Octave Mandolin Lesson // Margaret’s Waltz // Chords octave mandolin lesson youtube Aug 16, 2022

In this video lesson, I show you how to play the chords for the fiddle tune Margaret’s Waltz. The octave mandolin accompaniment includes baselines and the typical waltz rhythm for major and minor chords like A, D, E, and Bm and C#m. The tune was written by Pat Shuldam Shaw (1917-1977) in...

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Four Ways To Play the Waltz Rhythm - Mandolin Lesson and Octave Mandolin mandolin lesson octave mandolin lesson youtube Aug 11, 2022

In this video, we’ll look deeply at the waltz rhythm. We will play four variations of a solid accompaniment on the mandolin and the octave mandolin.

We are also going into some music theory, and you will come out of this with a better understanding of rhythm, swing, and groove.

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Right or Wrong // Melody // Western Swing Guitar Lesson guitar guitar lesson Jul 29, 2022

In this video, Hayes shows you how to play the swing standard “Right or Wrong.” "Right or Wrong" was written by Arthur Sizemore and Paul Biese, and Haven Gillespie back in 1921, and was a major hit for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1936 and George Strait in 1984.

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Gypsy Jazz Chords and Rhythm // Blues for Ike // Octave Mandolin Lesson jazz mandolin mandolin lesson swing Jul 26, 2022

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...

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Major 6 Chromatic Ending Phrase // Jazz and Swing Guitar Lesson guitar guitar lesson Jul 15, 2022

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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Roanoke // Chords // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson bluegrass mandolin lesson youtube Jul 12, 2022

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...

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3 Finger Major Scale Pattern for Guitar guitar guitar lesson Jul 08, 2022

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...

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Banjolit Dr. Arm - Mandolin Armrest - What? Why? How? gear youtube Jul 07, 2022

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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Ultimate Right Hand Workout // Rhythmic Subdivisions // Guitar Technique Lesson guitar guitar lesson Jul 01, 2022

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...

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Avalon // Jazz Mandolin Duo // Magnus Zetterlund and Hayes Griffin jazz performance video Jun 30, 2022

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. 

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Margaret’s Waltz - Mandolin Lesson - Melody mandolin lesson youtube Jun 21, 2022

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...

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How to Construct ANY Major Scale on Guitar // Beginner Music Theory Lesson guitar guitar lesson music theory Jun 17, 2022

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.

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