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Mandolin Instruction: Old Time, Country and Fiddle Tunes

Mandolin Instruction: Old Time, Country and Fiddle Tunes

String instrumentalist Michael Holmes provides a recorded tutorial in the playing of the mandolin. The recording is composed of two parts. The first part presents examples of mandolin playing in traditional folk music first slowly and then at performance speed. The second part has Holmes replaying all the songs from the first part and joined by Reed Martin (banjo) and Mike Rivers (guitar).

The extensive liner notes provide information of buying and tuning a mandolin and musical notation for the 15 songs presented as part of this tutorial.

Holmes dedicated this recording to Pete Seeger, “whose version of “Woody’s Rag” was the first tune I ever heard played on the mandolin.”

Track Listing

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Tune to a "G" Michael Holmes 0:13
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Soldier's Joy, slow Michael Holmes 1:25
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Soldier's Joy, fast Michael Holmes 0:43
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St. Anne's Reel, slow Michael Holmes 1:27
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St. Anne's Reel, fast Michael Holmes 0:41
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Cripple Creek, slow Michael Holmes 0:44
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Cripple Creek, fast Michael Holmes 0:22
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Old Joe Clark, slow Michael Holmes 1:23
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Old Joe Clark, fast Michael Holmes 0:38
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Turkey in the Straw, slow Michael Holmes 1:16
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Turkey in the Straw, fast Michael Holmes 0:38
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Colored Aristocracy, slow Michael Holmes 1:04
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Colored Aristocracy, fast Michael Holmes 0:44
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East Virginia Michael Holmes 0:24
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken Michael Holmes 0:48
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Arkansas Traveler, slow Michael Holmes 1:32
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Arkansas Traveler, fast Michael Holmes 0:41
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Girl I Left Behind Me, slow Michael Holmes 1:30
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Girl I Left Behind Me, fast Michael Holmes 0:39
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Devil's Dream, slow Michael Holmes 1:50
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Devil's Dream, fast Michael Holmes 0:46
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Fisher's Hornpipe, slow Michael Holmes 2:04
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Fisher's Hornpipe, fast Michael Holmes 0:39
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Flop Eared Mule, slow Michael Holmes 1:54
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Flop Eared Mule, fast Michael Holmes 0:44
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Lost Indian, slow Michael Holmes 1:23
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Lost Indian, fast Michael Holmes 0:35
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Ragtime Annie, slow Michael Holmes 1:56
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Ragtime Annie, fast Michael Holmes 1:00
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Soldier's Joy Michael Holmes 1:37
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Saint Anne's Reel Michael Holmes 1:49
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Cripple Creek Michael Holmes 0:54
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Old Joe Clark Michael Holmes 1:38
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Colored Aristocracy Michael Holmes 1:41
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East Virginia Michael Holmes 0:43
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Will The Circle Be Unbroken Michael Holmes 0:43
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Arkansas Traveler Michael Holmes 1:41
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The Girl I Left Behind Me Michael Holmes 1:46
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Devil's Dream Michael Holmes 1:16
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Fisher's Hornpipe Michael Holmes 1:11
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Flop Eared Mule Michael Holmes 1:46
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Lost Indian Michael Holmes 1:37
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Ragtime Annie Michael Holmes 2:21
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Turkey in the Straw Michael Holmes 1:46
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