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    Default ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the mandolin (got my first mandolin just in July) and am trying hard to learn on my own. I am very interested in playing Neapolitan music (my family comes from just outsdie Naples, and I have a strong desire to play my favourite songs).

    The problem is I cannot read music (ie. standard notation), and require tabs to learn. While it would be great to learn how to read music, I'm not sure how far I'd get on my own and can't afford a music teacher.

    I've found a couple of tabs so far (O sole mio being a great one I've found), but by and large I've had little luck.

    I did however come across ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender, which is both in tab and standard notation, and as far as I can tell has many of my childhood favourites.

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    I'd be very grateful.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    Out of stock or out of print does not mean out of copyright.

    Perhaps try
    http://www.amazon.com/Northern-Itali.../dp/0786682647
    Or
    http://www.amazon.com/presents-Tradi..._bxgy_14_img_y
    Or
    http://www.melbay.com/Products/22176...-mandolin.aspx

    Should be loads to get going with there for now.
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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    If you are just starting out now is the time to learn to read standard notation. I understand the lure of Tab, but it isn't very difficult. Just don't try to do too much too fast and you'll get along fine.
    But if you don't want to go that route, which I completely understand, here are some Italian folk tunes

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    I for my part like the book by Terence Pender better than the one by John Barbera. The tunes are better known, and I like the fact, that there is a written out guitar accompaniment included, not just chord symbols. Here are two tunes I recorded using the sheet music in the book.
    Maybe you'll find the book used, I highly recommend it for the non-virtuoso.(like me)

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    Anyone know where one might find this book?
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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    Quote Originally Posted by JesseIzzo View Post
    Hi guys,
    ......(got my first mandolin just in July) and am trying hard to learn on my own. I am very interested in playing Neapolitan music (my family comes from just outsdie Naples, .....
    The problem is I cannot read music (ie. standard notation), and require tabs to learn..
    Quote Originally Posted by tkdboyd View Post
    If you are just starting out now is the time to learn to read standard notation..s
    Hi JesseIzzo and welcome to the forum and to playing mandolin.

    I'm one of the guys here that does play a lot of Italian music, my family is from Sicily, Genoa and Sardinia - mostly Sicilian.

    Honestly, to access the popular Italian tunes - and the lesser know gems of the Ballo Liscio music and the "classical" Italian mandolin schools - you need to read music.

    No sugar coating it, only a fraction of the vast repertoire is in TAB. What is written down is in notation, and you can find all sorts of public domain mandolin music and method books on line in staff notation.

    Also, there is a thread about Italian mandolin (and calrinet, etc.) music that has links to a lot of music...again no TAB.

    Best of luck!

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    What David said. SN isn't so difficult to learn, especially with all the resources out there today.

    Here are a couple of books that explain reading standard notation on mandolin:
    Hal Leonard Mandolin Method by Rich del Grosso
    Mel Bay's Complete Mandolin Method

    Enjoy!
    Exploring Classical Mandolin (Berklee Press, 2015)
    Progressive Melodies for Mandocello (Amazon, 2019)
    New Solos for Classical Mandolin (Hal Leonard Press, 2020)

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    And then you can read and work out of Mr. Watters' fine book on Classical mandolin!

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    Further encouragement to read standard notation. You can do it.

    Instead of taking on reading standard notation, narrow your task to learning to read one tune that you already know. That tune and the fun of the progress you make on it will carry you through, and the lessons learned will make the next tune you work on much easier.

    Climb the ladder of standard notation one tune at a time.
    Having something to say is highly over rated.

    The entire staff
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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    JEff has a good idea. Plus, you want to learn to read music to learn tunes, period. Sight reading can come later!

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    Default Re: ITALIAN MANDOLIN VOL. 1 by Terry Pender

    One bite at a time threatens even the elephants.
    Having something to say is highly over rated.

    The entire staff
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