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Bluegrass Shack Productions carries a number of different publications, and also the full line of Mel Bay and Hal Leonard publications, including books, CDs, videos, posters, cards, Home Spun, and other miscellaneous items. Listed on our website are the items that we normally have in stock -- which is quite a lot! We can special order any Mel Bay or Hal Leonard item you would like. The main Books & CDs page lists songbooks. Click on the links below for other books on particular instruments. Miscellaneous also contains some subject matter (luthier, biography, etc.) materials.

Songbooks

Banjo

Fiddle/Violin

Dobro

Mandolin

Bass

Miscellaneous

Guitar Books, CDs & DVDs

Acoustic Guitar Primer - $14.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Acoustic Guitar Primer (book & CD). Softcover 74 pgs. This book and CD set is a great place to start learning how to play the acoustic guitar. Complete with pictures showing you how to hold the pick, how to strum correctly, and proper hand positions. Songs on CD in standard musical notation and tablature form. Click here to view the Table of Contents. Click on image for larger view.

Parking Lot Picker's Songbook, by Bill Evans & Bruce Dix. - $29.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

GUITAR EDITION

Book & 2 CDs. This is a great collection of bluegrass, old time, country and gospel standards (over 225 in all). Simple melodies are presented with standard notation and guitar tablature along with lyrics and chords. There are two CDs included with this spiral-bound songbook that contain snippets of every single song in the book.

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A Guitar Maker's Manual, by Jim Williams - $22.99 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book. Softcover, comb binding, 104 pages. Written by one of Australia's foremost luthiers, this manual is a straightforward, profusely illustrated guide to constructing nylon-string classical and steel-string guitars. Includes a useful section on creating the jigs necessary to make the job easier and more accurate, along with full size template diagrams to assist in cutting out and marking the body shape and soundboard bracing patterns. A Guitar Maker's Manual lists all of the materials needed, where to get them and what problems to look out for during the construction. Highly recommended.

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Children's Guitar Chord Book, by William Bay - $6.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book. Softcover 29 pages. I really love this book! It even includes a capo chart on the last page. Chords are shown in chord diagram form with detailed illustrations showing finger positions in relationship to the fretboard. Open chords for folk music as well as power chords for rock music are presented clearly and easily in this text. Suitable for adults, too.

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First Lessons Beginning Guitar, by William Bay - $16.99 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book, CD & DVD (37 minutes). Softcover 40 pages. I highly recommend this set! A step-by-step, concise, user-friendly guide to learning chords, strumming, and songs. Music is presented in the keys of G, D, E minor and C with a play-along CD and DVD. The book also features sections on types of guitars, frequently asked questions, how to string a guitar, and musical and guitar-related terminology. Ideal for beginners of any age.

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First Lessons Flatpicking Guitar, by Joe Carr - $9.99 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book & CD. Softcover 40 pages. This new book is perfect for beginners, players with a little experience and guitarists who want a good grounding in the flatpicking style. Using popular American fiddle tunes, Joe introduces the important basics of good flatpicking including pick direction, fingering, and hand position. The accompanying CD provides a clear performance of each exercise and tune. An introduction to playing up the neck in closed positions is included.

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Chickin' Pickin' Vol. 1, by Johnny Hiland - $19.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book & CD. Softcover 16 pages. Recorded Lessons from one of America's greatest guitarists Johnny Hiland teaches his stellar hi-low, low -hi soloing techniques in a 1-4-5 pattern across the keys of A, D & E. Lessons in standard notation and TAB with complete audio instruction.

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Mel Bay's Complete Accompaniment Method for Guitar, by Dan Bowden - $22.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book & CD. Softcover 128 pages. This unique and effective method will help beginners and more experienced players develop both pick-style and fingerstyle accompaniment abilities with the guitar. The streamlined approach is unique in its efficiency and comprehensiveness. The material encompasses a wide range of strumming and fingerpicking patterns that apply to an infinite number of songs in the rock, folk and country music styles along with ethnic, spiritual and children's music. Also included is a section on moveable chord forms that provides the means for a repertoire that embodies jazz standards, show tunes and beyond. Written using strum notation, standard notation, chord diagrams, and tablature.

