• 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

  • Joe Carr – School of Mandolin

    Mel Bay Publications has just released the first book in a new series called "School Of." This particular book is the School of Mandolin: Basic Chords and Soloing. Taught by veteran educator Joe Carr, the book presents 16 tunes (some with

  • Mel Bay: Complete Mandolin Method

    Music instruction publisher Mel Bay recently re-released one of their mainstay titles, Mel Bay's Complete Mandolin Method. Originally released in book form only, the updated product is now available with an accompanying DVD. The product teaches the basics of mandolin technique,

  • Easiest Banjo Tunes for Children

    Just as we head into the frantic holiday shopping season, Mel Bay Publications has a new book/CD set designed as a companion purchase for parents who will put a new banjo under the tree for their young children. Easiest Banjo Tunes

  • Parking Lot Pickers Songbook for banjo

    Here's a new Mel Bay release that is sure to become an important reference for banjo pickers. Parking Lot Picker's Songbook - Banjo Edition includes well over 200 popular songs, complete with chords, lyrics and the basic melody presented in