FIRST LESSONS: MANDOLIN by Dix Bruce is a quick and entertaining way to learn how to play this instrument that has been around on the jazz scene since the early 1920s decade. Its recent use in world music with jazz themes in the decade of the 1990s shows its enduring performance use as a jazz instrument.
The play-along CD contains 62 tracks and has some fine selections such as "St. James Infirmary," "Seventh Blues," "East Virginia Blues," among others. The sheet music for the songs is in the instruction book.
Fingerings, positions, explanation of chords, and a complete mandolin chord directory on pages 38 and 39 make this instruction book invaluable for any individual seeking to learn how to play the mandolin. Excellent instruction book.The mandolin has been around in jazz performances since the beginning of the 1920s decade, and it has recently had a resurgence as a jazz item to perform with! Here is a chance to learn how to play one and add to your skills!