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Essential Techniques for Mandolin (DVD)

DVD. By Chris Thile. Homespun Tapes. Bluegrass and Instructional. Instructional video: DVD. Homespun #DVDTHIMN21. Published by Homespun (HL.641545).

Item Number: HL.641545
ISBN 0634050087. Bluegrass and Instructional. 5.25x7.5 inches.

Here's a lesson that will thrill and inspire mandolinists at all levels. Chris Thile, mandolin virtuoso for the hit band Nickel Creek, shares his own successful formula for developing right- and left-hand dexterity, improving speed and accuracy, and playing with heightened musicality. He provides numerous exercises that will make all the difference as aspiring players learn: Ode to a Butterfly * Hop the Fence * Red Haired Boy * Swallowtail Jig. As a bonus, you'll hear astonishing performances of Chris' original tunes When Mandolins Dream and Raining at Sunset. 85-MIN. DVD * LEVEL 3.

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  • 4

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • January 29, 2009 A Great Present

    I bought this as a Christmas present for my sister, who is a violinist who recently purchased a mandolin and likes listening to Chris Thile. She finds the DVD very helpful.

    27 of 51 people found this review helpful.
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  • 4

    Brooklyn, NY
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  • September 27, 2006 Young Thile, Good Teacher

    When this first came out on VHS I was just starting to learn the mandolin myself. Since Chris was a big reason I started to play mandolin in the first place I was very interested in what this video had to offer. He opens with an original Caprice for Mandolin...

    which is quite stunning. Then he discusses tone and touch, even some pick theory. He rightly points out that many people set their action too high, choking their instrument and putting themselves at risk of injury. One of the exercises he introduces later I still play every day! This is great for intermediate to advanced players because there are several layers of difficulty. However, he does assume that you have at least a basic knowledge of music theory. In that regard I wouldn't recommend it for stone cold beginners.

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  • 5

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  • April 18, 2003 DVD is the best

    the dvd for learning can`t be beat. Just sit down with your remote and have fun.

    19 of 55 people found this review helpful.
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