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The Shuffle of the Pick - 12 Old-Time Fiddle Tunes

By Mandolin Cafe
August 18, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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The Shuffle of the Pick - 12 Old-Time Fiddle Tunes for the Intermediate and Advanced Mandolin Player

The Shuffle of the Pick - 12 Old-Time Fiddle Tunes for the Intermediate and Advanced Mandolin Player

Adam Tanner has announced the self-publication of a new collection on Apple Books entitled The Shuffle of the Pick, 12 Appalachian fiddle tunes arranged for intermediate and advanced mandolin players.

The book is available as a download with iBooks on your Mac or other iOS device.

This book takes full advantage of the ebook format by presenting rich content including sound files, standard notation and tablature along with original artwork, photos and valuable commentary.

The collection also provides links to online sources containing information about the legendary fiddlers whose music is featured. As a fiddle and mandolin player, Adam provides unique insights into old time fiddle techniques and how they can be transferred to the mandolin.

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The Mandolin Cafe asked for clarification about the "12 Tunes" title when 11 tracks were listed. The author told us: "Two of the 'tunes' are medleys; one is a two-tune medley the other is a three-tune medley."

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Scott Tichenor
August 18, 2015 03:10 PM
I see a lot of publications come across the Cafe's desk. I'm really, really impressed with this one. The PDF download is full of the rich kind of written and visual content you really dig as a mandolin player. Very, very nicely done.
Chris W.
August 18, 2015 06:12 PM
I took Adam's old time mandolin class at Swannanoa a couple of weeks ago and it was superb. We learned a new tune every day, all of them from this book. He has a keen understanding of this music and is a great teacher as well. He showed us things we could use on tunes we already knew to make them sound full and rich when playing unaccompanied or as a duo. Very cool stuff!
Wilbur James
August 18, 2015 08:58 PM
I have had the priveledge of listening to Adam play, and learning some old time repertoire under his guidance, I have learned a lot and am looking forward to this book, if you like Appalacian and old time fiddle tunes and want to learn them, this is a great path to follow. Adam keeps the music real and won't allow it to fade away.
Jammer61
August 18, 2015 10:17 PM
This is a fantastic release! Not only is the multimedia integration of the ebook format great, but the arrangements sound excellent! I wish I could stay home from work for the rest of the week/month/summer to work on the tunes! (But then, how would I afford another Mandolin?)
DroneAlone
August 19, 2015 04:09 AM
I wouldn't hesitate a second to buy this collection in printed + CD form or as a PDF/MP3 download, but I don't own a Mac or IPhone/Ipad, so I have no access to this collection. There a many open and standardized formats that are accessible for pretty much anyone out there, so why limit your audience to apple users only, especially in a niche like old-time mandolin? Of course, Adam Tanner is free to choose whichever format he pleases, but if I would publish a book and/or music I would like it to be accessible to as many people as possible (and, of course, sell it to as many people as possible). Or did I miss something and Apple is the de facto standard in the Old-Time community?

Peter
wildpikr
August 19, 2015 07:18 AM
Quote from DroneAlone: I wouldn't hesitate a second to buy this collection in printed + CD form or as a PDF/MP3 download, but I don't own a Mac or IPhone/Ipad, so I have no access to this collection. There a many open and standardized formats that are accessible for pretty much anyone out there, so why limit your audience to apple users only, especially in a niche like old-time mandolin? Of course, Adam Tanner is free to choose whichever format he pleases, but if I would publish a book and/or music I would like it to be accessible to as many people as possible (and, of course, sell it to as many people as possible). Or did I miss something and Apple is the de facto standard in the Old-Time community?

Peter End Quote

Ich stimme ihm zu...I agree with him. If a PC friendly version were available I'd go for it.
DroneAlone
August 19, 2015 08:29 AM
Does anybody know whether the text and audio can be exported/extracted from Apple's iBook format to other formats? So I could use someone else's Mac and get the contents in a non-Mac specific form.

Thanks.

Peter
Gary Leonard
August 19, 2015 11:54 AM
from Adam Tanner's Facebook page:

"Second;those non Apple users interested in purchasing the book may convert it from its native EPub to just about any format using a free software program called http://calibre-ebook.com
Here is a tutorial on how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCLI7-5h6gw&feature=youtu.be
Thanks"

You will still have to purchase it somehow (mac/iTunes) and move it to your non-apple system.

Hope this helps!

Gary
DroneAlone
August 19, 2015 01:12 PM
Quote from Gary Leonard: from Adam Tanner's Facebook page:

[...]
End Quote

Thank you!

I've been looking on his homepage but didn't find anything...

Epub... facebook... what the heck! I'm an Old-Timer ;-)

Peter
Gary Leonard
August 19, 2015 01:48 PM
Quote from DroneAlone: Thank you!

I've been looking on his homepage but didn't find anything...

