Alright, so I've picked up the mandolin again after about eight years, looking to actually learn it this time. First time around was a lot of trying to run before I could walk.
This time, I thought I'd start of working on the basics (scales, arpeggios, double stops, etc), and round things out building my repertoire of fiddle tunes. Anyhow, I picked up my old copy of Jack Tottle's Bluegrass Mandolin book, and started running through some of the tunes he's got in there, and I realized that, while nice, a lot of the arrangements really don't seem to be "typical" versions of the songs (cf Soilder's Joy). Apart from that, I really like book, but I'd rather get the basics and learn the embellishments latter.
Any thoughts on this?