The Bluegrass Mandolin of Ronnie McCoury

Ronnie McCoury
Ronnie McCoury, the sensational mandolinist of the Del McCoury Band, teaches his most requested solos for the benefit of learning mandolin players everywhere. As an extra treat, Ronnie and Del perform each tune together before it's broken down into its component parts. Throughout this lesson, Ronnie provides invaluable tips on many aspects of mandolin playing, including use of split ... Read More

The Fiddle According to Vassar

Vassar Clements
No fiddle player will want to miss this powerful lesson! Vassar Clements' superb technique and imaginative musical ideas are slowed down and brought up close to help you improve your technique, increase your repertoire and expand your musical horizons. Vassar explores more than a dozen of his classic licks, showing how he uses slides, chromatics, double and triple-stops, slurs and ... Read More

The Mandolin and Bouzouki of Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

Playing Celtic, Bluegrass and Contemporary Songs

Tim O'Brien's artistry is unique, crossing boundaries between bluegrass, old time, Irish, country and folk music styles. His heartfelt singing, instrumental virtuosity and profound songwriting have put him at the very pinnacle of today's acoustic performers. Tim O'Brien's course will be a boon to mandolin and bouzouki (octave mandolin) players who want to improve their ... Read More

The Mandolin of Bill Monroe - Two-Video Set

Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, John Hartford
On this instructional and entertaining session, the "father of bluegrass" discusses and demonstrates the instrumental techniques which have changed the course of American music. On Lesson 1, Bill Monroe plays twenty-seven great tunes (some recorded here for the first time), including favorites such as "Rawhide," "Wheel Hoss," "Tennessee Blues," "Dusty Miller," "Roanoke," "Pike Country Breakdown," "Blue Grass Stomp,"Get Up ... Read More

The Mandolin of Bill Monroe - VIdeo 1

John Hartford, Bill Monroe

One-On-One with the Master

The legendary "Father of Bluegrass" demonstrates the amazing mandolin technique and repertoire that have made him world famous. He plays over 25 great tunes (some never heard before), including favorites such as:  Rawhide, Wheel Hoss, Muleskinner Blues, Tennessee Blues, Dusty Miller, Roanoke, Back to the Old Home, Pike County Breakdown, Blue Grass Stomp, Get Up John, Katie Hill, Memories ... Read More

The Mandolin of Bill Monroe - Video 2

Sam Bush, Bill Monroe

A Detailed Analysis By Sam Bush

This hands-on teaching tool was produced especially for the player who wantsto master Bill Monroe's powerful mandolin technique. Veteran bluegrass musician Sam Bush dissects sixteen pieces as played by Bill Monroe on his ground-breaking lesson, taking them apart in note-for-note detail. Split screens and close-ups, as well as replays of Monroe's demonstrations, aid the learning process and make ... Read More

The Mandolin of Norman Blake

Norman Blake

Traditional and Original Tunes and Techniques

Before there was bluegrass there were fiddle tunes, mostly brought to these shores from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Norman and Nancy Blake teach beautiful, little-known old-time and original instrumentals in the Celtic and Southern mountain tradition. All of the tunes presented here will be easy to learn by intermediate-level mandolinists. Norman and Nancy Blake have chosen hauntingly beautiful mandolin ... Read More

The Peter Rowan Songbook

Peter Rowan
Peter Rowan has been one of the most influential singers and songwriters in contemporary bluegrass for over four decades. A musical experimenter, he has blurred the boundaries between old-time country, folk, reggae, blues and rock styles, and has even received some notoriety recently on the jam band circuit. Peter has played with everyone from Bill Monroe to Jerry Garcia, and ... Read More

The Sam Bush Mandolin Method

Sam Bush
This terrific two-part series will help aspiring mandolin players improve technical prowess, build repertoire and develop formidable musicianship. Sam teaches traditional fiddle tunes Ragtime Annie, Bile Them Cabbage Down, Blackberry Blossom and Sally Goodin, showing you how to create variations on the melodies, use drone strings for fiddle-like effects, employ crosspicking techniques for a smoother sound and move up the ... Read More

The Tony Rice Guitar Method

Tony Rice

With Wyatt Rice, Second Guitar

In a wide-ranging and detailed session, Tony Rice demonstrates his world-famous technique, gives invaluable advice, analyzes some of his best-known pieces and discusses his style, influences, guitars and favorite players. This exceptionally rich two-part set is filled with fascinating conversation and the amazing playing we've all come to expect from this master picker. Tony geared this lesson so that ... Read More

Thirty Fiddle Tunes for the Mandolin

Butch Baldassari
These thirty classic fiddle tunes will add depth to your mandolin repertoire, and increase your technical profiency on the instrument so you can jam with confidence. Butch plays each piece both slowly and up-to-speed, and provides rhythm tracks (with mandolin and guitar) which allow for instant practice sessions, anytime. Songs: St. Anne's Reel, Fisher's Hornpipe, Whiskey Before Breakfast ... Read More

Tony Rice Master Class

Tony Rice

Up Close and Personal with a Guitar Great

On this extraordinary lesson, Tony Rice shares more of the songs, instrumentals and picking techniques that made him an iconic figure on the acoustic guitar scene for nearly four decades. Starting with Shady Grove, as played with David Grisman and Jerry Garcia on "The Pizza Tapes," Tony brings back guitar arrangements from various phases in his long career. He explores ... Read More
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