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NOW RELEASED: Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin

Newly released for iPad and Macintosh is Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin. In Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin, mandolinist Jim Richter shares insights and techniques that


2nd Edition of Richter Mandolin Now Available as a PDF Digital Download

2nd Edition Now Available as a PDF Digital Download (without iPad edition media) With the soon-to-be-released Edition 3 of the Richter Mandolin iBook on iTunes, I am now offering Edition 2 as


RICHTER & BONHAM’S HOOTENANNY! HAS RETURNED AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

IT IS BACK, ALIVE & KICKING!  Hootenanny!! A Blues and Old-Time Country Pickin’ Party by Gordon Bonham & Jim Richter Originally released on DVD and now out-of-print, Hootenanny! is again available–this time


Couple spots open for Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

Due to a couple of cancellations, there are a couple spots available for the 2014 Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington Indiana this July 24th-26th.  This camps


Thile’s Smoothie Song transcription/tab

After attending an amazing Nickel Creek reunion show in Indianapolis last week, I very seriously lamented no longer having my Kimble octave mandolin.  However, with a little pocket cash, I


NOW RELEASED: Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin

Richter Mandolin 3rd EditionNewly released for iPad and Macintosh is Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin.

In Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin, mandolinist Jim Richter shares insights and techniques that punctuate his style of blues, rock, and folk mandolin.  Key to this edition are three chapters that address stylistic development, motivation, and self-conceptualization as a mandolinist.  Almost 50 pages of tablature and 10 pages of diagrams in this 140 page volume cover concepts such as soloing, pentatonic scales, back-up, double-stops, and arpeggios.  This book would not be considered a method book; rather, it could be considered a tip book for rock and blues styling.  More about mandolinist Jim Richter can be found at his website:  http://www.jimrichter.com

What’s New In This Revamped Edition:

This 3rd Edition of Richter Mandolin represents an extreme rewrite of Edition 2.  The 3rd Edition is almost twice the length, has improved readability, more tabs, more lessons, color photographs, three chapters on musical motivation and stylistic development, an enlarged glossary, and increased interactivity.  Unlike Edition 2, this edition is not a free upgrade to previous owners.  Notes: This edition is now over 400MB in size. Please download via a WiFi connection. Also, an iMac or iPad 2 or newer advised for successful viewing.

To purchase:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/richter-mandolin/id890951974?mt=13

Table of Contents for 3rd Edition (140 pages in length)

  • Preface
  • A Little About Jim Richter
  • Operator’s Manual
  • CHAPTER: Why Mandolin
  • What Do you Want?
  • CHAPTER: Warm-Up and Technique
  • Technique Practice:  Triads
  • Crosspicking Using Double Stops and Open Strings
  • CHAPTER: Back-Up
  • Back-up preface
  • Two-note Chords That Emphasize Bass & Rhythm
  • Rock Chord Exercise
  • Movable Chord Shapes in Rock and Blues
  • Rock Rhythms
  • Hendrix-type Chords
  • Crosspicking 7th Chord Walks–Guitar Style
  • Shuffles
  • Double Stop Shuffling
  • Blues Bass Lines
  • G7 Chord Study
  • CHAPTER: Soloing
  • Soloing preface
  • Closed Arpeggio Patterns
  • Double Stops
  • 2 note chord exercise
  • Crossingpicking Arkansas Traveler
  • Closed Major & Minor Pentatonic Patterns
  • “Over the Four”
  • Soloing example:  3rd Edition Rockin’ Blues
  • Blues Study in Bb
  • CHAPTER: Turnarounds & Destinations
  • Turnarounds & Destinations preface
  • Turnarounds in E and D
  • Moving from the I to the IV
  • CHAPTER:  Wrap-Up
  • Pulling it all together to build style
  • CHAPTER: Tunes
  • Pine Grove Furnace–written by Jim Richter
  • El Gallo Supremo–written by Jim Richter
  • The New Kimble Waltz–written by Jim Richter
  • Cleona–written by Jim Richter
  • Micaela–written by Jim Richter
  • Grant Street Blues–written by Jim Richter
  • Bile Them Cabbage Down–Arranged by Jim Richter
  • FINALE:
  • Recommended Artists & Tunes
  • Video
  • Social Networks
  • Mandolin identification
  • Kimble Mandolins
  • Discography
  • In-Tuition albums

