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May 13, 2013 | The latest from Don Julin

It's common knowledge now our friend and former JazzMando staff contributor Don Julin and his popular "Mandolin for Dummies" has been an international hit. The 378 page book is a comprehensive approach to the instrument, covering its history, instrument physiology, playing techniques, music styles, and a heaping boatload of references and external resources. There's enough range to encourage the beginner, but also nudge the advance player. It's a definite must-have in any mandolinist's library.


Don recently weighed in with us on some good news. "I have just signed a second book deal with Wiley & Sons 'Mandolin Exercises For Dummies'" he reports, "with an expected release date sometime in 2014." No doubt a concentrated attack will be an excellent follow up to the success of his first tome.

We also hope you didn't miss the fall release of his most recent CD, "Vibe." We reviewed this in November.

Add this to your list of significant acquisitions, too.
Purchase: Don Julin; Vibe


Posted by Ted at May 13, 2013 4:33 AM

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