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The Martin Book, by Walter Carter - $24.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Book. Softcover 160 glossy pages. The Martin Book is a fresh view of this extraordinary guitar maker, pulling together many strands of musical and manufacturing lore into a fascinating whole that illuminates Martin's long and varied history. Dozens of specially commissioned full-color photographs show every kind of Martin model, some of which come from Martin's own unique collection. Meticulous listings for collectors and enthusiasts simplify the identification of Martin instruments and detail virtually every guitar that the company has produced since the early 1830s. This book would make a great gift, too! Beautiful, glossy pages filled with photos!

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The Legacy of Doc Watson, by Steve Kaufman - $29.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Spiral-bound Book. Softcover 145 pages. The first authorized compilation of Doc Watson's life and music is meant to serve not only as a biography, but also as a unique instructional book. A running dialogue with Doc reveals the story behind each tune, while Steve Kaufman provides additional performance tips. Here's your opportunity to learn from the best! The obvious rapport between the author and his subject produced a formula that fittingly captures the 50-year legacy of a remarkable musician. Written in notation and tablature for the intermediate level flatpicking guitarist with a few nods to fingerstyle technique. Includes an insightful illustrated essay by Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.

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101 Easy Fingerstyle Guitar Solos, by Larry McCabe - $19.95 + $2.75 S/H (US only)

Spiral-bound Book & CD. Softcover 104 pages. This book with CD contains a wealth of time-honored songs arranged for beginning to intermediate guitarists. Many styles are covered including American standards, country songs, blues, hymns and spirituals, calypso, train songs, European standards, children’s songs, Christmas songs, Stephen Foster songs, patriotic songs, light classical, and more. These great-sounding solos can be played on any 6 or 12-string guitar. The companion CD contains every song in the book played note-for-note. I would recommend this book!

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Kids Guitar Vol. 1 & 2 DVD, by Marcy Marxer - $39.95 $2.75 S/H (US only)

2 DVD SET. This is a great starter series for kids! I would highly recommend this set.

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Super Country/Flatpicking Guitar DVD, by Joe Carr - $14.95 + 2.75 S/H (US only)

DVD. Hot electric country guitar licks, bluegrass runs and lightning-quick acoustic flatpicking all require strong right-hand technique. In this thirty-minute DVD designed for acoustic and electric guitarists, country guitar master Joe Carr reveals his method for developing super fast and strong picking. Play-along exercises concentrate on alternating, combination and consecutive down picking. Also featured are Chicken-Picking and Crosspicking. Long after you have learned the basic techniques of flatpicking presented here, you will use this DVD as a great workout, warm-up or exercise tool for developing right-hand power and control.

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Basic Guitar & String Set Up for Acoustic & Electric Guitars, by Tom Kolb - $7.95 + 2.75 S/H (US only)

30-minute Video. Great value! Covers everything from how to hold the guitar to strumming patterns to tuning.

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Basic Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar, Taught by Steve Kaufman - $29.95 + 2.75 S/H (US only)

70-minute DVD. I think this DVD is a must-have for all rhythm guitar players! Video covers the basics of back-up guitar, from the simplest two-chord song to Texas-style fiddle tunes. Players will master bass walks, the Lester Flatt “G run,” altered chords, complex progressions and more. Steve provides valuable insider's tips and gives the techniques and practice sessions needed to play solid back-up in any picking situation.

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Basic Country Flatpicking Guitar, Taught by Dix Bruce - $29.95 + 2.75 S/H (US only)

79-minute DVD. Dix Bruce carefully teaches lead and backup guitar to nine great and classic country, bluegrass, and folk standards, ballads and hot breakdowns played by musicians the world over. Dix demonstrates the basic "bass note/strum" technique and shows how melodies can be easily integrated into known chord patterns. He also teaches the invaluable skill of transposing a song from one key to another. The instruction in this DVD will prepare you to play flatpicked leads in virtually any country, folk, and bluegrass ensemble. A detailed tab/music instructional booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.

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Songbooks

Banjo

Fiddle/Violin

Dobro

Mandolin

Bass

Miscellaneous

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