Jack Tuttle
Performer - Instructor
jack@jacktuttle.com
650/248-4951
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Mandolin

Most of my students are interested in bluegrass and/or fiddle tunes, but I also can cover various swing, folk, and celtic styles. I'm pretty amenable to tailoring the lessons to the student’s wishes. I normally use my own books, Jack Tuttle's Mandolin Collection volume 1 and Jack Tuttle's Mandolin Collection volume 2.

I cover techniques such as correct hand and finger posture, getting good tone, proper use of the pick, and reading tablature and music (depending on the student’s choice). I also work on playing by ear, both with chording and soloing. Developing improvising skills is also a major focus for those who are ready and willing. I often will play together with the student, sometimes on mandolin, but often accompanying on guitar. Students are encouraged to record the lesson.

Go and see what I teach and emphasize on my Lessons Page.

I have two mandolin books at my Books page.

Here is my Recommended Mandolin Albums page.

Here is a Mandolin Tab Paper.

Here are some Fill Licks.

Here are the Closed Chords.

Go to the Critical Listening to Bluegrass Page for some information on fitting into a band.

Go to the Transcription Page for a few tunes to work on.

My list of practice suggestions has always included playing with others. Band-in-a-Box or a similar program to play along with can help you get there. It can also be a good "non-complaining" accompianist for when you want to go through your fiddle tunes for hours on end. It can also be your metronome as you try to play slow cleanly, or get faster. It's also great for improvising over chord progressions. If you have the Band-in-a-Box program but don't want to take the time to enter the chords, I have done all the work. You can download a zip file containing the chord progressions for 161 fiddle tunes.

The Torke Pick - Many of my students want to know what pick I use. Here it is.

Updated December 9, 2014