Mel Bay FAMOUS MANDOLIN PICKIN' TUNES QWIKGUIDE

Bruce, Dix

Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2000
ISBN 10: 0786649852 / ISBN 13: 9780786649853
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Synopsis: Dix Bruce is a musician, writer, and 'journeyman namdolinist' with a strong belief in teaching a wide range of material, from bluegrass and jazz standards to classics, waltzes, polkas, and other ethnic music. The choice of material in this 5 1/2 by 8 QWIKGUIDE reflects that philosophy. This book is not meant to be a mandolin method but a collection of fun tunes to play. The selections in this book are in no particular order, although the easier tunes are grouped toward the front. Performance tips are given at the front of the book for each tune. All the tunes are in notation and tablature. The accompanying CD is set up so that you can play along with each tune at both regular and slow speeds. You can also adjust the balance control on your stereo to hear both mandolin lead and accompaniment, just mandolin lead, or just accompaniment.
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About the Author: Dix Bruce, a musician, composer, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area, was born and raised in the Midwest. His interest in American folk music, jazz, and original composition are blended into a unique vocal and instrumental sound. His compositions are fresh and his energetic, exuberant stage personality, along with his driving rhythm and lead work, set the tone for a warm and exciting performance.

He began playing guitar at age twelve. After college, he relocated to the Bay Area where his interest in hybrid acoustic string music led him to David Grisman's prototype quintet in the mid-1970's. Bruce eventually teamed up with the mandolinist and edited the magazine Mandolin World News from 1978 until 1984.

In 1978 Bruce formed the band Back Up and Push to explore the emerging possibilities of swing and jazz on acoustic stringed instruments. The band toured the west coast throughout the 1980s and accompanied Bruce on his release Tuxedo Blues, which features many of his original instrumental and vocal compositions.

Dix Bruce has done studio work on guitar, mandolin, and banjo and has recorded two albums with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield, six big band CDs with the Royal society Jazz Orchestra, and his own collection of American folk songs entitled My Folk Heart on which he plays guitar, mandolin, and autoharp as well as sings. In 1991 he contributed two original compositions to the soundtrack of Harrod Blank's acclaimed documentary Wild Wheels. he has released two CDs of traditional American songs with and originals with guitarist Jim Nunally.

Dix arranged, composed, played mandolin, and recorded music for the CD-ROM computer game "The Sims" for the Maxis Corporation. His music is featured on a virtual radio station within the game.

Mr. Bruce currently has over twenty publications in print with Mel Bay. He has also written for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, FRETS, Bluegrass Unlimited, and The Fretted Instrument Guild of America.

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Title: Mel Bay FAMOUS MANDOLIN PICKIN' TUNES ...
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Publication Date: 2000
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