• Masters of the Mandolin: 130 of the Greatest Bluegrass and Newgrass Solos

    Masters of the Mandolin: 130 of the Greatest Bluegrass and Newgrass Solos

    Milwaukee, Wisc. — Hal Leonard publishers has announced the pending pubcation of Masters of the Mandolin: 130 of the Greatest Bluegrass and Newgrass Solos.

    This collection of 130 mandolin solos is an invaluable resource for fans of bluegrass music. Each song excerpt has been meticulously transcribed note-for-note in tab from its original recording so you can study and learn these masterful solos by some of the instrument's finest pickers.

    From the legendary Bill Monroe to more contemporary heroes like Sam Bush and Chris Thile, and even including some non-bluegrass greats like Dave Apollon and Jethro Burns, this book contains a wide variety of music and playing styles to enjoy.

    Tablature only, 192 pages

    Song Selection

    • After You've Gone - Jethro Burns
    • Alabama Jubilee - Jimmy Gaudreau
    • Another Night - Adam Steffey
    • Are You Missing Me - Jesse McReynolds
    • Back To The Cross - Doyle Lawson
    • Big Mon - Sam Bush
    • Bill Cheatham - Ricky Skaggs
    • Billy In The Low Ground - Chris Thile
    • Black Mountain Rag - Mike Compton
    • Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Bill Monroe
    • Blue Night - Ricky Skaggs
    • Broadway - Sam Bush
    • Bugle Call Rag - Ricky Skaggs
    • Caravan - David Grisman
    • Chalk Up Another One - Doyle Lawson
    • Cheyenne - Bill Monroe
    • Christmas Time's A Comin' - Bill Monroe
    • Crazy Creek - David Grisman
    • Dancin' With The Angels - Sam Bush
    • Daybreak In Dixie - Mark O'Connor
    • Diadem - Sam Bush
    • Doin' My Time - Ricky Skaggs
    • Egypt - Mike Marshall
    • Eighth Of January - David Grisman
    • El Cumbanchero - Jesse McReynolds
    • Evening Prayer Blues - Mike Compton
    • Fast Floyd - Mike Marshall
    • Fireball Mail - David McLaughlin
    • First Whippoorwill - Bill Monroe
    • Foster's Reel - Sam Bush
    • Funk 55 - Sam Bush
    • Gasology - Sam Bush
    • Georgia Cracker - Doyle Lawson
    • Get Down On Your Knees And Pray - Bill Monroe
    • Get Up John - Ricky Skaggs
    • Giant Steps - Mike Marshall
    • Ginseng Sullivan - Sam Bush
    • Gold Rush - Herschel Sizemore
    • Helen - Doyle Lawson
    • High On A Mountain Top - Ronnie McCoury
    • How High The Moon - Ricky Skaggs
    • Huckleberry Hornpipe - Sam Bush
    • I Believe In You Darling - Doyle Lawson
    • I Cried Again - Jesse McReynolds
    • I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - David Grisman
    • I'm Gonna Settle Down - Doyle Lawson
    • I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home - Doyle Lawson
    • I'm Working On A Building - Bill Monroe
    • In The Pines - Doyle Lawson
