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Bluegrass Music

The Music Department has a wealth of resources for bluegrass musicians and enthusiasts. From instructional books and songbooks to audio and video material, all you need is your library card to take some items home with you. Next thing you know, you'll be happily at home reading, listening or picking the hours away!
Here are just a few examples of the materials we have:

 

Bluegrass Books - History & Criticism

AUTHOR / TITLE CALL NUMBER
The Bluegrass Reader ML3520.B54 2004
Fleischhauer, Carl
Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-1986
q ML3520.F6 2001
Ledgin, Stephanie P.
Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass
ML3520.L43 2004
Rosenberg, Neil V.
Bluegrass: A History
ML3520 .R67 1985
Willis, Barry R.
America's Music: Bluegrass (A History of Bluegrass Music in the Words of Its Pioneers)
q ML3520.W55 1992

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Bluegrass Periodicals

The Music Department subscribes to the monthly publications Bluegrass Unlimited and Banjo Newsletter.

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Bluegrass Songbooks

AUTHOR / TITLE CALL NUMBER
Bluegrass Complete (voice & piano, incl. guitar & banjo chords) (r)q M1630.18 .B6247 1997x
Cyporyn, Dennis
Bluegrass Songbook: Eighty-eight Original Folk and Old-time Mountain Tunes (banjo, guitar, voice)
q M1630.18.C97 B6
Jones, Edward Huws
The American Fiddler : Old-time, Bluegrass, Cajun and Texas Style Fiddle Tunes of the USA (violin, piano)
q M1629.A48 1998x
Monroe, Bill
Monroe Instrumentals: 25 Bill Monroe Favorites (mandolin, fiddle)
q M130.M66 M6 2002x
Trischka, Tony
The Tony Trischka Collection (banjo)
q M121.T66 1999x
Wernick, Peter
Bluegrass Songbook (banjo, guitar, voice)
q M1630.18 .B625

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Bluegrass Books - Instruction & Study

The Music Department has books on how to play the various traditional bluegrass instruments. Here are some examples:

AUTHOR / TITLE CALL NUMBER
Griffin, Neil
Mel Bay's Deluxe Bluegrass Banjo Method
q MT562 .G72x
Kochman, Marilyn, ed.
Big Book of Bluegrass
q ML3520 .B5 1984x
Statman, Andy
Teach Yourself Bluegrass Mandolin
q MT608 .S85
Thompson, Eric
Bluegrass Flatpicking and Crosspicking Guitar
q MT582.T499 2003x
Thompson, Eric
Fancy Fiddle Tunes for Flatpicking Guitar
q MT582.T4995 2003x
White, Roland
Roland White's Approach to Bluegrass Mandolin
q MT602.W35 2001x
Wicklund, Brian
American Fiddle Method
q MT279.5.W57 1997x

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Bluegrass CDs

The father of bluegrass is Bill Monroe (1911-1996) and the Music Department has over twenty CDs with his music. Start with him and then move on to discs by his bandmates, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt.   Another important act during the formative years of bluegrass is the Stanley Brothers (and brother Ralph Stanley is still playing music today).

Below are some multi-disc box sets to get you familiar with the early days of bluegrass:

ARTIST / TITLE CALL NUMBER
The Best of King and Starday Bluegrass Cw Bes #22998
Blazing Bluegrass Cw Bla #26601
Bluegrass Bonanza Cw Blu #18512
Bluegrass: Classic Sides Remastered Cw Blu #23572
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers
Selected Sides, 1947-1953: The Very Best of Bluegrass
Cw Fla #26592
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
All the Classic Releases, 1937-1949
Cw Mon #23702

Pittsburgh's own Mac Martin (1925- ) has been performing traditional bluegrass since the 1940s and can be heard on the following discs:
ARTIST / TITLE CALL NUMBER
Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers
The Best of: 24 Bluegrass Favorites
Cw Mar 33257
Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers
Travelin' On
Cw Mar 33256
Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers
Venango
Cw Mar 33255

And finally, you can do a subject search in our catalog for Bluegrass music -- 2001-2010 to find dozens of CDs by artists still performing this music today.

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Bluegrass Videos & DVDs

History & Performance

TITLE CALL NUMBER
Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music (DVD) ML420.M5595 B54 1999x
Bill Monroe: The Legend Lives On (DVD) M1630.18.B4617 2003x
Bluegrass: Country Soul (DVD) M1630.18.B6213 2006x
Bluegrass Journey (DVD) ML3520.B537 2003x

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How-To Videos & DVDs

TITLE CALL NUMBER
The Banjo of Ralph Stanley (DVD) MT568.B26 2005x
Bluegrass Fiddle Boot Camp (DVD) MT262.B68 2002x
Bluegrass Jamming: A Guide for Newcomers and Closet Pickers (VIDEO) Mus I Ban
Bluegrass Mandolin (DVD) MT608.B58 2005x
Essential Techniques for Dobro (DVD) MT599.D6 E87 2002x
Learning Bluegrass Fiddle (DVD) MT279.5.L43 2004x
The Sam Bush Mandolin Method (DVD) MT602.S15 2003x


 

Remember, we have many more items in all of the above categories so please ask a librarian if you wish to find more.

Updated by TRW. February 2009.