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Joe Carr - School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Soloing

By Mandolin Cafe
March 20, 2012 - 8:30 pm

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Joe Carr - School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Soloing

Joe Carr - School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Soloing

Pacific, Mo. — Joe Carr has added another publication to Mel Bay's popular "School Of" series with School of Mandolin: Bluegrass Soloing book/CD Set, also available as an eBook.

In the book Carr explains how to develop unique solos to any bluegrass tune or song. Using a combination of soloing source materials, including melody, scales, patterns and common licks, this work shows how to develop pleasing solos using the melody as a guide or only following the chord progression.

"This book is designed for the developing soloist who needs some guidance about how to develop satisfying solos to bluegrass songs. I cover several soloing tools such as licks, arpeggios, scales and 'note lengthening.' Often in vocal tunes, notes are held for a measure or more. Since mandolins have very short notes, we can use numerous licks that will extend a note for a measure or more," said author Joe Carr.

Music set in standard notation and tablature.

Song titles used in this publication include:

Boil Them Cabbage Down
Dark Hollow
East Virginia Blues
Get Along Home Cindy
Handsome Molly
I Am a Pilgrim
Worried Man Blues

Additional information:
36 pages
Binding: Saddlestitch
Size: 8.75 x 11.75"
Purchase: From
Purchase: From Mel Bay Publications


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Mike Bunting
March 20, 2012 07:07 PM
I try to order it, it is not an eBook, at least yet.
March 21, 2012 02:48 AM
One of life's great mysteries... why do so many beginner books feel they have to include "Bile Them Cabbage Down"?

It would be nice to see a few less over-exposed tunes used occasionally.
Joe Carr
March 22, 2012 07:33 AM
Mel Bay wants to contact you about your ordering difficulty. What contact info can I give them? Joe
Mike Bunting
March 22, 2012 12:54 PM
Quote from Joe Carr: Mel Bay wants to contact you about your ordering difficulty. What contact info can I give them? Joe End Quote

They have contacted me. Thanks.
April 26, 2012 11:44 AM
I've come to the conclusion that the usefulness of a particular piece of instructional material really depends on where you are in your mandolin-playing journey and what you're looking for at the time.

If you're struggling with bridging that advanced beginner gap between hearing a simple vocal melody and working out an embellished instrumental break that matches up to that melody, then this latest book in Joe's School of Mandolin series is a great help. Beware, however, that like all really fine teaching material, this book has absolutely no entertainment value!

One suggestion is to get a copy of (free) Best Practice tempo-adjusting software (or comparable) and play the demo breaks at higher speed. Joe records all his demo materials at very slow tempo, which makes them very easy to follow but leaves them sounding overly simple. When I played them back at jam-session speeds, it seemed a lot easier to understand the underlying structure and choice of notes. I embellished one of the demos and played it at speed at a session the other night and it all worked out great. Can't ask for more than that, or so it seems to me.
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