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David Dagger Gordon - The Scottish Mandolin Tutor

By Mandolin Cafe
March 30, 2010 - 8:45 am

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David "Dagger" Gordon - The Scottish Mandolin Tutor

Isle of Skye, ScotlandThe Scottish Mandolin Tutor is a new publication by David "Dagger" Gordon available from Taigh na Teud Music Publishers.

Presented in standard notation and tablature, the book takes the musician through a popular collection of old and new Scottish tunes. The author provides playing tips, chord instructions and background information and advice on each selection.

Included is a CD with solo mandolin examples of each selection in the book. In addition, the publisher has provided free video downloads available on to demonstrate the techniques visually (linked below).

About the author

Dagger Gordon is an acknowledged master of Scottish music for mandolin and author of the popular recordings Highland Mandolin and The Frozen River. In addition to being one of the most in-demand instructors of Scottish music for mandolin, he performs regularly at major music festivals as well as making appearances on TV and radio.

Additional information:
Dagger Gordon interview


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Scott Tichenor
March 30, 2010 08:57 AM
I'd like to be the first to congratulate Dagger on his fine new publication The Scottish Mandolin Tutor. I've spent time listening to the CD that accompanies the book and read through a few of the tunes and the notes on each. Really well done and should provide a lot of good instruction and entertainment for those of you interested in Scottish Music. An outstanding publication all the way around.
Dagger Gordon
March 30, 2010 11:28 AM
I'm delighted to hear you like it Scott.

Thank you very much.


April 27, 2010 10:52 AM
Yes congratulations. Its a nich that has not been adequately addressed until now. I look forward to getting my copy.
April 27, 2010 11:28 AM
I have my copy; nicely done.

In addition to the musical content I really admire the graphic layout of the publication. The layout of this book and Simon Mayor's books really outshine most of my U.S. publications.

Back to musical content; these tunes are very accessible to beginners IMHO
Dagger Gordon
April 29, 2010 07:30 AM
Thanks a lot.

I'm pleased to say it has also been well received on Britain's main mandolin website

The graphics were done by the publisher's sister Ruth Johnston, and I must say I think she made a great job.


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