Archive for July 2014

New Tabs! The Rain Song, Back in Black, Sunshine of Your Love, & Live and Let Die!

Well, many of you will now benefit from the work put into this year’s mandolin camp.  I have posted tabs to Zeppelin’s The Rain Song (my most requested tune to tab), AC/DC’s Back in Black, Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love, and Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die.  These each demonstrate that with some forethought and understanding of your instrument, you can arrange unlikely rock tunes for mandolin (one of the workshops at camp this year).  Please consider making a donation if you use these tabs, as substantial work went into them (and campers got them as part of their tuition). All are available on the Tablature page.

Richter Mandolin Camp 2014 recap/Mandolin Camp 2015 news



2014 Campers

The 2014 Richter Mandolin Camp is now over.  It’s 4th year was a success with co-instruction from Don Julin and 23 attendees from around the country, coming as far as New Mexico and Colorado.  The camp spent much time on developing musical identity, learning the mandolin fretboard, jamming for dummies, how to arrange rock tunes for mandolin (including Pinball Wizard, Sunshine of Your Love, Back in Black, and Live and Let Die).  The faculty concert included Will Kimble, Jim Richter and Gordon Bonham, and Don Julin and Billy Strings.

2015’s 5th Richter Mandolin Camp will be the last scheduled, subsequently being put on temporary hiatus while Jim works on his dissertation.  Due to camper response, next year’s camp will be at least one day longer and filled to the brim with even more flavor.  The dates tentatively scheduled are Wednesday 7/29 through Saturday 8/1.  It will again be held in Bloomington, Indiana at the Grant Street Inn.  Contact Jim Richter for info.

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:

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:

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
  • Recommended Artists & Tunes
  • Video
  • Social Networks
  • Mandolin identification
  • Kimble Mandolins
  • Discography
  • In-Tuition albums

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