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...

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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...
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It Don’t Mean a Thing - Jazz Solo Ideas - Mandolin Lesson jazz mandolin lesson youtube May 24, 2022

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.

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Nordic Folk Mandolin Lesson // Halls Lilla Vals // Melody cross-picking mandolin lesson youtube May 18, 2022

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...

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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...

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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. 

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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. 

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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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.  

Here are the web links mentioned in the show:

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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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