Bluegrass Chop Chords - Big Sciota - Mandolin Lesson

bluegrass Nov 24, 2020

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches you the chords to the traditional tune from his home region, Big Sciota.

Hayes likes to play the chords with a bluegrass chop, but many players also use open-string chords for a more “old-time” sound.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Bluegrass Technique Etude - Big Sciota - G-major Run

mandolin lesson Nov 17, 2020

In this video, I show you a good melody etude for improving your mandolin technique. It’s a 4 note melodic sequence that is coming from the tune Big Sciota. Playing an exercise like this will improve both your fretting hand and picking hand technique.

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  • Standard Notation
  • Tabs
  • Audio Version

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Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson - Big Sciota - Melody

bluegrass mandolin lesson Nov 10, 2020

In this video, Hayes Griffin plays a traditional tune from his home region called Big Sciota. This tune is a standard in old time and bluegrass circles, and increased in popularity after it was recorded by Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, and Edgar Meyer on their album “Skip, Hop, and Wobble.” Sheet music/tabs, play along track and instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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

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Arpeggio Exercise for Fretboard Knowledge - Mandolin Tutorial

mandolin lesson Nov 03, 2020

In this video,  I show you an arpeggio etude to expand your knowledge of the fretboard. We’re playing the same major arpeggio, 1-2-3-5, for all major chords, back cycling through the circle of fifths. Sheet music/tabs and audio version for this etude you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

 This exercise will improve your skillset of:

  • up-the-neck playing
  • music theory
  • composing
  • improvising

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Octave Mandolin Lesson - Chords Accompaniment - Murphy’s Hornpipe - Celtic Traditional

octave mandolin Oct 27, 2020

In this video, I show how I play the octave mandolin accompaniment for Murphy’s Hornpipe. It’s a traditional Irish tune I learned 17 years ago but still love to play it.

For this accompaniment, I focus on playing a strong baseline
It suits this tune well with its forward-moving chord changes.

At the end of the video, I show you how to play the accompaniment on standard mandolin, and the chord voicings I prefer for that. 

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find: 

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Chord Charts
  • Play-along track

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Murphy’s Hornpipe - Irish Traditional Mandolin Duo

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2020

In this video, I play a duo arrangement of a traditional Irish tune on mandolin and octave mandolin. I learned it 17 years ago but still love to play it, it’s called Murphy’s Hornpipe. When playing the melody I play a lot of triplets.
I recommend you to do that as well as it is a very nice and typical ornament for the Celtic style.

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  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-along track

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Mandolin Lesson - How to play Triplets

mandolin lesson Sep 25, 2020

In this video, I show you how to play the triplets ornament in fiddle tunes. By playing this etude we will focus on the picking directions and develop control and awareness of the up and down strokes.

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  • Sheet music/tabs
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Nuages - Melody - Jazz Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Sep 08, 2020

In this video I show you how to play Nuages by Django Reinhardt. This is a very beautiful and classic tune in the Gypsy Jazz repertoire that I love to play. For the melody there is lot of options for fingerings and picking directions and there is no right or wrong, use my suggestion as a guide.  I’m playing to a very good backing track by Martin Gioani.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track

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The New Grass Chop - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Sep 01, 2020

In this video, I show you how to make the CHOP for the new grass chords. It’s a technique I learned from listening to players like Sam Bush, Chris Thile and Wayne Benson. You can use it it a variety of different ways and music styles.

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Chord Inversions - Mandolin Lesson - 3 string voicing in G-major

mandolin lesson Aug 25, 2020

In this video I show you how to play the three chord inversions for any 3-string chord on the mandolin. Study this and learn how to find any major chord on the entire fretboard. It's not a complicated but very powerful skill!

This lesson is a sample of one of the things you will learn in Fretboard Success, my private group coaching program that is helping you master the essential music theory and fretboard patterns for intermediate and advanced playing.

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