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Mandolin Exercises For Dummies

By Mandolin Cafe
January 13, 2014 - 5:00 pm

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Mandolin Exercises For Dummies by Don Julin - from Wiley Publishing

Mandolin Exercises For Dummies by Don Julin - from Wiley Publishing

Hoboken, NJ — Wiley Publishing has announced a Spring 2014 release of Mandolin Exercises For Dummies, by Don Julin.

The initial release will cover Great Britain and English speaking regions of Europe, followed approximately 30 days later by Australia, USA, and Canada.

This intermediate to advanced level mandolin book is a follow-up to the best-selling Mandolin For Dummies and is currently available for pre-order at

Mandolin Exercises For Dummies contains hundreds of exercises designed to build left and right hand strength and coordination, while expanding your knowledge of the fingerboard.

Each exercise is shown in standard notation as well as tablature and is demonstrated in 161 downloadable audio tracks.

The exercises are based primarily on scales, arpeggios, and chords with a specific right hand picking pattern (tremolo, jig style triplets, down-strokes, etc.) applied to each exercise.

Chord workouts incorporate rhythm styles used in swing, jazz, Latin, ballads, and pop. The book finishes with ten tips for mandolin players on increasing speed and ten tunes representing a large range of styles.

About Don Julin

Don Julin, author of the best-selling Mandolin For Dummies (Wiley 2012) is one of the most eclectic mandolin players/teachers on the scene today. He leads mandolin workshops and master classes around the world. His original compositions have been used in films, advertisement, and on many television programs. In addition to all of this, Don maintains a busy gigging/touring schedule playing extreme bluegrass with the duo Billy Strings & Don Julin.

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Ron McMillan
January 13, 2014 10:53 PM
This looks like a well-thought-out product that will be well worth investing in. Don Julin's free YouTube instructional clips are among the best on the web, and this book of exercises, with its downloadable audio files, could be the exercise book to put the competition in the shade.

Mike Steadfast-Ward
January 19, 2014 02:10 PM
Any possibility of announcing its ISBN number so that those interested can order it as soon as it is published. Thanks.
Rodney Riley
January 19, 2014 02:55 PM
There is a link on the left side of the home page so we can pre-order it Michael. Here's Amazon UK link that's there.

Preordering in US saves almost $6.00. smile
Mike Steadfast-Ward
January 26, 2014 03:46 PM
Thanks Rod. I already have his Mandolin for Dummies and would
like to add this one to my collection. Only my location is in the
countryside, and the local bookshop (I use it to support local trade)
will be able to use the number to order it for me when it's released.
Ryk Loske
January 26, 2014 04:11 PM
Just a thought ... .. Don Julin will have these for sale when they're available. You might want to buy the book from ... and put more money in the pocket of ... the man who made this available.

Mike Steadfast-Ward
January 28, 2014 09:34 AM
Another good idea mate! Will keep a look out for the date of publication.
Ryk Loske
January 28, 2014 01:31 PM

If you hit the amazon link in Rodney's post and scroll down it'll have the isbn. Actually there are two ??? I'm sure this will come bound as the original one was … a trip to an office supply place and you can have it get a bindingectomy and then have it wire … not comb!!! … bound so it'll lay out flat. (You can get about 4 pints on it that way.)

January 29, 2014 06:47 AM
I preordered it on Amazon. I'm looking forward to it.
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