Open String Studies - Picking Hand Exercise - Technique

mandolin lesson Jul 28, 2020

In this video, I show you some open string studies I’ve learned from the great Mike Marshall. It’s an essential technique builder for all mandolin players. 

This is wonderful stuff that will put all awareness into your picking hand and improve your tone, precision, and control. 

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find Sheet music/tabs for this lesson.

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Cherokee Shuffle - American Old Time - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Jul 14, 2020

In this video I show you how I play Cherokee Shuffle. This is a cool old-time tune in the key of A-major that I learned from the great Jerome Henry “Butch” Baldassari. It´s an easy-going melody with a forward-moving chord progression.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/Tabs
  • Playalong
  • Backing Tracks
  • Instructions

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Double String Playing - Mandolin Lesson - Bluegrass - Old Time - Folk Music

mandolin lesson Jul 08, 2020

In this video, I show you how to practice double string playing on mandolin. This gives a rich sound to your fiddle tunes and suits bluegrass, old-time, and a variety of folk music. Sheet music and tabs you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Easy Jazz Mandolin Chords - Autumn Leaves

mandolin lesson Jun 30, 2020

In this jazz mandolin lesson, I’m showing you how to play the chords and rhythm for jazz standard Autumn Leaves. We’re using movable 3-string chords in closed position, that are easy to play. I play it in the key of Dm, because mandolin master Kenneth Jethro Burns recorded it like that.

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Sheet music, tabs, and play along for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

If you want to master this style of comping, I recommend my course “Jazz Comping Guide”. That one is also part of MSA.
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Octave Mandolin Chords & Comping - How to play Italian Folk Dance - Tarantella Napoletana

octave mandolin Jun 24, 2020

In this video I show you how to play an octave mandolin accompaniment for Tarantella Napoletana. We use closed 4-string chords and 3-string chords. This Italian Folk Dance is the tarantella associated with Naples. It is familiar to many viewers of popular media as a stereotypically "Italian" musical riff or melody. 

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

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Jazz Mandolin Solo Etude - Autumn Leaves - Improvisation Lesson

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2020

This is a lesson for the improvising jazz mandolin player. I’m showing you an 8-note solo etude for jazz standard Autumn Leaves. I play it in the key of Dm because mandolin master Kenneth Jethro Burns recorded it like that.

This is a series of videos for this song:

  • Chord Melody (intermediate)
  • Melody (beginner)
  • Chords (intermediate)
  • Solo Etude (advanced)

 Sheet music, tabs, and play along for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Tarantella Napoletana - Mandolin Lesson - Italian Folk Melody - The Godfather

mandolin lesson May 26, 2020

In this video I play a duo arrangement of Tarantella Napoletana on mandolin and octave mandolin.  This Italian Folk Dance is the tarantella associated with Naples. It is familiar to many viewers of popular media as a stereotypically "Italian" musical riff or melody.
In the films The Godfather (Il Padrino) (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1973) tarantella’s are played in the openings scenes.

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

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Jazz Mandolin Beginner Lesson - Autumn Leaves - Melody

mandolin lesson May 19, 2020

This is a beginner’s lesson for jazz mandolin. I’m showing you how to play a straight forward melody arrangement for jazz standard Autumn Leaves.

I play it in the key of Dm, because mandolin master Kenneth Jethro Burns recorded it like that.

This is a series of videos for this song:

  • Chord Melody (intermediate)
  • Melody (beginner)
  • Chords (intermediate)
  • Solo Etude (advanced)

Sheet music, tabs and play along for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Cool Modal Solo Idea - Diamond Chain Arpeggios - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson May 12, 2020

In this video I show you how to use the two string arpeggios I call diamonds. I use them to get a cool sound to modal improvisation and soloing.

  • Solo
  • Improvising
  • Arpeggios
  • Scale

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Autumn Leaves - Chord Melody - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Apr 28, 2020

In this lesson, I’m showing you how to play a simple chord melody arrangement for jazz standard Autumn Leaves.

I play it in the key of Dm because Jethro Burns recorded it like that. Other common keys are Gm and Em. 

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This is a series of videos for this song:

  • Chord Melody (intermediate)
  • Melody (beginner)
  • Chords (intermediate)
  • Solo Etude (advanced)

 

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