Traditional Scandinavian Dance Music on Mandolin, Guitar & Fiddle - Polska efter Juringius

performance video youtube Nov 21, 2022

In this video, we play a traditional Nordic dance tune on the mandolin guitar and fiddle. This is Polska after Juringius, Sweden.

We recorded a spontaneous jam session in Falun, Sweden early July 2022. The band is Magnus Zetterlund (Sweden) mandolin, Hayes Griffin (Ohio, US) guitar, and Ondra Kozak (Czech republic) fiddle.

If I could do ONE thing for the rest of my life, it would be this; playing Swedish fiddle tunes with musicians like Hayes and Ondra in my studio. I enjoy this 100 %!  

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Tennessee Blues Chords // Bill Monroe // Mandolin Lesson

In this mandolin lesson, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords to the Bill Monroe tune “Tennessee Blues.”

There are many ways that modern players choose to interpret this tune, but here Hayes uses the unique “crooked time” signature of the original Bill Monroe version to show you how to play some standard bluegrass chop chords.  

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Classical Mandolin Duet - Melody Lesson - Minuet in G major by J S Bach

In this video lesson, I show you how to play the Minuet in G major (BWV Anh. 114) by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a delightful tune to play on the mandolin and is a lovely introduction to classical and Baroque music.

Thanks to Academy member Jane Gregory for her contribution and wonderful playing.

Our mandolin arrangement includes a melody part and a harmony part that can be played on both mandolin and octave mandolin.

This piece was originally included in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (1725), which JS Bach presented to his second wife. The piece has long been attributed to JS Bach, due to its inclusion in the Notebook, but was actually written for the harpsichord by a contemporary of Bach's, Christian Petzold.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Wren's Nest - Octave Mandolin and Irish Bouzouki - Chord Lesson

octave mandolin youtube Nov 02, 2022

Here is a mandolin duo arrangement of the Irish tune called Wren's Nest. This jig was written by the great fiddler Frankie Gavin of De Dannan. I

included an octave mandolin accompaniment, and we are using some powerful chord voicing suitable for Celtic rhythm playing. The chords used are Em, A, G, D in different inversions. 

The accompaniment can also be played on the mandolin or Irish bouzouki. My tuning is GDAE.

This tutorial is published with the kind permission of Simon Haines Music.

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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Acoustic Swing Music - Sweet Georgia Brown - Mandolin & Guitar

performance video youtube Oct 28, 2022

In this video, we are playing the swing standard “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

This song is nearly a century old and has become a favorite jam tune in jazz, swing, Western swing, and even bluegrass circles!

We recorded a spontaneous jam session in Falun, Sweden early July 2022. The band is Magnus Zetterlund (Sweden) mandolin, Hayes Griffin (Ohio, US) mandolin, and Ondra Kozak (Czech republic) guitar. 

Sheet music, tabs, audio tracks and instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Podcast Episode #20 What gear and software do you use for recording?

podcast Oct 21, 2022
 

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

  • Do you use a rounded pick or one with more of a point?
  • What are the top 3 qualities of your favorite musician?
  • Do you record yourself practicing or playing? What gear and/or software do you use?
  • Gear, software and musicians mentioned in the show:
    -     Olympus LS-14 hand recorder
    -     Jacob Jolliff Band - Outbound Plane 

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Scale Exercise for The Dorian Mode - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson youtube Oct 18, 2022

In this video, we are playing a scale exercise for the Dorian mode.

This is a perfect 10 Minute Challenge if you want to improve your technique and experience more flow in your melody playing. I’m demonstrating the exercise to the jig rhythm, the 6/8 meter, but I will also show you how to adapt this sequence to the 4/4 time for a more bluegrass type of groove.

We will also uncover a bit of music theory behind the Dorian mode.

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

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Tennessee Blues // Bill Monroe Melody // Mandolin Lesson

In this mandolin lesson, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the melody to the Bill Monroe tune “Tennessee Blues.”

There are many ways that modern players choose to interpret this tune, but this lesson is focused on learning the unique “crooked time” signature of the original Bill Monroe version.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long and backing tracks
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Irish Mandolin Lesson - Wren's Nest - Jig Melody

mandolin lesson youtube Oct 04, 2022

Here is a mandolin duo arrangement of the Irish tune called Wren's Nest.
This jig was written by the great fiddler Frankie Gavin of De Dannan.

It's a driving melody in E using the Dorian mode. I also included an octave mandolin accompaniment, but we are focusing on the melody in this video lesson.

This tutorial is published with the kind permission of Simon Haines Music.

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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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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