Read The Mandolin Picker's Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation by Jesper Rubner-Petersen Online


A new book on improvisation is now available for bluegrass mandolin players Based on the concept of learning by playing, this 200 page book covers a wide range of improvisation tools and how to implement them in your playing A large number of examples are presented in both tablature and standard notation, so that a theoretical background is not required The small amount of theory needed is simply presented and easily learned step by step A series of exercises designed to help the player develop improvisational skills are included in the book As an instruction tool, the book can easily be combined with the instructor s individual philosophy or by a student wishing to study alone The subject matter is varied in difficulty and can be used by both the beginner and advanced player as an instructional guide and reference book The major themes in the book are The pentatonic sound, scale and major chord based improvising with any Bluegrass Tune, Double stop improvisation, Minor chords and Keys, The blues sound, Melody oriented improvisation, How to use Monroe Style, Cross picking, Hot licks, how to simplify a lick, and Includes access to online audio that accompanies this book and features all examples....

Title : The Mandolin Picker's Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation
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Format Type : Printlength
Language : English
Publisher : Mel Bay Publications, Inc April 30, 2015
Number of Pages : 200 pages
File Size : 102675 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Mandolin Picker's Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation Reviews

  • David M. Perry
    2019-03-16 16:53

    This covers improvising bluegrass tunes on the mandolin. It mainly deals with the pentatonic scales and blue notes. Jesper adds lots of examples in notation and tablature to cover the various thechniques he uses. He also has downloads available (link inside the cover of the book) of him playing every item discussed. As you work through the book (it is almost 200 pages long) you begin to see how improvisation can work on the mandolin, and Jesper provides exercises to keep you motivated. This is an excellent book covering creating bluegrass on the fly. Most of the improv is based on working with a chord progression rather than any specific tunes, but later in the book he does delve into improvising specific common tunes. Great product well worth the price!

  • David A. Wasserman
    2019-02-22 13:54


  • Riva Brown
    2019-02-21 19:57

    Just what we wanted. Arrived early.

  • Aaron D
    2019-03-02 17:22

    The kindle version would not permit me to enlarge (or reduce) text size and was unreadable. Perhaps the notation makes kindle a poor format for music books? I guess I will have to kill some trees then.