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    Hi Everyone, Sorry, late to the discussion, but I just discovered the forum. I did the "Beatles for Solo Mandolin" arrangements and yes, they are chord/melody style arrangements. I had done the "Beatles for Jazz Guitar" book as well as a large number of note-for-note Beatles transcriptions for Hal Leonard and they asked me to do the Mandolin book. Hal Leonard sent the song list to me as well as a few books to model the arrangements after. I couldn't make them too advanced, but not too simple either, it's tricky to get right. And I agree, the "look inside" feature is the best, wish the sites would use it more.

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    I'd just like to say that this book is great. I buy many books that get opened only occasionally but I use this one on a daily basis. I've been looking for chord melody arrangements for GDAE-tuned tenor banjo and octave mandolin for years and this is perfect, despite being labelled for mandolin. I find the arrangements challenging but rewarding. It takes me weeks to get certain tunes under my belt but I'm learning a lot on the way.
    Top marks to the author!

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    Hi Everyone, Sorry, late to the discussion, but I just discovered the forum. I did the "Beatles for Solo Mandolin" arrangements and yes, they are chord/melody style arrangements. I had done the "Beatles for Jazz Guitar" book as well as a large number of note-for-note Beatles transcriptions for Hal Leonard and they asked me to do the Mandolin book. Hal Leonard sent the song list to me as well as a few books to model the arrangements after. I couldn't make them too advanced, but not too simple either, it's tricky to get right. And I agree, the "look inside" feature is the best, wish the sites would use it more.
    A big thanks to Tommcgtx for the review on page one this thread, and to Bill LaFleur for taking time to register and comment.
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    This version is gorgeous!!!!!
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    Hey Marc, just beautiful stuff - fantastic to listen and inspiring as a fellow player to hear and hope to emulate. If you have any more keep them coming.

    I've ordered the book and look forwatd to giving it a try. I was initially put off by the one and only review it has on Amazon which is utterly damning. If you've found it to be a good product it might help the author if you leave him a positive comment to overcome what I'm sure will put other people off as it did me.
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    If my dive into choro ends, I will pick this book back up and continue work on Blackbird. I really like what I see here, and look forward to tackling the songs when I do not have so much on my mandolin plate!

    And I had to laugh at that review, "..most of which aren't compatible with the mandolin..." lol!
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    Here's my Here Comes the Sun - I'd be curious to see some another take on this. I have Yesterday and Something as well.
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    Tim, thanks for sharing the sheet music, very generous. I visited your site to see how I might find others, and noticed that you had included an mp3 of this version in a blog post. Great resource. Sending PM.
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    Had a go at Nowhwere Man - inspired by this new book. Rosie and Jim like it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjeayuJF__Y

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    I received my copy the day before yesterday, and this evening found the time to leaf through the book. I had the sudden inspiration to try one of the arrangements on my tenor banjo tuned CGDA, but not wanting to disturb the silent night, I opted for my tenor Tele played over headphones. "Eight Days a Week" seems to work. https://soundcloud.com/tele1310/eight-days-a-week-1
    Can't wait until the Holidays are over and I can get out my tenor Banjo and start practicing this nice arrangement seriously, especially the tremolo parts.
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    Nice job guys!
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    Today, with all those new year's firecrackers exploding prematurely, I dared to bother my neighbors with my tenor banjo. I added some ukulele as a back-up.

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    Finally got a copy of this and took a few minutes last night exploring a few of the arrangements. They're just great. Kudos Bill LaFleur!
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    Here's my version of the song for a lady who turned 50 last December, slightly simplified and sans tremolo

    on my tenor banjo

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    Enjoyed both of yours here on banjo and uke; also the other vids posted in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markscarts View Post
    Finally got a copy of this and took a few minutes last night exploring a few of the arrangements. They're just great. Kudos Bill LaFleur!
    Couldn't agree more. I bought this book just after it came out and am still finding it fantastic. There's a real shortage of intermediate-level chord melody arrangements out there and I hope Bill LaFleur will consider writing more.

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    Just ordered it. Y'all have me convinced....

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    I have this book. It is excellent. Especially Blackbird and Michelle. I am presently looking for other Mando chord books he has put together. No luck so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaf View Post
    Hi Everyone, Sorry, late to the discussion, but I just discovered the forum. I did the "Beatles for Solo Mandolin" arrangements and yes, they are chord/melody style arrangements. I had done the "Beatles for Jazz Guitar" book as well as a large number of note-for-note Beatles transcriptions for Hal Leonard and they asked me to do the Mandolin book. Hal Leonard sent the song list to me as well as a few books to model the arrangements after. I couldn't make them too advanced, but not too simple either, it's tricky to get right. And I agree, the "look inside" feature is the best, wish the sites would use it more.

    We want more! Have you done any similar mandolin chord stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dweinsh289 View Post
    We want more! Have you done any similar mandolin chord stuff?
    Thanks to all for the kind feedback! I haven't done any other chord/melody mandolin books, although I'd like to. Been working on a Mandolin Fake Book for a while now, over 300 tunes - but they are basic fake book style melody with standard chords. Also, talk of a Bill Monroe play-along book in the works.

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    Enjoying the Beatles book, I'd love to see some more chord melody/jazz books from you!

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    This book comes in a Kindle version. Amazon lets you download a sample of their Kindle books before you buy. I just downloaded the free sample of the Beatles book. In addition to the table of contents it contains the full score for the first 5 songs in the book. The Kindle reader is also a free download so you can read it on a phone or notebook. I have mine on an iPad. Very nice!
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    I have been hunting for a book like this for the Mandolin.

    Thanks guys, much appreciated. I get my copy this Thursday and CAN'T WAIT.
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