    • Itzbin Reel - John Reischman
    • The Jaybird Song - John Reischman
    • Julie's Reel - Sam Bush
    • Just When I Needed You - Doyle Lawson
    • Lady's Fancy - Sam Bush
    • The Land Of Enchantment - Tim O'Brien
    • Leather Britches - Sam Bush
    • Let The Light Shine Down On Me - Bill Monroe
    • Life's Too Short - Tim O'Brien
    • The Likes Of Me - Sam Bush
    • Little Bessie - John Duffey
    • Little Georgia Rose - Lou Reid
    • Little Maggie - Ricky Skaggs
    • Little Rock Getaway - Johnny Gimble
    • Little Sadie - Sam Bush
    • Living On The Mountain - Ronnie McCoury
    • Lonesome Road Blues - Ronnie McCoury
    • Long Journey Home - David McLaughlin
    • Love And Wealth - David Grisman
    • Macedonia - Mark O'Connor & Sam Bush
    • Mar West - Sam Bush
    • Memories Of Mother And Dad - Bill Monroe
    • Molly And Ten Brooks - Doyle Lawson
    • My Little Girl In Tennessee - Chris Thile
    • Nashville Skyline Rag - Ricky Skaggs
    • New Camptown Races - Jimmy Gaudreau
    • New River Ride - Doyle Lawson
    • Ocean Of Diamonds - Doyle Lawson
    • The Old Home Town - Doyle Lawson
    • Old Joe Clark - Frank Wakefield
    • Old Train - Sam Bush
    • On & On - Bill Monroe
    • One Tear - Doyle Lawson
    • One Way Track - Ricky Skaggs
    • Paddy On The Turnpike - Sam Bush
    • Pain In My Heart - Doyle Lawson
    • Pike County Breakdown - Bill Monroe
    • The Prisoner's Song - Roland White
    • Rabbit In The Log - Chris Thile
    • Raw Hide - Bill Monroe
    • Reach - Sam Bush
    • Rebecca - Herschel Sizemore
    • Red Wing - Bobby Clark
    • Ridin' That Midnight Train - Ricky Skaggs
    • River Of Death - Doyle Lawson
    • Roanoke - Bill Monroe
    • Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Chris Thile
    • Rose City Waltz - Roland White
    • Russian Rag - Dave Apollon
    • Sally Goodin - Ricky Skaggs
    • Salt Creek - Ricky Skaggs
    • Shenandoah Breakdown - Adam Steffey
    • Sleep With One Eye Open - Chris Thile
    • Song For Susan - Bobby Clark
    • Stoney Creek - Ricky Skaggs
    • Stumbling - Jethro Burns
    • Sugar Coated Love - Bill Monroe
    • Sweet Georgia Brown - David Grisman
    • Tennessee Blues - John Duffey
    • Texas Gales - Roland White
    • Theme Time - Jimmy Gaudreau
    • This Heart Of Mine - Sam Bush
    • The Tilt
    • Too Late To Cry - Sam Bush
    • Toy Heart - Doyle Lawson
    • Train 45 - Ricky Skaggs
    • Unwanted Love - David McLaughlin
    • Wake Up - Mike Marshall
    • We Can't Be Darlings Anymore - Doyle Lawson
    • Wheel Hoss - Bill Monroe
    • Whiskey Before Breakfast - Adam Steffey
    • Why Don't You Tell Me So
    • Wild Bill Jones - Brent Truitt
    • You Don't Know My Mind - Ricky Skaggs
    • You'll Find Her Name Written There - Bill Monroe
    • You're Drifting Away - Bill Monroe

