Jack Tuttle’s Bluegrass Mandolin Collection

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This intermediate 96-page book focuses on the mandolin styles used for bluegrass singing pieces, as well as banjo, mandolin, and fiddle tunes. There are over 70 transcriptions, with both tablature and music notation, in this spiral-bound book.

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This intermediate 96 page book focuses on the mandolin styles used for bluegrass singing pieces, as well as banjo, mandolin, and fiddle tunes. There are over 70 transcriptions, with both tablature and music notation, in this spiral-bound book (see index below). I have spent twenty years transcribing solos from the greatest players of the past and present, with breaks from Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey and others. Many of the transcriptions are my own arrangements. Many of these pieces are challenging, but all the require details are notated. Pick direction is notated where necessary and left hand fingering is also notated in any instance where there might be a question.

Also included are three pages of chordal position end licks in the Monroe-style that can be used for the last line of most standard bluegrass songs. A typical bluegrass song can be broken down into four lines of melody and often a mandolinist will leave the melody on the last line and play a lick in its place. These end licks are to be used for this purpose. Some of the licks will fit over a I - V - I chord progression and the others fit over a V - V - I. Since this chord progression is so common for the last line, these licks will work for the majority of all songs. Since they are closed position licks they can be moved up and down the neck and across strings to be used in all 8 bluegrass keys.

For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

By far the majority of these tunes and songs are from mainstream bluegrass jam repertoire. Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers repertoire are well represented.

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Both: Physical Book + PDF, Downloadable PDF, Physical Book

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