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Bach Menuet in G Major BWV Anh. 116 - Classical Mandolin Arrangement - Melody Lesson classical mandolin lesson youtube Aug 15, 2023

In this video lesson, I show you how to play a Minuet in G major (BWV Anh. 116) by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a delightful tune to play on the mandolin and is a lovely introduction to classical and Baroque music, even for jazz, folk, and bluegrass players like me, Magnus Zetterlund. 

Our...

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Mandolin Lesson // Melodic Run and Lick // Two Note Sequence‚Ä® licks youtube Aug 08, 2023

In this mandolin video lesson, I give you a melody sequence for the G-major scale. It’s a two-note pattern that is very useful to practice your technique but also in the form of a vocabulary builder that you can use as a lick in your improvisations. 

I’m even demonstrating how to...

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Bill Monroe's Mandolin 100 years // Majblomman (The Mayflower) // Magnus Zetterlund performance video Jul 08, 2023

 

It's the 100th Anniversary of Bill Monroe's Gibson F-5 mandolin, signed by Lloyd Loar. 

His instrument, the Gibson F-5 Master model with serial number 73987, was tested and approved on July 9th, 1923. It has become the most famous instrument in country and bluegrass music history....

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Majblomman // Melody // Mandolin Lesson mandolin lesson Jul 05, 2023

In this video, I show you how to play a mandolin original called Majblomman by me, Magnus Zetterlund. It’s a lively tune that is fun to play. Majblomman (The Mayflower) is a waltz in A-major with three parts. In this lesson, we are focusing on the melody for the A and B parts. Pay attention...

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Switching Backup to Melody // Mandolin Technique Lesson  mandolin lesson youtube Jun 29, 2023

In this mandolin video lesson, I give my best tips and exercises for going from backup to lead, chords to melody. This is an essential skill; we must practice it to be as fluent as we like. 

I’m demonstrating the exercise with the tune Bill Cheatham, but you can use this concept for...

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Nordic Folk Music // Vals Efter Pål Karl // Octave Mandolin Lesson  mandolin lesson octave mandolin youtube Jun 15, 2023

In this mandolin video lesson, I show you how to play the chords and backup for a traditional Swedish fiddle tune called Vals efter Pål Karl. This dance tune is a waltz from the region of Älvdalen, Dalarna.

The chords used are A5, D, G, and C. The melody is archaic and raw, and the...

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Right or Wrong // Melody // Swing Mandolin Lesson jazz mandolin lesson swing youtube Jun 08, 2023

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the simple melody to the swing standard “Right or Wrong.”

This tune was written in the 1920s, but made popular by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys in the 1930s. By the end of the lesson, you will know how to play a single-note...

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Podcast Episode #24 What instrument pair best with the mandolin?  podcast Jun 04, 2023
 

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

  • What mandolin music are you listening to these days?
  • Does your instrument need a setup now that the weather is warmer?
  • New lesson with Nordic Folk Music, Vals efter Pål Karl
  • Hayes’ new album release with...
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Hoffee Carbon Fibre Cases for Mandolin // Review  gear Jun 02, 2023

I want to share my experience with my new mandolin case from Hoffee Cases in this video. I’m delighted with this case; you can see some of the features in this video. 

It’s a hard-case made in carbon fiber and comparable with Calton Cases, Pegasus cases, and Northfield Airloom...

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Mandolin Lesson // Vals Efter Pål Karl // Swedish Traditional Music mandolin lesson nordic folk youtube May 23, 2023

In this mandolin video lesson, I show you how to play a traditional Swedish fiddle tune called Vals efter Pål Karl. This dance tune is a waltz from the region of Älvdalen, Dalarna. The melody is archaic and raw yet groovy in the A-Dorian mode.

 Our arrangement is a three-part...

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Jazz Mandolin Chords - Djangology by Reinhardt & Grappelli - Rhythm Lesson jazz mandolin lesson youtube May 16, 2023

In this mandolin video lesson, I show you how to play the chords and rhythm track for the gypsy jazz classic ”Djangology” by Django Reinhardt/Stephan Grappelli.

Here you’ll find versatile shapes for diminished chords, Minor 7th chords, Major 6th chords, and Dominant 7th chords...

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