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Just noticed Elderly has John's new DVD's on their site available early November. #Just wondering if John could chime in with a more thorough explanation of the contents. #As a relative newcomer to mandolin, I've found "Developing Melodic Variations On Fiddle Tunes" the most helpful book around and eagerly await his latest material.
They look interesting, and his site gives no info, but he seems inclined to post at least notice when his products become available, maybe he'll answer your plea.
Actually, I remember he posted in response to a question I think about rhythm that these would be coming, why not do a search for his posts, it would have been probably about a month ago.
Here is the cover for the Rhythm Mando DVD...the other one will be "Sound Fundamentals":
John McGann’s Rhythm Mandolin
From Bluegrass to Celtic to Swing
For all levels
Strong and appropriate rhythm playing is at the core of making good music and 90% of what you do when you play with other musicians. This DVD will introduce you to the broad range of grooves and approaches available to Mandolin players in Bluegrass, Old time, Celtic, Swing and Jazz music.
- Exploration of the fiddle tune “Forked Deer” in Bluegrass, Celtic, and Swing styles
- Working with the metronome & playing with recordings
- Tone production and dynamics
- Bluegrass Rhythm Styles: the Chop and its variants; making it speak
- Old-Time feel with open drone strings.
- Partial chords.
- The "continuum" right hand in progressive bluegrass
- Celtic Rhythm Styles
- The flow/brush/texture
- Alternate vs. crosspicking
- More partial chords and drones
- Playing jigs & reels
- Swing Rhythm Styles
- Texas “Sock” Style
- Extending the chord progression with 7th voicings
- Blues In C Extending the I IV V basics
- Includes printable .PDF file in tablature & standard notation for all musical examples!
John McGann’s Sound Fundamentals -
Tone, Touch and Technique for Mandolin
Musicianship comes down to the three “T’s”: Tone, touch and timing. John McGann teaches you to evaluate and understand all aspects of producing good tone on the mandolin and executing your ideas with authority..
For all levels
- Getting comfortable: tone guards, straps, etc
- Right Hand: how to choose the right pick
- How to hold the pick
- Open string exercises
- Downstrokes vs alternate picking
- Crosspicking and tremolo
- Importance of the loose wrist
- Left Hand fingering
- The “duck web” and Parallel thumb
- Synchronizing both hands & unlocking the fingerboard
- Tone, Touch & Timing
Includes printable .PDF file in tablature & standard notation for all musical examples!
When? We are finishing final edits and the .pdf files of the music in the next few weeks, then duplication and distribution- so MAYBE around Dec 1... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
I'm looking forward to it. Lots of folks asked for a DVD on mandolin rhythm techniques and John responded.
Yeah, after playing for 31 years, I'm thinking about ordering this.
Definitely both are going on my Santa list this year #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif
Looks good John. #Maybe if I get a hat like yours I won't need the DVDs #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif
Thanks for the info John. Looks like I have something to put on the Christmas list.
Looks good John. Maybe if I get a hat like yours I won't need the DVDs http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif
Hey, now there's a thought; oh, but wait, I've had a
beard longer than I've played Mando, & I still don't sound like Grisman (though I may sound like a sick Dawg ).