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    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      FYI -

      Elderly told us they thought this would be available for delivery in 2-3 weeks.
    1. BrianWilliam's Avatar
      BrianWilliam -
      Cool!

      Hopefully the readability is better than mel bay's anthology of mandolin solos - some of these pages are disappointingly challenging to read.
    1. lonestar_shawn's Avatar
      lonestar_shawn -
      Is this an update of the David Peters book? The name is the same and many of the songs are the same.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Certainly appears to be the inspiration with an unusual number of overlaps. We're just the messenger, not the publisher. The ultimate proof will be in the transcriptions.

      99% sure Dave's book was never copyrighted so this would be legal fair game. I'm not a publisher of books but I'd think if it was the template there should at least be an acknowledgement but if it's there I'd be surprised. This would certainly not be the only case where this has happened. I know first-hand one of the best known mandolin books almost everyone would recognize and has at least heard that's been around for decades was not authored by the person whose name is on the cover. Plain case of hijacking.

      I'll let the author tell that story if they wish. Doubt they will.

      There were also a number of artists that were not happy about their solos appearing in Dave's book.
    1. lonestar_shawn's Avatar
      lonestar_shawn -
      That's exactly why I was wondering. The tune list looks strikingly similar and includes enough odd selections (such as "Funk 55") to make you wonder. I do own Dave's book but I know there were issues with it going in and out of print.
    1. mandobassman's Avatar
      mandobassman -
      I don't understand how they can get away with this. The song list is nearly identical to Dave Peters' book and even the book title is the same. What the heck!!!

      It would be one thing if there was some credit given to Peters' work on this, but nothing that I can see.
    1. mandobassman's Avatar
      mandobassman -
      Elderly sold Dave Peters’ version of this book. Hard to imagine them selling a book that was not copyrighted. Even if not, it’s a low blow by Elderly to Miss Sunnie, who put years of work into continuing the Masters of the Mandolin Foundation to keep his book published. I’m very disappointed in Elderly.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Quote Originally Posted by mandobassman View Post
      Elderly sold Dave Peters’ version of this book. Hard to imagine them selling a book that was not copyrighted. Even if not, it’s a low blow by Elderly to Miss Sunnie, who put years of work into continuing the Masters of the Mandolin Foundation to keep his book published. I’m very disappointed in Elderly.
      Sunnie has a standing agreement with Elderly and the book is sold by them with her permission. She is their supplier.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Case in point, posted by Sunnie in 2010 on this forum.
    1. sokolowmus's Avatar
      sokolowmus -
      Quote Originally Posted by lonestar_shawn View Post
      That's exactly why I was wondering. The tune list looks strikingly similar and includes enough odd selections (such as "Funk 55") to make you wonder. I do own Dave's book but I know there were issues with it going in and out of print.
      I'm the "author" of this book, though all I did was double-check David Peters' work and add some tunes by important mandolin players he left out (like Jesse McReynolds and Roland White). The publisher (Hal Leonard)who asked me to do this book also gave the composers and copyright holders of the tunes credit that was due, as David bootlegged the book and nobody got their due compensation.

      I did not know that someone was still selling it, and had no intention of ripping anyone off. If they are selling it, it's also a bootleg, as none of the composers or copyright holders are compensated.

      I insisted on starting the book with an intro giving Peters credit, here's how it starts:

      In the 1990s, an award-winning mandolin player, David Peters, published a book called
      Masters of the Mandolin, which contained transcriptions of his favorite mandolin solos
      by the premiere mandolinists of his time (and a few who were before his time). Most of
      the great bluegrass players were represented, as well as a few jazz and several newgrass artists. His transcriptions came from album recordings, both popular and obscure, but also from his own tapes of live performances.

      Then the intro explains the changes and improvements that were made. I wanted to dedicate the book to Peters, but the publisher nixed that. I hope that the book will be more widespread and be of use to more mandolin players, now that it's legal and is being handled by a major publisher. I was afraid somebody would be offended and think Peters or whoever is continuing to publish his book is getting ripped off, but that was far from my intention.
    1. sokolowmus's Avatar
      sokolowmus -
      "I'll let the author tell that story if they wish. Doubt they will.

      There were also a number of artists that were not happy about their solos appearing in Dave's book."

      I tell the story (in another post). BTW we took out the solos by artists who did not want to be in the book.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Quote Originally Posted by sokolowmus View Post
      "I'll let the author tell that story if they wish. Doubt they will.

      There were also a number of artists that were not happy about their solos appearing in Dave's book."

      I tell the story (in another post). BTW we took out the solos by artists who did not want to be in the book.
      Fred, thanks for weighing in. The quote "I'll let the author tell that story if they wish" I made is in reference to a different book, not this one. Has to do with a story from another era even, a book that was a draft was shared with another musician (both still active and performing) and years later authored under the borrower's name. Oops. Both those folks have posted on this forum in the past but don't think that story will get told.

      I'm glad to know the story of the book and thank you for weighing in. Dave was an acquaintance and the book was really a project that he ultimately used to help offset his Bohemian, musician's lifestyle. The fact it existed all these years was that it was sought after by serious musicians and was getting bootlegged one way or the other by demand, though likely a lot less in the past few years. Everything you say about the book in the posts above I agree is true.

