Bluegrass Chords // Gärdebylåten // Mandolin Lesson // Nordic Folk

Here is a traditional Swedish March called Gärdebylåten.

This is one of the most common fiddle tunes in Scandinavian Folk Music. I like playing it with an American touch adding some bluegrass chop chords.

In this video, I also show you a pro tip for keeping the backbeat rhythm rock steady. 

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs/chords charts (PDF)
  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Swing Ending Lick // Jazz Mandolin Lesson

Here is a swing lick that works well for ending a jazz tune like the pros!

We play the phrase in the key of A, Bb and C major. Then we demonstrate it for the songs Blues For Ike and All Of Me. It’s a must-know line for improvisers, spicing up a simple major scale with some blues sound.  

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Guitarists - Should You Learn to Read Sheet Music? // Guitar Lesson

guitar guitar lesson Sep 09, 2022

In this video, Hayes tackles an age-old question for guitar players - should you learn to read sheet music?

By the end of the video, you’ll have some interesting points to help you decide whether or not it is worth it for you to invest the time in learning to read standard notation.

If you DO want to read sheet music, you’ll find a handy quick guide to reading standard notation inside of the Guitar Club.

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Podcast Episode #19 Magnus and Hayes Reunion

podcast Sep 09, 2022
 

In this week’s episode, Magnus and Hayes are discussing:

Hayes’ and Magnus’ reunion after 7 years! Highlights include:

  • Swedish Midsummer
  • Torsåker Bluegrass Festival and Jimmy Sunnebrandt
  • Red Diamond Mandolins
  • Bingjsö Stämman
  • Ondra Kozak

 

Here are weblinks mentioned in the show.
https://mandolinsecrets.com/podcast

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Gärdebylåten Mandolin Lesson // Swedish Folk // Melody

mandolin lesson youtube Sep 09, 2022

Here is a traditional Swedish march called Gärdebylåten. This is one of the most common fiddle tunes in Scandinavian Folk Music.

I like playing it with an American touch adding some Western swing and bluegrass element to it.

In this video I also show you how to use the legato style that is common in the Nordic music, applying hammer-ons and trills.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs (PDF)
  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Luther Perkins Rhythm Guitar Lesson

guitar guitar lesson Sep 02, 2022

In this guitar lesson, Hayes teaches you how to sound like those classic early Johnny Cash records by unpacking Luther Perkins' rhythm guitar style. 

By the end of the lesson, you will know how to play three variations of Luther's signature rhythm pattern. Hayes also gives you some tips for how to dial in your amp and pedal board to sound like Johnny's cuts on Sun Records. 

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

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

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Roanoke // Monroe Style Melody // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play another variation of the melody to the Bill Monroe tune “Roanoke.”

In our previous lesson, Hayes taught the melody as fiddlers would typically play it, but here, Hayes shows you some tips and tricks for how to approach this melody to get more of a Monroe-style sound out of the tune.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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10 Best Mandolin Blogs and Websites

Uncategorized Aug 23, 2022

Yes!  The Mandolin Secrets website was ranked #2 on this list for Mandolin Websites in 2022. We are very proud of this! 
Check out the complete list below.
https://blog.feedspot.com/mandolin_blogs/ 

On Feedspot you can also find other interesting articles, like the one listed below about study hacks.
https://blog.feedspot.com/study_hacks_blogs/

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Podcast Episode #18 What´s the worst musical advice?

podcast Aug 19, 2022
 

In this week’s episode, Magnus and Hayes are discussing:

•   Take aways from the music-summer so far.

•   What is your favorite instrument that you own?

•   What's the worst musical advice you were ever given?

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Octave Mandolin Lesson // Margaret’s Waltz // Chords

In this video lesson, I show you how to play the chords for the fiddle tune Margaret’s Waltz. The octave mandolin accompaniment includes baselines and the typical waltz rhythm for major and minor chords like A, D, E, and Bm and C#m. The tune was written by Pat Shuldam Shaw (1917-1977) in 1959. This is an A-major melody, and it’s a charming composition in the music traditions of England, Scotland, and the Shetlands. You can also play this accompaniment on the mandolin.

 

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs (PDF)
  • Play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

 

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