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John McGann's Developing Melodic Variations on Fiddle Tunes

Mandolin Edition

By John McGann

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John McGann's Developing Melodic Variations on Fiddle Tunes (Mandolin Edition). Composed by John McGann. For Mandolin. Squareback saddle-stitched, Improvisation. Bluegrass & Country. Beginning-Intermediate. Book/CD Set. 116 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.98557BCD).

ISBN 9780786650996. Bluegrass & Country. 8.5 x 10.75 inches.

This book presents standard fiddle tunes in basic form, then shows you how, on a phrase-by-phrase basis, the tunes can become vehicles for your own improvisations. It is designed to open the door to creating spontaneous variations, or improvisations, based on the melodic structure unique to each tune. Each tune in the book is presented first in its basic form, then with four variations. The variations are printed directly beneath the melody with the corresponding measures aligned, so that you can easily compare them to the original melody and to each other. The accompanying CD features mandolin and rhythm guitar on separate channels, so you can turn off the lead and play along with the rhythm, or vice versa. Intermediate in difficulty.

  • Flop Eared Mule 
  • Old Joe Clark 
  • Soldier's Joy 
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast 
  • Billy in the Lowground 
  • Forked Deer 
  • Blackberry Blossom 
  • Salty Dog 
  • Arkansas Traveler 
  • Ragtime Annie 
  • Fisher's Hornpipe