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Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship - American Mandolin Method

By Mandolin Cafe
September 7, 2012 - 6:00 pm

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Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship  - American Mandolin Method

Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship - American Mandolin Method

Pacific, Mo. — Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has announced the release of American Mandolin Method Volume 1, by Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship.

Master teachers and performers of the mandolin, Wicklund and Winship have crafted this beginning mandolin method book based on the solid system created by Wicklund for the best-selling books, The American Fiddle Method.

Using clear illustrations and lucid explanations, the authors guide beginning mandolin players through necessary skills such as efficiently holding the mandolin, fretting, picking technique, creating good tone, chop chord and open chord backup.

Students learn the techniques while mastering over thirty common jam tunes, which they can practice with using the accompanying audio.

72 pages, available as a Book/CD set or as an eBook. Standard notation and tablature.

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Alex Orr
September 21, 2012 02:51 PM
Thank Goodness...we really need another beginner mnadolin method smile)
September 21, 2012 09:48 PM
Hey... it has Boil'em Cabbage Down.... ;)
doc holiday
September 21, 2012 11:09 PM
I know these boys. They are great musicians. I've taken several workshops & private lessons from Ben Winship & had the pleasure of hearing him in a few bands....Kane's River, Growing Old Men, Brother Mule. Brian Wicklund is a killer fiddler. They are both great teachers & I don't think this mandolin method book will disappoint. It may appear to be the 'beginner' mandolin book, but with the technical prowess of these two...I bet there's a lot more between the front & back cover. I'd bet money on it.
Robert Billings
April 16, 2013 02:03 PM
I'm a beginner and this am learning from this book.
I think it is excellent! The tunes on the accompanying CD aren't designed for play along (though you can), but for reference. That is very helpful.
You learn the instrument by playing songs from the book and the instruction is very straightforward and non-technical.
I look forward to practicing - now there's a recommendation!
April 16, 2013 05:19 PM
Interesting cover design . . . the authors are listed as Brian Wicklund and then Ben Winship. But for those who don't know these guys, Ben Winship is on the left in the picture. Kinda confusing.
Manfred Hacker
May 12, 2013 08:52 PM
Quote from Alex Orr: Thank Goodness...we really need another beginner mnadolin method smile) End Quote

Brian Wicklund's American Fiddle Method volumes 1 and 2 with accompanying CDs and DVDs are outstanding.

If the mandolin books are only nearly as good, they will still be excellent.
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