Pitch. Rhythm. Scales. Intervals. Chords. Harmony. If you're serious about music, these are fundamental concepts you need to understand and master. Music Theory 101 will set you on your way.
A solid understanding of music theory is no mere academic exercise but a common language that will enable you to concisely communicate with other musicians, a core component of any collaborative endeavor with music. From basics like reading and writing music notation and using scales to advanced topics such as modal and pentatonic melodies and harmonic tensions, you’ll leave this program with a concrete foundation in music. As a result, you’ll approach your next project with a full set of tools and much more confidence.
Learn the techniques, common practices, and essential repertoire of the classical mandolin.
In this book, you will learn long-established mandolin techniques and their contemporary applications. You will discover gems from the classical mandolin literature, and familiar classical melodies arranged for mandolin. You will also gain insights into how to arrange your own musical ideas, including classical melodies, for solo mandolin. This book and its online videos and play-along audio tracks will help to enhance your understanding of the greater context of mandolin traditions. Additional notation is provided for arrangements of small mandolin and guitar ensembles.
Repertoire includes music for solo mandolin and small mandolin ensembles at varying levels of difficulty:
“This book includes many beautiful etudes—a fun and rewarding way to practice the techniques of classical mandolin. Highly recommended!”
—Carlo Aonzo, Mandolinist
“A comprehensive and indispensable work for those who, starting from other approaches, want to move to the classical mandolin. Exploring Classical Mandolin is also a very useful tool for classical mandolin students for becoming familiar with other approaches within the tradition, and to see the Baroque and Romantic techniques applied to new repertoire.”
—Emanuele Cappellotto, Mandolinist
“August Watters brings together three centuries of mandolin technique and repertoire, starting fairly simply, and leading up to more difficult techniques. A recommended book!”
—Neil Gladd, Mandolinist
“Exploring Classical Mandolin is an indispensable companion for every developing mandolinist who wishes to play in the classical tradition. Watters masterfully evaluates and compares various approaches to mandolin playing as expressed in the major methods of the 19th and 20th centuries, making his work an essential part of one’s music library. He provides a wealth of musical examples of the techniques discussed, presenting numerous musical works incorporating these techniques, as well as imaginative and inventive technical exercises—many original. The well-rounded mandolinist should not gloss over any part of this invaluable volume.”
—John Craton, Composer
“While it would be both fair and easy to sing the praises of how useful this text is, how helpful it is in guiding the development of the aspiring mandolinist’s technique and artistry, it is perhaps even more salient to speak of how musical it is. No arid, pedantic ‘Thou shalt’ and ‘Thou shalt not’ in these pages! From gentle glide-strokes across strings, to the telling imagery of leaves rustling in the wind, Exploring Classical Mandolin conjures up one great, melodious Zen moment. A journey well worth taking.”
—Victor Kioulaphides, Composer
August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/arranger, and teacher who has performed with some of the leading figures in…