Essential Techniques for Mandolin

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Product Description
Chris Thile, mandolin virtuoso for the hit band Nickel Creek, shares his own successful formula for developing right- and left-hand dexterity, improving speed and accuracy, and playing with heightened musicality. Includes numerous tunes and exercises that will make a big difference in your playing. As a bonus, you’ll hear astonishing performances of Chris’ original tunes “When Mandolins Dream” and “Raining at Sunset.” Includes music and tab. 85 minutes…. More >>

Essential Techniques for Mandolin

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  1. Definately for begginers. He also needs mandolin classes, his tecnique is not so good, specially his left hand!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. We NEVER received the item, have tried to contact the seller as well as Amazon. Have NEVER heard back from either of them. Contacted my credit card company to get my money back!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. The dvd was a gift for my son. He is a big fan of Chris Thile from Nicklecreek and had discovered the dvd when he began playing the mandolin recently. He was very pleased with it.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. This is DEFINATELY not the best way to go for those who are just starting out but have been playing for a while and want to work more on techniques.

    I was very dissapointed that the music was not included as indicated on the cover. I think this was just a mistake from the manufacturer but I was still really upset.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. I once found myself arguing with someone about musicians. It had been my belief that the best musicians start playing when they are young. Often there is a musician in the family, often there is a strong teacher. How often for us aging musicians to see with shock someone still in their teens playing better than we could ever imagine. Such is the shock in seeing the young Chris Thile in this fascinating DVD.

    He is a remarkably open and generous person. He keeps no secrets. He demonstrates the importance of pick direction, left and right hand position, holding the pick, scales, and cross-picking, as well as demonstrating how to play a number of tunes. If it sounds like a little, it is not. Thile is clearly as capable a teacher as he was a student and no mandolinist will come away from this DVD without something.

    A word of warning, though, that this is probably not appropriate for beginners. While there is important information here, the pieces presented will challenge even the most dextrous of players. The problem is that Thile’s playing is so strong, many may feel that this style is an unreachable goal. Nevertheless, for those who want to know, this is an invaluable record of an extraordinary musician.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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