and concert pieces by the great mandolin composers are combined here with Marilynn’s insightfully written text and beautifully-recorded 70-minute CD to create an exciting new mandolin method for the 21st century.
Starting with a foundation in basic technique and music reading, the book progresses in the course of its 224 pages through scales, arpeggios, tremolo, position work, shifting, rhythm studies, picking techniques, and duo-style, with carefully selected exercises and musical examples ranging from fiddle tunes and Brazilian choro to Vivaldi concertos and Beethoven sonatinas.
The method reflects the wealth of musical knowledge Marilynn has acquired over the course of her distinguished career, and she has compiled it here for you, to encourage the versatility and intelligent musicianship you will need to become a more complete mandolinist.