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I've been looking around for something "expand" my very limited horizons to date. #A lot of my friends play the blues on the guitar and I would like to join in with them, but I'm still a newbie (less than 6 months playin' so far) and need guidance/instruction to do this. #I haven't been able to find any books on this to date.
Any help here would be much appreciated.
I love the mandosmiley guy... #If I could only get that to post on my work email...
Homespun has a pretty good DVD by Steve James. It's called "Learn to Play Blues Mandolin."
My blues guitar buddies insisted that I play even when I really didn't know how and I picked up a lot just leaning over my mando and picking quietly until I found something that worked. I also have and recommend the DVD referenced above. And I have Budd Orr's Mandolin Anthology from Mel Bay that has a short section on rock and blues with movable scales and chords (plus lots of other genres; I really like that book).
An expert on Blues mandolin is Rich Del Grasso. He writes a regular column on the topic in Mandolin Magazine and is planning to do a book on blues mandolin. His instruction book on mandolin in general is a basic one, but quite good. Published by Hal Leonard.
On the workshop front re: blues mando....
"BLUES & BLUEGRASS" Mandolin
August 5-7, 2005
Round Hill Arts Center (http://www.roundhillarts.org/adult%20classes%201.htm), Round Hill, VA
RHYTHM MANDOLIN BOOT CAMP
October 23-26, 2005
Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center (http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/holiday/mandolinbuilding.html), Appomattox, VA
And in keeping with the theme of self-promotion, you could buy my performance DVD "Hootenanny!," which is primarily a blues DVD with some old-time country sprinkled in there. Good for getting ideas and watching it played in context.
You can PM me to buy it or go to: Hootenanny DVD at G. Bonham's site (http://gordonbonham.net) and look in the Store section of the site.
Thanks for this 30 second infomercial.
Free online blues mandolin lessons (http://www.blues-mandolin.com/lessons/list.html?inst=mnd)
Mike Perry's chord progression info - includes a *VERY GOOD* blues chapter (http://www.mikeperryweb.com/chords/index2.html)
Weenie Campbell - old acoustic blues info and check out the juke box (http://weeniecampbell.com/mambo/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1)
Also, if you go out to AllTabs search page (http://www.alltabs.com/search.php) and select mandolin as the instrument and blues as the category you will get a bunch of tabs to learn from.
Thanks, guys. I lost this post about 3 days ago and just finally found it. I think they moved it on me. Oh, well. Appreciate the info and will keep postin'.
I wanted to add a link to this post abot a music theory book (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST&f=25&t=26442) as a resource also. It has a play along CD and while it isn't strictly blues, it does have a lot of blues in it.
I enjoyed the Steve James video too. It's worthwhile - check it out.
You should give a listen to the studio version of "Love In Vein" by the Stones. It's a perfect example Ry Cooder's blues mando. Don't let the key throw you; I think its recorded in Bb but you can move it.
Cool. Thanks folks for the help here. I actually bought the Blues DVD and the "learn by ear" CD's from andy in here and the blues DVD is sweet. I'm gonna have a bunch of fun playing the blues on this thing. Amazed at how cool it is to start putting a good blues rift together... Of course, I still gotta keep working on Salt Creek, but it's all in the journey, right?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif??
any word on the new rich d. book?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif