Gypsy Jazz Chords and Rhythm // Blues for Ike // Octave Mandolin Lesson

Play gypsy jazz rhythm on the octave mandolin. I show you the chords for Blues For Ike by Django Reinhardt in this video. This tune is a 12-bar blues with an interesting twist.

The chord progression is in A and uses the major chord instead of the conventional dominant 7th chord. This tune demonstrates how you can play the “la Pompe” rhythm on both mandolin and octave mandolin.

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

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Major 6 Chromatic Ending Phrase // Jazz and Swing Guitar Lesson

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Looking to spice up the ending of your swing and jazz solos? Check out this chromatic Major 6th (or Minor 7th) lick!

By the end of the video, Hayes will show you how to master this lick in the key of F, so you can put it to work straight away on standards like Sweet Georgia Brown and Avalon. 

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

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Roanoke // Chords // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords to Bill Monroe’s classic fiddle tune, “Roanoke.” Hayes helps you learn the basics of a good bluegrass “chop” sound, a skill that you will need for any other bluegrass tunes you want to learn in the future.

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

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3 Finger Major Scale Pattern for Guitar

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In this video, Hayes teaches you how to play a major scale pattern for guitar that uses 3 fingers per string. Most guitarists learn some variation of “CAGED” scale patterns, but this pattern can be a great addition to those other scale patterns for things like quickly amending the guitar neck or fast triplet licks. 

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

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

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Banjolit Dr. Arm - Mandolin Armrest - What? Why? How?

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In this video Magnus Zetterlund and Hayes Griffin show you the Banjolit mandolin armrest, Dr. Arm. We answer the questions WHAT it is, WHY we’re using one, HOW to get one and HOW to install one. 

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https://banjolit.com/product-category/armrests/mandolin-armrest/

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Ultimate Right Hand Workout // Rhythmic Subdivisions // Guitar Technique Lesson

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In this lesson, Hayes shows you a great workout to improve your ability to switch between different rhythmic subdivisions like quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, sixteenth notes, and even odd subdivisions like 5 and 7!

Add this to your daily routine and you’ll improve the strength and fluidity of your right hand in no time.

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

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Avalon // Jazz Mandolin Duo // Magnus Zetterlund and Hayes Griffin

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In this video, Magnus Zetterlund and Hayes Griffin are playing the swing standard, “Avalon” by Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva, and Vincent Rose. Magnus is playing a Phoenix Neo Bluegrass mandolin and Hayes is playing a Red Diamond A-style 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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Margaret’s Waltz - Mandolin Lesson - Melody

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In this video lesson, I show you how to play the fiddle tune Margaret’s Waltz. It 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. The mandolin arrangement includes double stops suitable for our instrument.

This tune is published with the kind permission of EFDSS.

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

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How to Construct ANY Major Scale on Guitar // Beginner Music Theory Lesson

In this lesson, Hayes teaches you the secret formula to the foundation of most Western styles of music - The Major Scale!

By the end of the video, you will know how to use simple intervals like the whole step and half step to construct linear, single-string major scales on your guitar.

If you want a PDF visual reference for the major scale or access to our monthly Q&A Calls, check out Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club.

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The Note Name Fixer - Guitar Fretboard Mapping Exercise

guitar guitar lesson Jun 10, 2022

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you a great exercise to memorize all of the notes on your guitar. This one was originally created by Magnus for the mandolin, but works great on the guitar!

After watching this video, you will have a clear method for mapping your guitar fretboard using just your index finger, the musical alphabet (chromatic scale), and the Circle of 5ths. 

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  • TAB
  • Sheet Music
  • Backing Tracks

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