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A Guide to Octave Mandolin & Bouzouki by John McGann

By Scott Tichenor
September 23, 2003 - 5:57 pm

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Mel Bay has announced publication of A Guide to Octave Mandolin & Bouzouki, by John McGann. This is the third publication for Mel Bay by McGann this year.

Twenty tunes in styles from Irish to American, in a variety of tunings, melody and accompaniment, are presented in standard notation and tablature, with a stereo CD (left channel melody, right channel accompaniment). Left and right hand techniques and chord voicings are thoroughly discussed. For the first time, the Celtic style "woven texture" accompaniment unique to the instrument is fully notated. Unique to the book are melodic Irish ornamentation, blues, jazz, American fiddle tunes with variations and improvisations (all fully notated), and a chapter "Breaking Away From Block Chords" extending knowledge of the fingerboard. $24.95

McGann, a Boston area based musician is a former national mandolin and guitar champion and graduate of the Berklee School of Music. He now runs his own music transcription service performing custom work for the likes of Acoustic Disc and Homespun Tapes. He is also an active performer and instructor.

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