Mandolin Instruction-- Materials and Transcriptions by Debora Chen
 Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist-- String Thing Music
Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist  (SNFTAM) includes targeted, step-by- step examples, ranging from very easy to more advanced (cross-picking and chord melody), based on classic melodies like "Simple Gifts" (traditional),  "Ode to Joy" (Beethoven), and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Bach).  This book will show you how to stop struggling to identify notes one at a time and move quickly to recognizing musically meaningful patterns while playing with efficient fingering.

It includes and expands on material Debora Chen has taught in her classes at Mandolin Symposium   and Berkeley's venerable folk venue,  Freight & Salvage. By practicing with it just a few minutes a day, you can quickly break away from tab and into any fakebook you choose. It's fun, too. 

Praise for SNFTAM from some of the world's finest professional mandolinists:
Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg, Tony Williamson

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A Concise Course for the Traditional Mandolinist Breaking into Untabbed Territory -- By Debora Chen
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"Debora Chen's book gives every mandolinist the 'keys to the musical kingdom.'" -- Bluegrass Breakdown, Vol 33, No. 20, California Bluegrass Association
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Also Available in Tab and Standard Notation:   JS Bach Arranged for Mandolin

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