Nuages - Melody - Jazz Mandolin Lesson jazz 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....

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The New Grass Chop - Mandolin Lesson bluegrass jazz 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!

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Improve the strength of your pinky - Mandolin Lesson mandolin lesson Aug 18, 2020

In this video I give you three good exercises to improve the strength of your pinky. Some mechanical finger busters, a scale exercise in closed position and melody playing without using open strings.

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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. 

I like to play the chop chords with a new grass...

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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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