Whiskey Before Breakfast with added Hero Licks - Mandolin Bluegrass Lesson bluegrass mandolin lesson Feb 10, 2021

In this video, I show you how to play the traditional tune Whiskey Before Breakfast with some added hero licks.

This is a must-know tune in the Bluegrass genre and the included variations are inspired by players like Chris Thile and Sierra Hull.

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Playing Harmonies on Mandolin - Bluegrass Lesson - Big Sciota bluegrass Jan 26, 2021

In this video, Hayes Griffin plays a harmony to the traditional tune from his home region, Big Sciota. Playing harmonies is a common technique in American fiddle tunes, and this part adds an extra layer of depth and complexity to this expressive melody.

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Bluegrass Crosspicking - Jesse McReynolds Pattern - Mandolin Lick Lesson bluegrass cross-picking mandolin lesson Jan 21, 2021

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches a great lick based on the Jesse McReynolds crosspicking pattern.

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Wildwood Flower - Crosspicking Arrangement - Mandolin Lesson bluegrass cross-picking mandolin lesson Jan 05, 2021

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches a basic crosspicking version of the tune Wildwood Flower. This is a classic song that was made popular by the Carter Family among others.

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Merry Crosspicking and a Happy New Mandolin Year - Silent Night and Auld Lang Syne mandolin performance mandolin solo Dec 29, 2020

In this video, I play Silent Night and Auld Lang Syne. This is my way of saying thanks for a (weird) but amazing year. Thank you for watching and being a part of the Mandolin Secrets Community!

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Electric Mandolin Lesson - Tiny More - Arpeggio Lick - Western Swing electric mandolin mandolin lesson Dec 22, 2020

In this video, Hayes Griffin will teach you the #1 most common Tiny Moore lick: The 3579 Digital Pattern. You will also learn two exercises that show you how to apply this lick to a 12 Bar Blues in the key of C. 

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Auld Lang Syne - Cross picking Arrangement - Mandolin Lesson cross-picking mandolin lesson Dec 15, 2020

In this video, I show you how to play a solo crosspicking arrangement of Auld Lang Syne.

In the times of covid-19. Learn this crosspicking arrangement, record a smartphone video and send a virtual greeting card to your family and friend for the Holidays. I can guarantee the success! :-)

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Nuages Chord Melody Solo- Jazz Mandolin Lesson jazz mandolin lesson Dec 01, 2020

In this video I show you how to play a chord melody arrangement of Nuages by Django Reinhardt. This is a very beautiful and classic tune in the Gypsy Jazz repertoire that I love to play. For the chord melody there is lot of options for voicing, fingerings and picking directions and there is no...

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Bluegrass Chop Chords - Big Sciota - Mandolin Lesson bluegrass mandolin lesson Nov 24, 2020

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches you the chords to the traditional tune from his home region, Big Sciota.

Hayes likes to play the chords with a bluegrass chop, but many players also use open-string chords for a more “old-time” sound.

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Bluegrass Technique Etude - Big Sciota - G-major Run bluegrass mandolin lesson Nov 17, 2020

In this video, I show you a good melody etude for improving your mandolin technique. It’s a 4 note melodic sequence that is coming from the tune Big Sciota. Playing an exercise like this will improve both your fretting hand and picking hand technique.

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Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson - Big Sciota - Melody bluegrass mandolin lesson Nov 10, 2020

In this video, Hayes Griffin plays a traditional tune from his home region called Big Sciota. This tune is a standard in old time and bluegrass circles, and increased in popularity after it was recorded by Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, and Edgar Meyer on their album “Skip, Hop, and...

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Arpeggio Exercise for Fretboard Knowledge - Mandolin Tutorial arpeggios mandolin lesson Nov 03, 2020

In this video,  I show you an arpeggio etude to expand your knowledge of the fretboard. We’re playing the same major arpeggio, 1-2-3-5, for all major chords, back cycling through the circle of fifths. Sheet music/tabs and audio version for this etude you’ll find in Mandolin...

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