New lesson available from BluegrassBooksOnline

Our friends at asked us to mention that the most recent free lesson on the site is an arrangement of Jesse McReynolds’ Dixie Hoedown. Printed music and MP3 files are available as free downloads for both mandolin and guitar, and the tune is presented for each instrument as a solo and a harmony part, with variations. Designed with an intermediate player in mind, these MP3 lessons demonstrate the tune at a slower tempo with a full band, and then with accompaniment but no melody to allow the student to play along once they are comfortable with the piece. It is then played at a performance tempo.

Other free lessons on the site include mandolin/guitar arrangements for Lonesome Fiddle Blues and Interstate Rag.

The free lessons are updated semi-monthly and are designed around the format of their books, Jam Tunes for Bluegrass Guitar and Jam Tunes for Bluegrass Mandolin.

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