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Killer Technique: Mandolin

By Mandolin Cafe
November 28, 2012 - 8:15 am

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Killer Technique: Mandolin

Killer Technique: Mandolin

Pacific, Mo. — Mel Bay Publications has announced the release of Killer Technique: Mandolin, by Suzanna Barnes.

This book is designed for mandolinists seeking to develop their left and right-hand technique. The exercises included help reinforce fundamental actions of playing, and challenge the player to master the various permutations and combinations of these fundamentals.

Each hand is given primary focus, working across all four strings or up and down the fretboard before both hands are challenged simultaneously.

Through these exercises, a player can improve their functioning abilities and facilitate better control over the instrument. Practicing these workouts can help with the mechanics of playing as well, helping a player improve accuracy, speed, and agility in both hands.

Left-Hand Workout
Finger Patterns
Finger Orderings
Right-Hand Workout
2 String Set
3 String Combinations
4 String Combinations
Combining Workouts
About the Author

Additional information:
Purchase: From Mel Bay Publications
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Pages: 20
Suggested retail: $6.99


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November 28, 2012 11:05 AM
Has anyone had experience with technique books? I find the exercises quite tedious...I know they are good for me, but I'd rather be playing tunes.
Jim Garber
November 28, 2012 11:12 AM
Unfortunate title for this book but the price is low. There are only 20 pages of exercise patterns included. You can see them here. I think one of the two sample pages is for left hand and the other for right. I might compare this one to Mike Marshall's Finger Busters if you do want to seriously improve technique.

I could use some improvement but I certainly would rather play tunes to do so. OTOH it is worth looking at.
November 28, 2012 11:15 AM
I have found technique books very useful. I try to mix that work with playing tunes. some time on each. I can learn tunes fine, but I want to be able to play them better, improvise, etc. Right now I am working with Bluegrass up the neck by Niles Hokkanen
November 28, 2012 12:18 PM
I play improv and technique/scale books are a godsend for me, but does this have stuff that isn't covered in other books? Just wondering if this is beginner, intermediate or advanced?

From Mel Bay website : "Difficulty: Beginning-Intermediate"

It's only $7 though, may be worth buying the ebook just to see smile Also love the artwork on the cover..
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