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DVD-Bluegrass Mandolin
DVD-Bluegrass Mandolin
Actor: Sam Bush
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 40min

Sam Bush details the dominant mandolin styles from Bill Monroe to Newgrass! He demonstrates powerful techniques while teaching ten classic tunes: Paddy on the Turnpike," "Gray Eagle," "Sugarfoot Rag," "Sapporo," "Bill Chea...  more »


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Actor: Sam Bush
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Tapes
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/25/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)

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Good for the finer points...
Dustin Warren | Dallas, TX | 05/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This video is best for those that already have a pretty good understanding of how to play the mandolin.

Like most instrument instructional videos that I have seen, this one starts out with tuning, and a brief explanation of how to tune the instrument. The pace picks up rapidly from there, jumping right into the songs. The real meat of the video comes from Sam showing you different picking, phrasing, and note selections based on the styles of true mandolin giants like Bill Monroe, and even Mr. Bush himself, on the same song.

If you are a stickler for little details, you will notice that the notes in the included music/tablature do not always follow exactly what Sam is playing, but that is part of the fun of learning to play this style of music.

My only small gripe about the video is that there is no real explanation of the theory behind the styles that Sam is showing you how to play. The video is literally Sam playing the song full speed, slowing it down and taking each song part by part, and then playing it again in a different style.

All in all, I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the video, but again, if you are not a proficient mandolin player, you will probably be better served by getting either: DVD- The Sam Bush Mandolin Methodor Essential Techniques for Mandolin

A good next step...
Motorcycle Monk | Los Angeles, CA | 12/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw a Sam Bush video online and wanted to get more into his style and approach to the mandolin... I've been playing the mandolin less than a year, but after many years of playing around on a guitar... I found the video to be a good next step... Though it may be a little advanced for the beginner, if you have the basic's of mandolin playing down, you should find this video very useful in expanding your musical knowledge."