The only other necessary comment is that the Oak publication Jesse McReynolds – Mandolin, by Andy Statman is unfortunately out of print, and has been for. His Bill Monroe and Jesse McReynolds influences are especially clear on Andy’s Ramble, a release wi. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Buy a cheap copy of Bluegrass Masters: Jesse McReynolds book by Andy Statman. Free shipping over $

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We had a steel guitar. Another thing Statnan noticed about the way you hold your pick is that your first finger is fairly straight, you don’t bend the last joint much.

I’ve got to have a good balance, for one thing, across the strings, which I never could get out of a Gibson.

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Do you find this gives you any problems with speed, for example on the tremolo? So we were all trying to get started at the same time, in the same town.

Similar Artists See All. What mandolin are you playing at the moment? I would like to be able to play it more, because I love the fiddle, and I always have. The time now is 9: It’s not exposed on the radio, so they’ve got to come out to the bluegrass festivals. The way you use your right hand is the opposite extreme of the free, loose wrist of players like Red Rector. I know what I used it on, because it was deeper, but between the Paganoni and the Lloyd Loar I couldn’t tell the difference.

He plays mandolin like Kenny Baker plays fiddle, he has no bother with his wrist. It’s what I used on the Allen Shelton album, at least some of the tracks.

So I had to start from scratch and work out my own routines.

Bluegrass UnlimitedSeptember Had I read what other people do, I’d probably be playing like them. The main thing I like about what Stiver is doing, I don’t know how he does it, he gets a lot of sustain.


All times are GMT I don’t really remember now what I did on it! My hand just does not work like that! Andy Statman View on Apple Music. Jesse McReynolds book by Andy Statman A reminder that seeking or dealing electronic bootleg copies of this book and any other book, even though out of print, is likely illegal.

Mcrynolds also, some of those open strings give you chord extensions, they’re not mcreynlods part of a major or minor chord.

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Thread Tools Show Printable Version. About Andy Statman Born in Brooklyn but taught bluegrass through mandolin lessons, Andy Statman initially gained recognition in the bluegrass field by anry with Country Cooking and co-founding Breakfast Special.

I know exactly what you mean. Yeah, I try to be original. Did you know them fairly well, did you talk to them or were you on a different kind of circuit? That’s what I did, and no one told me to leave this out, or not to do that, or anything.

What did your family do? As with some other instrumental innovators Bobby Osborne is an immediate examplehis playing has been partly mcreyonlds to the purpose of providing an all-round show with the band; and of course Jesse is as much a singer as an instrumentalist. I have trouble with the finger nail sometimes; if it gets a little long I’ll put that extra note in which is not supposed to be there! If you curve the first finger and support the pick at an angle with the last joint, it gives you a more limber wrist.

He’s good to hold the band together. I do the same type of reverse rolls as on the mandolin. Crosspicking is just one of the techniques he has developed to make the instrument sound the way he wants it to. But where I go statmman the chorus, with one part going up and the other going down, that’s a run that I’ve heard in singing, and I’ve heard guitar players do, in back-up and so on; it’s a pattern that is used quite often.


Another performer we’ve hoped to have over here some time is Ralph Stanley. But I don’t get rhythm on a mandolin, the way Bill Monroe does, I don’t consider myself a good rhythm player. I patterned after Earl Scruggs type of banjo playing.

We just experimented with different things. What sort of band would you have had then, instrumentally?

You seem to have gone along quite a different path from the Stanley Brothers, right from an early stage. If you are mcreynold after the McReynolds crosspicking treatise the Statman book is the way to go.

I thought it was worth it just to hear his ideas.

This provides invaluable information, though it only goes up to We had two guitars, and I did some backup. We don’t sing like Bill, and I’ve never looked on myself as a bluegrass singer. Was this sort of thing improvised in the studio? He’s helped us to record, off and on, throughout the years, with the banjo. When I started, I tried to sound as much like what I heard the banjo playing as I could.

It sgatman be great to have these re-issued on one disc. If you get to the basis of it, Bill Monroe is statmqn, and everyone who plays closely in his style.

People think of you as a mandolin player rather than as a fiddle player. We were within fifty miles of home, jexse the time we were getting started, in fact we stayed home a lot, so we always had that to go back to – and we did go back a few times!

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