Play Like a Legend Bill Monroe Tunes & Songs for Mandolin


Play Like a Legend Bill Monroe Tunes & Songs for Mandolin

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Mel Bay is pleased to present a comprehensive book focused on the mandolin stylings of “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Bill Monroe. Author Joe Carr dissects Monroe’s unique approach to the mandolin through analysis of the icon’s stylistic nuances, licks and repertoire. This book contains transcriptions, new “in the style of” arrangements, and characteristic chord voicings and rhythm/backup patterns. In addition, the author has included 32 never-before-seen photos of Monroe in performance with his band, The Bluegrass Boys and special guests. Complete with access to online audio, Play Like a Legend: Bill Monroe Tunes & Songs for Mandolin will take the reader back to the roots of bluegrass through its iconic founder’s distinctive mandolin style. Includes access to online audio.

Monroe Style Mandolin
Monroe Chords
Rhythm Exercises
Boston Boy- Notes & Anticipation
Boston Boy
Salt Creek
Cotton Eyed Joe
Dusty Miller
East Tennessee Blues
Monroe’s Approach to Common Tune Phrases
Going Up Caney
Soldier’s Joy
Chicken Reel
Katy Hill
Recorded Sources
Cripple Creek
Fire on the Mountain
Gospel Turnarounds I
Paddy on the Turnpike
Gospel Turnarounds II
Sally Goodin
Panhandle Country
Back Up and Push
Turkey in the Straw
Monroe’s Closed Position Solos
The Gold Rush
Photographs by Artie Rose
Monroe Blues
Blues Shapes and Licks
White House Blues
White House Blues II
White House Blues III
Sold Down the River
Roll On Buddy, Roll On
Wheel Hoss
Gospel Turnarounds III
Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
Kentucky Mandolin
Methodist Preacher
Nine Pound Hammer
Walk Softly on This Heart
Blackberry Blossom
Tremolo & Special Tuning
Brakeman’s Blues
No One But My Darlin’
I Saw the Light
Happy on My Way
Close By
Y’all Come
Little Joe
Sugar Coated Love
The First Whippoorwill
Can’t You Hear Me Callin’
On My Way Back to the Old Home
On and On
Conclusion/About the Author


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