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Irish Mandolin Playing: A Complete Guide

By Philip John Berthoud

Mandolin - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Philip John Berthoud. Perfect binding, Methods. Celtic/Irish. Book/CD Set. 128 pages.

Item Number: MB.99777BCD

ISBN 9780786670727. Celtic/Irish. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Irish mandolin playing. As well as being a complete guide for the absolute beginner, this book also contains a mine of information, useful tips and ideas for the experienced player. The book takes the reader from the basics of the mandolin right through to more advanced topics such as creating variations, emphasis, improvisation, playing with other musicians, practicing effectively and much more. All the tunes and key exercises in the book are included on the accompanying 63 track CD. There is no need to read conventional music notation as all the music is written in easy-to-read mandolin tablature. However, for those interested in learning about music notation there is a handy section on this subject tailored specifically to the mandolinist as well as a chapter on modes.

  • Tell Me Ma 
  • Star of the County Down 
  • The Derry Air 
  • Oh! Those Britches Full of Stitches 
  • The Brighton Polka 
  • Slieve Russell 
  • Geese In The Bog 
  • Old John's Jig  
  • Drops Of Brandy 
  • The Peacock Follow the Hen  
  • The Road To Lisdoonvarna 
  • Bobby Casey's Hornpipe 
  • The Red Haired Boy 
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley 
  • The Boys Of Malin 
  • Sergeant Early's Dream  
  • Kerry Polka 
  • Scatter The Mud 
  • The Humours of Kesh 
  • The Merry Blacksmith 
  • The Humours of Tulla 
  • The Humours of Tulla 2 
  • The Hunter's Purse 
  • Delahunty's Hornpipe  
  • Ger The Rigger 
  • The Weak Little Finger 
  • The Humours Of Ballyloughlin 
  • The Sporting Pitchfork 
  • Willie Coleman's 
  • Langstern's Pony 
  • Tobin's Favourite 
  • Out On The Ocean 
  • The Butterfly 
  • The Kid on the Mountain 
  • The Sligo Chorus 
  • Chief O'neill's Favourite 
  • The King Of The Fairies 
  • Collier's Reel 
  • Mother Delight 
  • The Rakish Paddy  
  • The Earl's Chair 
  • The Maids of Michelstown 
  • The Glass of Beer 
  • The Golden Keyboard 
  • The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh 
  • The Yellow Tinker 
  • The Swallow's Tail 
  • The Star Of Munster 
  • The Pigeon On The Gate 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Greenville SC
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • January 11, 2012 Great resource

    If you're new to mandolin but looking to expand your repertoire this book and CD will equip you to move well beyond the basics.

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  • 5

    San Diego, CA
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  • November 09, 2010 Just what I was looking for!

    This book is awesome- I am fairly new to playing a stringed instrument and this method begins easy, progressing to more advanced techniques; it's just what I needed. I actually prefer using the book and CD at home over my lessons! An excellent way to begin playing mandolin for...

    anyone - and the tunes are especially fun for those who love Irish music. Thanks!

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • May 03, 2008 Excellent method

    This is an excellent method, with a nice selection of irish tunes, including famous reels and jigs, but also a few polkas and hornpipes. The included CD helps a lot to play along the tempo and it's a good way to learn before to play in real sessions. I...

    'm french and I had difficulties in finding a good method to learn irish mandolin in my country... It's done!

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  • 5

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  • September 28, 2007 Great introduction with lots of fun songs

    I bought this book for my wife's birthday. She is just learning to play the Mandolin and was having trouble finding sheet music and songs at the beginner level that were fun to play. This book definitely has that. We have been able to play a couple of the...

    songs together, her on the Mandolin and me on the Tin Whistle

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