This book teaches the conceptual tools needed to become adept at playing the mandolin by ear. Provides keys to learning chord progressions and playing melody by ear as well as using licks and playing in different keys. Includes many tunes in tablature.
About the Author
Jack Hatfield has been a professional instructor of banjo and a Banjo Newsletter columnist for almost twenty-five years. He has taught thousands to play the banjo via his instruction book series entitled Bluegrass Banjo Method. His “Scruggs Corner” columns analyzed the work of Earl Scruggs, the “father of bluegrass banjo.” These transcriptions remain today the most complete and accurate body of Scruggs’ recordings ever published. Jack then wrote the “Beginner’s Corner” column in which he tutored novice banjoists. He is currently writing a column called “Concepts and Systems,” which explains the structure of music as applied to the five-string banjo and reveals procedures and systems of learning. Jack has also published a unique theory book for all musicians called How to Play by Ear: A Guide to Chords and Progressions for Musicians, Songwriters, and Composers. He has four Mel Bay publications to his credit as well. Jack is a band leader and banjoist for the True Blue bluegrass band, which works conventions and tourist attractions such as the Dollywood theme park and the Dixie Stampede in his home town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He has been a finalist in the Tennessee State Banjo Championship, the Kentucky State Banjo Championship, and the National Banjo Championship held in Winfield, Kansas. As director of Banjo Newsletter Workshops, he travels across the U.S.A, teaching and promoting banjo workshops featuring today’s top recording artists and other Banjo Newsletter columnists.
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