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The Mandolin Song Book by Brad Laird

By Mandolin Cafe
March 15, 2012 - 8:15 am

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The Mandolin Song Book by Brad Laird

The Mandolin Song Book by Brad Laird

The Mandolin Song Book by Brad Laird is a new book and audio CD of tabs and jam tracks for 27 great mandolin songs. The song list covers a variety of styles including Bluegrass, Old-Time Fiddle tunes, plus Celtic and American folk songs.

Each song teaches a mandolin arrangement written in tablature and standard notation. There are 32 different breaks covering 27 songs. On the Audio CD, the tunes are played slowly and then at a medium tempo with rhythm guitar.

This is a great next step for anyone who has worked through Brad's Mandolin Basics DVD. The Mandolin Song Book also includes eight interesting mandolin articles and two pages of mandolin chord charts.

Selections in the book include: Amazing Grace, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Caledonian Laddie, Dixie, Dusty Miller, Fisher's Hornpipe, Forked Deer, Greensleeves, Greensleeves Jig, Jenny Lynn, Laird's March (Duet), Liberty, Man of Constant Sorrow (from Oh Brother Where Art Thou?), Mississippi Sawyer (two versions), Nine Pound Hammer (two keys), Old Joe Clark (two versions), Over the Waterfall, Pig in the Pen, Pigeon Hill, Rickett's Hornpipe, Shady Grove (Minor version), Shady Grove (Major version), Silver Dollar Hornpipe, Sittin' On Top of the World (two keys), Takin' The Shortcut Home, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?, and When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

Sample tracks are available on their book's web site. Retails for $14.95 and is also available as a download.

Additional information:
Songbook home page
Songbook as download


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Karl Keating
March 24, 2012 04:44 PM
This book--like Laird's other instructional materials (particularly his videos)--is very good, but the book isn't "new." It was published in 2010.

If this is a revised edition, it isn't evident from the image of the cover, which looks identical to the original.
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