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 fluidity of your right hand in no time.

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find:

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

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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. 

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

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 includes double stops suitable for our instrument.

This tune is published with the kind permission of EFDSS.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • 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. 

Inside Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club, you will find:

  • TAB
  • Sheet Music
  • Backing Tracks

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Podcast Episode #17 How to play swing rhythm?

podcast May 27, 2022
 

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

  • Hayes' upcoming Western Swing Rhythm Guitar Webinar
  • Do you teach mandolin or guitar? Tell us your #1 tip for folks trying to learn!
  • What mental tools do you rely on for improvisation? Arpeggios? Scales? Sounds inside your head?
  • Magnus' upcoming Jazz Mandolin Webinar

 

Here are weblinks mentioned in the show.

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https://mandolinsecrets.com/live

Learn more about the upcoming Western Swing webinar on May 28th, 2022:
https://mandolinsecrets.com/guitarwebinar

Learn more about the upcoming Jazz Mandolin webinar on June 11th, 2022:
https://mandolinsecrets.com/webinar

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It Don’t Mean a Thing - Jazz Solo Ideas - Mandolin Lesson

Play a simple but very efficient solo line for the jazz standard “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if you ain’t got that swing)”. In this video, I give you an improvisation framework using guidelines and target notes to get the pleasant sound of chromatics.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Nordic Folk Mandolin Lesson // Halls Lilla Vals // Melody

In this video lesson, I show you how to play a Swedish fiddle tune called Halls Lilla Vals. It was written by Jon Erik Hall (1877-1948) from Bergsjö in Hälsingland. The melody starts in D-major, and the second part begins with a B-minor chord. I find it to be an excellent and elegant composition. The mandolin arrangement includes cross-picking and double stops suitable for the mandolin. 

To download the free Sheetmusic/Tabs, click the link below.
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/mandolinmondays 

 Play along tracks and further instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy. 

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Mandolin Mondays Featuring Magnus Zetterlund /// "Halls Lilla Vals"

performance video May 16, 2022

Back on Mandolin Mondays this week, we have Swedish mandolinist Magnus Zetterlund with us playing a beautiful Swedish fiddle tune called "Halls Lilla Vals" written by Jon Erik Hall (1877-1948) from Bergsjö in Hälsingland.

Magnus is playing a sweet electro-acoustic Phoenix Jazz mandolin.
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You can grab a free copy of the sheet music and tabs at:
https://www.mandolinsecrets.com/mandolinmondays



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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. 

By the end of this video, you will know how to play a basic version of the melody that you can use to make variations or melodic improvisations of your own. 

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

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

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