New Grass Chords - Mandolin Lesson - Cherokee Shuffle folk mandolin lesson Aug 11, 2020

In this video I show you how I play new grass chords in the style of Sam Bush. I demonstrate it for Cherokee Shuffle that is a cool old-time tune in the key of A-major. It´s an easy-going melody with a forward-moving chord progression. 

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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,...

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Cherokee Shuffle - American Old Time - Mandolin Lesson folk 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.

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Double String Playing - Mandolin Lesson - Bluegrass - Old Time - Folk Music bluegrass folk 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 jazz 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...

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Octave Mandolin Chords & Comping - How to play Italian Folk Dance - Tarantella Napoletana mandolin lesson 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"...

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Jazz Mandolin Solo Etude - Autumn Leaves - Improvisation Lesson jazz mandolin lesson 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.

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Tarantella Napoletana - Mandolin Lesson - Italian Folk Melody - The Godfather mandolin lesson octave mandolin 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.
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Jazz Mandolin Beginner Lesson - Autumn Leaves - Melody jazz 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.

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Cool Modal Solo Idea - Diamond Chain Arpeggios - Mandolin Lesson arpeggios bluegrass 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 jazz 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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Mandolin Technique for Italian Tarantella - Tutorial mandolin lesson Apr 23, 2020

In this video lesson I’m showing you how to play the picking pattern I use for Italian Tarantella. Down-Up-Down, Down-Up-Down. This is a simple and powerful exercise for right and left hand technique. A-minor scale sequence.

  • Down-Up-Down
  • Picking technique
  • Scale
  • Precision and speed

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