• Early Music Gems for banjo by Lluis Gomez

    As a part of their ongoing series of Banjo Picking Tunes, Mel Bay has released a slim volume of melodies for banjo taken from early European classics. Entitled Early Music Gems, the book was compiled by Spanish banjoist Lluis Gomez,

  • Mel Bay O’Carolan book for banjo

    Mel Bay Publications has released a book of Irish harp music by Turlough O'Carolan, arranged for banjo and other stringed instruments. 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics was prepared by banjoist Tom Hanway, an American ex-pat now living in Ireland where he performs in

  • Two new mandolin books from Mel Bay

    Mel Bay has a pair of new mandolin books, aimed at two different strata of pickers. Children's Mandolin Method, written by William Bay (son of the company's founder, Mel) is just what the title suggests. It follows the familiar method book

  • Roland White interview from Mel Bay

    Mel Bay has released a video interview with mandolin legend Roland White. In it, Erica Cantrell guides him through a discussion of his long and noteworthy career in bluegrass music, interspersed with musical interludes. Roland speaks of his time performing with

  • Mandolin For Seniors

    Mel Bay has published a new mandolin book, written by Joe Carr. Entitled Mandolin For Seniors, it is a beginner's manual especially geared for older learners. Larger fonts are used with an nod towards eyes that are "formerly young," and the

  • Charlie Cushman, Rob Ickes interviews from Mel Bay

    Mel Bay Publications has launched a video artist interview series on YouTube, and several of the first videos posted feature prominent bluegrass artists. The interviews are conducted by Nashville media personality Erica Cantrell, and include brief bios, playing tips and

  • Win a mandolin from Mel Bay

    A number of companies who offer products to the bluegrass market are offering contests and giveaways to celebrate May as Bluegrass Music Month. In one such promotion, Mel Bay Publications has partnered with Michael Kelly Mandolins and will be giving