Joe Carr - School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Classics

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July 29, 2011 - 7:45 am

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Joe Carr - School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Classics

Joe Carr - School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Classics

Pacific, Mo. — Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has announced an addition to their popular School of Mandolin series with author Joe Carr presenting special arrangements of 29 classic bluegrass instrumentals.

The basic melody is presented using quarter notes and a maximum of four consecutive eighth notes resulting in very playable and true arrangements for beginning to intermediate players.

"Bluegrass Classics is a book I wrote to help my students who have trouble sustaining long phrases of eighth notes. These arrangements retain the basic melody while being easier to play," said Carr.

Song titles:
Angeline the Baker
Banjo Breakdown
Big Sciota
Bill Cheatum
Blackberry Blossom
Cuckoo's Nest
Cumberland Gap
Devil's Dream
Durang's Hornpipe
Fisher's Hornpipe
Forked Deer
Gold Rush
June Apple
Leather Britches
Lonesome Road Blues
Lost Indian
Mississippi Sawyer
Over the Waterfall
Red Haired Boy
Sail Away Ladies
Saint Anne's Reel
Sally Ann
Sally Goodin
Sally Johnson
Salt Creek
Temperance Reel
Whiskey Before Breakfast

Additional information:
Music: Standard notation and tablature for mandolin
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Page count: 32
Binding: Saddlestitch
Size: 8.75" x 11.75"
Purchase: From


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Dave Weiss
August 07, 2011 12:56 AM
Got my copy today. I've got all of the "School of Mandolin" books by Joe Carr and enjoy and use them often, but I'm a little disappointed with this one. It's advertised as a beginner/intermediate book, but I found the pieces to be over simplified and should possibly be listed as a beginner's beginner book.
May 29, 2013 10:40 AM
On the other hand I ordered this for a friend who does struggle with pick direction, so in this sense it is a valuable resource.