Archive for August 2014

Richter Mandolin PDF formatted book now has linked video and audio

Richter MRichter Mandolin 3rd Editionandolin 3rd Edition PDF (sold through this site; digital interactive version sold through Apple iTunes bookstore for iPad only) has been updated to include links to audio and video of the book’s lesson.  For sale for $10 through this website’s store.

Aerosmith “Dream On” tab now posted & Progression Files added

I have now posted Aerosmith’s Dream On to the tablature page.  It is the tablature for this video:



Also I have now begun attaching Progression/Notion files to tabs.  These can be viewed on your iPad, Mac, and PC with either the Progression or Notion apps (the iPad apps are called Progression for iPad and Notion for iPad).  This is the best tab software I’ve found that is intuitive, has a great interface, real audio instruments, great sheet music production, and allows for combination of both written and tabbed music.  These can be purchased through PreSonus and the iTunes App store (for iPad). – See more at:

Richter Mandolin 3rd Edition blues/rock Instruction now available as PDF download

Richter Mandolin 3rd EditionRichter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock, & Alt-Folk Mandolin Edition 3 now available as a PDF Digital Download is now offering Edition 3 as an immediate PDF digital download.  It has everything from the iPad version of Edition 3 except for the embedded media files and interactivity.  Most audio and video files can be found at this permanent location on the website. Price is $10 (immediate digital download-45MB) 

Dream On (Aerosmith): YouTube video

An interesting mandolin arrangement of Aerosmith’s Dream On. Tablature to be posted in September.

New Tab added: Grant Street Rock

New tab added–Grant Street Rock.  This is a tune I wrote for this year’s 4th annual Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us.  It is a slinky tune w/ lots of syncopation.  As was last year’s tune (Grant Street Blues–also on the tab page), it’s named after one of the Camp’s sponsors and seat of activities, the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.  Website tabs are now available through a low $5 per year subscription (to help cover the cost of this website, as its bandwidth is taxed by over 50,000 visits per year–most to the tabs page).

Richter Mandolin Camp T-Shirts Now Available in Store

I have several left over T-Shirts from all 4 years of the camp in the Storefront.  These are available for $20 shipping included in the USA.  Each year has limited sizes available.

2014 Richter Camp T-Shirt2013 Richter Camp T-Shirt2012 Camp T-Shirt2011 T-Shirt

Live and Let Die: Bouzouki

This is a demonstration of my arrangement of Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney) that I developed for a class I taught at my mandolin camp this summer on arranging rock standards for mandolin.  Obviously, the cool part of the tune–the Gminor hook between the opening verse and the reggae-influenced bridge–is what drives this arrangement.  As the tune is in G, the Gminor section translates very well to mandolin.  Instead of playing in open/first position, I play in third position and allow the open G and D strings to drone while playing the melody.  This approach gives the tune a larger, symphonic sound.  The tab is on the Tablature page.

New tabs/lessons: box patterns and triads

Straight forward triad and minor pentatonic box pattern exercises/studies available on the Tablature page. Tablature page now subscription only

Hello all

In the past two years of the current incarnation of the website, I have had 100,000 visits–80,000 of them unique users.  During that time I have had 100,000 visits to my tablature page.  This bandwidth usage is expensive.  Until now, I’ve operated according to a donation only “give as you see fit” philosophy.  However, in 2 years, of those 100,000 visits to my tablature page, I have only had a handful of donations (maybe 20?).

To continue my efforts to fund a doctoral education, as well as to fund continued growth and maintenance of this website, I have chosen to create an inexpensive subscription service.  Everything expect those items on the Tablature page and the Storefront remains free.  However, the Tablature of this website is available for $5 per year.  This is inexpensive enough for most people to pay it, is affordable given the number of unique tabs offered, and collectively helps meet my goals laid out earlier.  I have hesitated initiating a subscription service, but feel now is the time.

Those who subscribe will now be designated “Tab Supporters.”  A one year membership gives one unlimited access to the Tablature/Lessons page.  This entitles the subscriber to:

  • all available tabs
  • to monthly updates of the tab section
  • the ability to request tabs (honored when possible)
  • other premium content as content arises
  • and the knowledge that you’re incentivizing my transcription efforts, ensuring more regular updates, continued financial support of the site, and sponsorship of my creative efforts.

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