Nordic Folk Mandolin Lesson // Halls Lilla Vals // Melody

In this video lesson, I show you how to play a Swedish fiddle tune called Halls Lilla Vals. It was written by Jon Erik Hall (1877-1948) from Bergsjö in Hälsingland. The melody starts in D-major, and the second part begins with a B-minor chord. I find it to be an excellent and elegant composition. The mandolin arrangement includes cross-picking and double stops suitable for the mandolin. 

To download the free Sheetmusic/Tabs, click the link below.
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/mandolinmondays 

 Play along tracks and further instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy. 

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Mandolin Mondays Featuring Magnus Zetterlund /// "Halls Lilla Vals"

performance video May 16, 2022

Back on Mandolin Mondays this week, we have Swedish mandolinist Magnus Zetterlund with us playing a beautiful Swedish fiddle tune called "Halls Lilla Vals" written by Jon Erik Hall (1877-1948) from Bergsjö in Hälsingland.

Magnus is playing a sweet electro-acoustic Phoenix Jazz mandolin.
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You can grab a free copy of the sheet music and tabs at:
https://www.mandolinsecrets.com/mandolinmondays



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Boston Boy // Melody // Intermediate Bluegrass Guitar Lesson

guitar guitar lesson May 06, 2022

In this video, I show you how to play the bluegrass fiddle tune “Boston Boy.” This one was made famous by the shoutout Bill Monroe gives this tune in “Uncle Pen” and has since been recorded by pros like Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, and Bearfoot. 

By the end of this video, you will know how to play a basic version of the melody that you can use to make variations or melodic improvisations of your own. 

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions 

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Roanoke // Fiddle Melody // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the classic Bill Monroe fiddle tune, “Roanoke.”

This tune is a right of passage for many bluegrass players, mainly because it is played so darn fast! Never fear though - Hayes gives you some quick tips to maximize the efficiency of your right hand and tackle some of those higher tempos.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Harmony for Minous Vals by Magnus Zetterlund - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play the HARMONY for Minous Vals by me, Magnus Zetterlund. The harmony is using thirds, sixths, and parallel movements but also some counterpoint ideas. 

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Listen to and watch the entire tune and arrangement:
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/minousvals

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Mandolin Lesson - Jazz Blues Melody in D - Jethro’s Jungle

In this video, I’m showing you how to play a single note melody of the jazz-blues, Jethro’s Jungle. This is a original of me, Magnus Zetterlund, in the key of D-major, and we are using some typical jazz and swing mandolin phrases.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Over the Waterfall Chords // Walking Bass Rhythm // Bluegrass Guitar Lesson

guitar guitar lesson Apr 08, 2022

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords to the tune “Over the Waterfall.” This tune is played in bluegrass and old time circles, and is a great example of “modal mixture,” switching between D major and D mixolydian modes. 

By the end of this video, you will know how to play the chords to Over the Waterfall using a bass-strum rhythm pattern with walking bass line notes.

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions 

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#16 Transcription Tips with Marcel Ardans

podcast Apr 08, 2022
 

In this week’s episode, Hayes chats with special guest Marcel Ardans of Lessons with Marcel about transcription, the world of online content creation, and some tips for how to start working out music by ear.  

Here are the web links mentioned in the show:

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https://mandolinsecrets.com/live

Lessons with Marcel

https://lessonswithmarcel.com

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Mandolin Lesson - New Grass Chords - Covid Fever

bluegrass Apr 05, 2022

Play some rhythmic, driving new grass chords on the mandolin for my new bluegrass fiddle tune, Covid Fever.

The work of Bill Monroe inspires the melody, but the accompaniment uses chord voicings I picked up from players like Sam Bush and Wayne Benson.
This style of using A5-, D5-, and E5-chords adds edge to your rhythm and backup playing.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/chord charts
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Over the Waterfall Melody - Bluegrass Guitar Lesson

guitar guitar lesson Apr 01, 2022

In this video, Hayes shows you how to play the melody to the tune “Over the Waterfall.” This tune is played in bluegrass and old time circles, and is a great example of “modal mixture,” switching between D major and D mixolydian modes.   This is a basic "skeletal" version of the melody, so there is plenty of room for you to modify and vary this interpretation once you master it.

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track
  • How-to-play-instructions 

Click Here To Watch Video 

 

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