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The Mandolin Picker's Fakebook - January, 1992 Paperback – 1 January 1992
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- ASIN : B00SQBAIM0
- Publisher : Music Sales America (1 January 1992)
- Language : English
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On the plus side:
- it is a sizeable compilation of tunes, mostly from the USA but including GB and Ireland.
- it has helpful lists of recommended recordings for each piece.
- it (just about) balances on a standard music stand
- it uses mandolin TAB notation.
- it only has TAB notation, so unless you know the tunes already from their titles (or can sight-read TAB...) then every piece is a voyage of discovery and it’s difficult to know where to start. I’ve started to put together a playlist by searching tune-by-tune through Amazon Music, but it’s slow work.
- as others have noted, the typeface is small and the fingering can be difficult to read. Of course, if the printing had been larger and standard notation had been included, then the book would have been twice its current size!
- the majority of tunes are swift reels, polkas, rags and the like. There are very few slower, reflective pieces - which is a great pity - and you are mostly confronted by a continuous procession of quavers and semi-quavers which can be daunting if you are not an experienced player.
- the author notes that the book was a straight adaptation of a similar book for the fiddle. It shows. Some of the explanatory text at the beginning and end of the book has been amended from fiddle to mandolin, but some has been missed.
- the recommended recordings are mostly fairly elderly (publication was 1993) and fiddle-centric. There’s a brief section tacked on at the end with (eight) recommended mandolin recordings, but it feels cursory compared to the fiddle-related recommendations.
Overall, this is an interesting and extensive collection of traditional tunes, but it requires a lot of work from the mandolin player to get much out of it.
If I'd known this I would not have bought it.
Unfortunately I didn't read the previous review, I will in future.
However, as someone new to learning an instrument the "Introductory Materials" section Has been very useful in my understanding of tune types, tempo and rhythms.
The Mandolin Picker's Fakebook (Mandolin)
I use my iPad to read Kindle books and to play music from Kindle music books. I MUST BE ABLE TO ZOOM. I bought this without knowing (or looking at the reviews) that I could not zoom in on the pages. I will not buy another Kindle music book without being absolutely positive that I can zoom in on the music so I can read it.
This is an absolute disappointment that should never have happened. Kindle Books are not just supposed to be "pictures" of written pages statically displayed on a screen. A good Kindle Book presents the information is malleable ways so that the consumer can adapt the display to his or her needs. If you can't, it shouldn't be Kindle.
Reviewed in the United States on 15 December 2016