      The book has never been consistently available so I think this is a suitable end to that problem. I suspect some may disagree but as someone that's been involved in this for a long time I think it's ultimately for the best in the long run.
    1. sokolowmus's Avatar
      sokolowmus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
      Fred, thanks for weighing in. The quote "I'll let the author tell that story if they wish" I made is in reference to a different book, not this one. Has to do with a story from another era even, a book that was a draft was shared with another musician (both still active and performing) and years later authored under the borrower's name. Oops. Both those folks have posted on this forum in the past but don't think that story will get told.

      I'm glad to know the story of the book and thank you for weighing in. Dave was an acquaintance and the book was really a project that he ultimately used to help offset his Bohemian, musician's lifestyle. The fact it existed all these years was that it was sought after by serious musicians and was getting bootlegged one way or the other by demand, though likely a lot less in the past few years. Everything you say about the book in the posts above I agree is true.

      The book has never been consistently available so I think this is a suitable end to that problem. I suspect some may disagree but as someone that's been involved in this for a long time I think it's ultimately for the best in the long run.
      Thanks! The last thing I want to do is alienate the mandolin community...I'm hoping this is a positive thing for people who liked th original book.
    1. AlanN's Avatar
      AlanN -
      I'm hoping this is a positive thing for people who liked th original book.

      I'm sure it will be. Thanks for doing this.
    1. miss sunnie's Avatar
      miss sunnie -
      Thanks, Mandolin Café, for bringing this to my attention. I am surprised by this project, but there's really nothing much to say at this point. Thank you, Fred, for mentioning Dave in your introduction to the book. It will lose the handwriting of Dave Peters, yet it will be consistently published now and that is a plus and it is a more affordable price which I could not accomplish in small batch publishing and comb binding. Thank you to the mandolin community for supporting this book for many years. Sincerely, Miss sunnie Valentine
    1. sokolowmus's Avatar
      sokolowmus -
      Quote Originally Posted by miss sunnie View Post
      Thanks, Mandolin Café, for bringing this to my attention. I am surprised by this project, but there's really nothing much to say at this point. Thank you, Fred, for mentioning Dave in your introduction to the book. It will lose the handwriting of Dave Peters, yet it will be consistently published now and that is a plus and it is a more affordable price which I could not accomplish in small batch publishing and comb binding. Thank you to the mandolin community for supporting this book for many years. Sincerely, Miss sunnie Valentine
      Sunnie, thank you, that's very gracious of you! And thank you for keeping the book alive all these years!

      Fred Sokolow
    1. KEB's Avatar
      KEB -
      Extremely classy response Ms. Sunnie.

      I tried to order this from Elderly a year or so ago when rumor had it that it was coming back into print, and after about 3-6 months of waiting they canceled my backorder.

      If the goal is to honor Dave through sharing the music, you've done an admirable job over the years and you're doing a great job by responding to something that could feel very personal with class and tact.

      I don't know how to respond to a company like Hal Leonard taking over a work like this, without contacting Ms. Sunnie. But if the artists are getting paid, the original creator is being recognized, I'm less concerned.
    1. miss sunnie's Avatar
      miss sunnie -
      Thank you for your kind words, KEB. I agree that if "the artists are getting paid, the original creator is being recognized, I'm less concerned". I am just glad that many years ago I was able to do what I could to keep this project from extinction and carry it for as long as I did. I did the best I could with the resources that I had. The last 20 months have been difficult as I lost both my parents within 27 days of each other, and this book was not as much my priority as it should have been. I did recently submit a print order that I have now been able to cancel. Thank you, again. Sincerely, sunnie
    1. Macabre's Avatar
      Macabre -
      So bummed it's tablature only =/
    1. miss sunnie's Avatar
      miss sunnie -
      Quote Originally Posted by sokolowmus View Post
      Sunnie, thank you, that's very gracious of you! And thank you for keeping the book alive all these years!

      Fred Sokolow
      You are welcome. I appreciate your dedication to Dave's work and the original book, thank you. Sincerely, miss sunnie