Epub... facebook... what the heck! I'm an Old-Timer ;-)

Peter End Quote

No problem! I had to hunt for the information, it wasn't anything I had at hand. I mainly looked for Adam Tanner's website as an exercise in seeing if Apple was really dumb enough to pin authors to their platform by offering a closed ebook format, or a restrictive publishing agreement.
scapier
August 19, 2015 03:59 PM
Not available in Canadian iTunes, alas. Would be interested in this book.
Adam Tanner
August 19, 2015 09:27 PM
Quote from scapier: Not available in Canadian iTunes, alas. Would be interested in this book. End Quote

Hi folks just signed on to the Cafe,I have been an avid reader for years but have not had much time for posting.
I am very excited that a few mandolin players are interested in Shuffle of The Pick and I hope to be able to answer some questions some of you might have.
First off I have had several folks from Canada and Australia wanting to purchase the book and finding that it is unavailable.
In filling out the information while taking the required steps toward publishing,I selected an option giving me world wide publication for iBooks.
I recieved several errors and reached an impasse.An Apple representative informed me that chooing "worldwide" was creating the problem and making it impossible to continue,he then reassured me that selecting another option besides "worldwide" would place the book everywhere Apple is selling ebooks....needless to say I will be on the horn to Apple ASAP and straighten it out.
In the meantime I will be selling the book starting September 1st off of my homepage at adamtannermusic.com check there soon.
There are several Kindle,Android,Windows users interested in purchasing the book and disappointed that it is not also available in other formats.
Each format it different and it is actually a pretty time consuming effort to reformat the book for all options on the market...that said my designer and I are working our way through learning the version of Quark Express to make it available to more folks.
In the meantime my research lead me to this free App for converting any ebook from one format to another http://calibre-ebook.com
Here is a tutorial on how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCLI7-5h6gw&feature=youtu.be
Thanks for your support!
Adam Tanner
August 28, 2015 12:34 PM
Hello Everybody in Mandolin Cafe land!
I wanted to give folks in Europe,Canada,Australia a heads up that Apple will have "The Shuffle of the Pick"up for sale staring tomorrow
In 51 countries around the world!
Still working on a Windows version,I will keep you posted!
Perry
August 28, 2015 12:51 PM
I've always enjoyed Adam's mandolin playing and choice of material.

Seems like a great book....I have iTunes and I appreciate the fact that it is easier to go that route. However I cherish the moments when I don't have to be tethered to an electronic device.

Is it possible to self publish the book in paper format? Is that the Quark situation Adam is referring to? Then post MP3's to a website?
Adam Tanner
August 28, 2015 04:09 PM
Hi Perry
If I sent you a PDF of the book and the sound files via Dropbox would that be worth $14.99.to you?
Perry
August 29, 2015 11:33 AM
Quote from Adam Tanner: Hi Perry
If I sent you a PDF of the book and the sound files via Dropbox would that be worth $14.99.to you? End Quote

Hi Adam

Yes that would be great...Do you accept PayPal?
Adam Tanner
August 29, 2015 03:33 PM
Quote from Perry: Hi Adam

Yes that would be great...Do you accept PayPal? End Quote

Thanks Perry
I prefer a personal check made out to Adam Tanner if that's Ok.
350 Sheppard Branch Rd Weaverville NC 28787
As soon as I receive it I will send you a Dropbox link to both sound files and PDF of the book.
I hope you enjoy it!
BradKlein
August 29, 2015 11:31 PM
Just downloaded yesterday. Looks great!
Perry
October 26, 2015 08:50 AM
I purchased this. Very well done! Besides the excellent transcriptions there is a load of written info (including pictures) on equipment, technique and even some history behind the tunes. If you are like me much of your playing time is done by yourself without accompaniment. This book is geared towards solo playing and making the mandolin sound as a big as possible through the use of double stops, drones and right hand technique. The accompanying audio tracks of Adam playing the tunes is a high quality recording and a joy to listen to in and of itself. I made myself a CD to listen to while driving around. If you are a fan of Mike Compton's old-time solo sound you will love this material.
Adam Tanner
February 09, 2016 10:54 AM
Great News to share with everybody in Mandolin Cafe land...
my old time mandolin book is now available on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BFZYM20/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_hjHUwb0R7RXDW
It took awhile but now you do not need to be an Apple user to own it!
all the best!
DroneAlone
February 09, 2016 01:25 PM
Thanks, Adam! I really appreciate the effort you've put into this...

...I've just bought it... looks like another great resource for Old Time Mandolin...

Peter
Adam Tanner
February 09, 2016 01:44 PM
Great Peter!
Glad you will be able to enjoy the book!
love to know your thoughts on Amazon?��...
All the best!
Don Grieser
February 09, 2016 04:04 PM
Hey Adam, I grabbed the iBook preview to check it out. It has the medley of three tunes. When I turn the page to go to the next tune, the audio stops, and when I push play, it starts on the first tune again. Doesn't seem to be a way to fast forward the audio to the tune on the second page. Anyway to slow down the audio? Thanks.
Adam Tanner
February 09, 2016 05:14 PM
Quote from Don Grieser: Hey Adam, I grabbed the iBook preview to check it out. It has the medley of three tunes. When I turn the page to go to the next tune, the audio stops, and when I push play, it starts on the first tune again. Doesn't seem to be a way to fast forward the audio to the tune on the second page. Anyway to slow down the audio? Thanks. End Quote

Thanks Don
Send me your email
adamtannerme@icloud.com
I will send a link to Dropbox with Mp3's of all the tunes.
You can drop them into your favorite transcription App.
The medley's are played continuously but once you have it in audacity or whatever you should be able to dissect the details.
Don Grieser
February 09, 2016 05:29 PM
Thanks, Adam.
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