Boston Boy // Melody // Intermediate Bluegrass Guitar Lesson guitar guitar lesson May 06, 2022

In this video, I show you how to play the bluegrass fiddle tune “Boston Boy.” This one was made famous by the shoutout Bill Monroe gives this tune in “Uncle Pen” and has since been recorded by pros like Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, and Bearfoot. 

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Roanoke // Fiddle Melody // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson bluegrass mandolin lesson youtube May 03, 2022

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the classic Bill Monroe fiddle tune, “Roanoke.”

This tune is a right of passage for many bluegrass players, mainly because it is played so darn fast! Never fear though - Hayes gives you some quick tips to maximize the...

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Harmony for Minous Vals by Magnus Zetterlund - Mandolin Lesson mandolin lesson original youtube Apr 27, 2022

In this video, I show you how to play the HARMONY for Minous Vals by me, Magnus Zetterlund. The harmony is using thirds, sixths, and parallel movements but also some counterpoint ideas. 

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Mandolin Lesson - Jazz Blues Melody in D - Jethro’s Jungle blues jazz mandolin lesson youtube Apr 20, 2022

In this video, I’m showing you how to play a single note melody of the jazz-blues, Jethro’s Jungle. This is a original of me, Magnus Zetterlund, in the key of D-major, and we are using some typical jazz and swing mandolin phrases.

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Over the Waterfall Chords // Walking Bass Rhythm // Bluegrass Guitar Lesson guitar guitar lesson Apr 08, 2022

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords to the tune “Over the Waterfall.” This tune is played in bluegrass and old time circles, and is a great example of “modal mixture,” switching between D major and D mixolydian modes. 

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#16 Transcription Tips with Marcel Ardans podcast Apr 08, 2022
 

In this week’s episode, Hayes chats with special guest Marcel Ardans of Lessons with Marcel about transcription, the world of online content creation, and some tips for how to start working out music by ear.  

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Mandolin Lesson - New Grass Chords - Covid Fever bluegrass Apr 05, 2022

Play some rhythmic, driving new grass chords on the mandolin for my new bluegrass fiddle tune, Covid Fever.

The work of Bill Monroe inspires the melody, but the accompaniment uses chord voicings I picked up from players like Sam Bush and Wayne Benson.
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Over the Waterfall Melody - Bluegrass Guitar Lesson guitar guitar lesson Apr 01, 2022

In this video, Hayes shows you how to play the melody to the tune “Over the Waterfall.” This tune is played in bluegrass and old time circles, and is a great example of “modal mixture,” switching between D major and D mixolydian modes.   This is a basic...

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Jazz Blues Chords - Swing Mandolin Lesson blues jazz mandolin lesson swing youtube Mar 29, 2022

In this video, I’m showing you how to play the jazz-blues in the key of D-major. We are using three-string chord shapes that work very well for this style of playing rhythm.

You will play the Freddie Green four-to-the-bar style and the Charleston rhythm. 

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String Skipping with Sixths - Guitar Technique Lesson guitar guitar lesson Mar 25, 2022

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play sixths using the G major scale. This exercise is designed to:

1) improve right hand accuracy by playing non-adjacent strings

2) improve left hand strength and dexterity by playing the familiar major scale in a fresh way

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How to Kick Off Any Bluegrass Fiddle Tune - Flatpicking Guitar Lesson guitar guitar lesson Mar 18, 2022

Ever been confused by someone at a jam asking you to kick off a tune with 4 potatoes?

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you the only technique you’ll ever need to kick off a bluegrass or old time fiddle tune - potatoes! And just to be clear from the get-go, you can leave your...

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Podcast Episode #15 How to play FAST & FLUENT? podcast Mar 11, 2022
 

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

  • Magnus’ new Academy release Covid Fever. This tune is a new composition and his first bluegrass fiddletune, inspired by Bill Monroe. 
  • If you could take a lesson with any player out there, who would it be and...
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