- See more at: http://www.jimrichter.com/?page_id=145#sthash.KtSMnw80.dpuf


2nd Edition of Richter Mandolin Now Available as a PDF Digital Download

Richter Book2nd Edition Now Available as a PDF Digital Download (without iPad edition media)

With the soon-to-be-released Edition 3 of the Richter Mandolin iBook on iTunes, I am now offering Edition 2 as an immediate digital download.  It has everything from the iPad version of Edition 2 except for the media files.

Price is $5 (immediate digital download-14MB)


RICHTER & BONHAM’S HOOTENANNY! HAS RETURNED AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

IT IS BACK, ALIVE & KICKING!  Hootenanny!! A Blues and Old-Time Country Pickin’ Party by Gordon Bonham & Jim Richter

Hootenanny!Originally released on DVD and now out-of-print, Hootenanny! is again available–this time as a $10 instant digital download.

Filmed live at the Crazy Horse Pub in November, 2003, blues master Gordon Bonham and mandolinist Jim Richter explore the rich overlapping of Blues and Old-Time Country music and show how one is not too far removed from the other. 70 minute concert.

Go to jimrichter.com to purchase


Couple spots open for Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

Due to a couple of cancellations, there are a couple spots available for the 2014 Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington Indiana this July 24th-26th.  This camps utilizes a unique teaching approach and focuses on blues, rock, and alternative mandolin styles.  Taught by Jim Richter and Don Julin, it has entered its 4th year and has attracted students from across the nation and Canada.  Email Jim at jim@jimrichter.com to express interest.


Thile’s Smoothie Song transcription/tab

After attending an amazing Nickel Creek reunion show in Indianapolis last week, I very seriously lamented no longer having my Kimble octave mandolin.  However, with a little pocket cash, I did go out and buy a usable bouzouki (until one of you nice people will donate a quality octave to me:) ) as Thile lit my ass to arrange for octave again (and to kick start my mandolin practice, as well).

Thus, I’ve spent the last couple days working on “Smoothie Song” from This Side (probably my favorite Nickel Creek album until the new one came out–isn’t Sean Watkin’s “21st of May” kick ass?).  As I have not provided any tabs in 9 months, I now submit my loose transcription of the head for “Smoothie Song.”  This, in my opinion, is probably the best rock mandolin tune, outside of several by Sam Bush (such as Stingray, Crooked Smile, etc.).

It’s a very accessible tune in the key of D with lots of opportunity for D blues riffs.  Measures, such as 39-41, are not rhythmically written out.  Listen to the recording for how Thile strums through there.

Available under the “Chris Thile” header on the Tablature page.


’14 Richter Mandolin Camp: Pretty Much Full!

The 2014 Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us is now full, though we can always add a couple of spots, if needed.  The online registration has been taken down due to the limited availability.  If you wish to come, please contact Jim directly at jim@jimrichter.com


Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us: Only 6 spots left.

The Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington Indiana has 8 spots remaining.  It will be held from Thursday July 24th through Saturday July 26th and will be co-taught by mandolin extraordinaire Don Julin.  Registration and payment can be completed on line at the http://www.jimrichter.com website

 


Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us–Only 8 spots left!

The Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in Bloomington Indiana has 8 spots remaining.  It will be held from Thursday July 24th through Saturday July 26th and will be co-taught by mandolin extraordinaire Don Julin.  Registration and payment can be completed on line at the http://www.jimrichter.com website


2014 Richter Camp: Only 12 spots left

The 2014 Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us is at 1/2 full.  Only 12 spots remaining.  Let me know if I need to reserve you a spot!


2014 Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us–4th year!! Registration now open.

Jim Richter, the Grant Street Inn, and Kimble Mandolins announce the 4th Annual Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us” w/ special guest Don Julin 

Rosemary, Don, and Jim

The 2014 third annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”–with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Thursday July 24th through Saturday July 26th at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.

Please read more at its official page


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