- SKU: 13763126
- Release Date: 04/06/2004
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Butch Baldassari has released two popular collections of bluegrass mandolin tunes, What's Doin' and Old Town. He also played extensively with the group Weary Hearts. On this first video of a two-tape set, Baldassari concentrates on teaching students basic skills, including how to hold and tune the mandolin. He also spends a significant amount of time demonstrating basic chords and explaining the scales. Using several of his own tunes and those of others, Baldassari breaks down their elements so he can teach students how to play basic melodies. He also provides helpful tips for mastering double-stop and open-string techniques. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi
You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin, Vol. 2
Butch Baldassari continues to be one of the most sought-after players of the bluegrass mandolin. He is an accomplished musician with various recordings to his credit and a regular contributor to music magazines. In this second video of a two-part set, Baldassari challenges his students to try and learn more complex playing skills. He demonstrates "chopping" rhythm chords, soloing, slides, and chord positions up and down the neck. Baldassari also provides tips on playing open chords, hammer-ons, open-string harmonies, and tremolo. All of these techniques are illustrated and broken down as he plays such songs as "Whiskey Before Breakfast," "Bury Me Beneath the Willow," and "Soldier's Joy." ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi