Mandolin For Dummies book cover

Mandolin For Dummies

Author:
Don Julin
Published: October 27, 2020

Overview

Learn how fretting and picking can entertain friends!  

The mandolin is making a big comeback among music enthusiasts. A longtime staple of bluegrass, folk, jazz, and country music, this fast-pickin’ favorite featured heavily in traditional music from around the world is now seeing a resurgence in global pop.  

In Mandolin For Dummies, accomplished composer, performer, and mandolin guru Don Julin breaks down the history and fundamentals of this versatile instrument, showing how you too can fret, pick, and strum with the best in the business. Packed with photos and diagrams to help you perfect your hand positioning, you’ll make your way through a plethora of mandolin-friendly musical styles and learn how to take good care of your instrument—paying it back for all the pleasure it brings to you and your friends. 

  • Buy the right mandolin for you 
  • Pick up key musical styles 
  • Play along with downloadable exercises 
  • Restring your instrument 

Whether this is your first instrument or you’re adding to your repertoire, this little number has everything you need to get the most out of your mandolin! 

Learn how fretting and picking can entertain friends!  

The mandolin is making a big comeback among music enthusiasts. A longtime staple of bluegrass, folk, jazz, and country music, this fast-pickin’ favorite featured heavily in traditional music from around the world is now seeing a resurgence in global pop.  

In Mandolin For Dummies, accomplished composer, performer, and mandolin guru Don Julin breaks down the history and fundamentals of this versatile instrument, showing how you too can fret, pick, and strum with the best in the business. Packed with photos and diagrams to help you perfect your hand positioning, you’ll make your way through a plethora of mandolin-friendly musical styles and learn how to take good care of your instrument—paying it back for all the pleasure it brings to you and your friends. 

font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;">Buy the right mandolin for you 
  • Pick up key musical styles 
  • Play along with downloadable exercises 
  • Restring your instrument 
  • Whether this is your first instrument or you’re adding to your repertoire, this little number has everything you need to get the most out of your mandolin! 

    Mandolin For Dummies Cheat Sheet

    In order to translate written musical instructions and symbols into music that you can play on your mandolin, a basic understanding of chord diagrams, tablature (or ‘tab’), and the fingering for a few common scales makes your life a lot easier. This Cheat Sheet explains these helpful tools while supplying the most common chords and scales that you’re likely to run into when playing mandolin. [caption id="attachment_273760" align="alignnone" width="556"] © LuismiCSS / Shutterstock.com[/caption]