Roanoke // Fiddle Melody // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

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 efficiency of your right hand and tackle some of those higher tempos.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Harmony for Minous Vals by Magnus Zetterlund - Mandolin Lesson

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. 

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Listen to and watch the entire tune and arrangement:
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/minousvals

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Mandolin Lesson - Jazz Blues Melody in D - Jethro’s Jungle

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

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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. 

By the end of this video, you will know how to play the chords to Over the Waterfall using a bass-strum rhythm pattern with walking bass line notes.

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

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

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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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https://lessonswithmarcel.com

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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.
This style of using A5-, D5-, and E5-chords adds edge to your rhythm and backup playing.

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

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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 "skeletal" version of the melody, so there is plenty of room for you to modify and vary this interpretation once you master it.

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find: 

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

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Jazz Blues Chords - Swing Mandolin Lesson

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. 

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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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

After this lesson, you will have a great tool to incorporate into your daily practice routine. 

In Mandolin Secrets Guitar Club you’ll find:

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

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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 root vegetables in the pantry for this lesson

By the end of the video, you’ll know two different guitar variations in 3 keys for this common kick-off phrase adapted from the fiddle.

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

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