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

After this lesson, you...

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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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Jazz Blues with Double Stops - Jethro’s Jungle - Mandolin Lesson blues jazz mandolin lesson youtube Mar 01, 2022

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

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet...
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Nordic & Folk’Avant - Minous Vals - Live from Palladium Malmö November 2021 mandolin performance original youtube Feb 22, 2022

Here’s a live concert video from Swedish folk music ensembles Nordic and Folk’Avant. We are performing Minous Vals by me, Magnus Zetterlund. The concert was recorded at Palladium in Malmö, in November 2021.

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  • Sheet music/tabs
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Ghost Note Strum - Mandolin Technique Lesson mandolin lesson youtube Feb 08, 2022

This video shows you how to do the Ghost Note Strum, a percussive technique that I use a lot for a more expressive mandolin style.

A ghost note has a rhythmic value but not a pitch. So, when you mute the strings with your fretting hand and strike them with the pick, that is a ghost note.

We are...

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Angeline the Baker - Mandolin Crosspicking arpeggios mandolin lesson youtube Feb 01, 2022

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to spice up the fiddle tune “Angeline the Baker” with some right hand arpeggiation, also known as “crosspicking.”

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Podcast Episode #14 What is Crosspicking? podcast Jan 28, 2022
 

In this week’s episode, Magnus and Hayes discuss:  

•   What is crosspicking? 

•   What are the most essential components of your practice space? 

•   Some favorite cleaning/maintenance products for your instrument.

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Music Maker - Set Your Mandolin and Guitar Goals for 2022 youtube Jan 25, 2022

We want to embrace the opportunity with the start of a new year to set some good mandolin and guitar goals. In this video, I will share some tips for making your own SMARTER goals that will set you up for a successful 2022. 

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#13 Do you have any New Year's resolutions for music? podcast Jan 14, 2022
 

In this week’s episode, Magnus and Hayes catch up after the New Year, discussing:

  • Do you have any New Year's resolutions for music?
  • Do you have any tips for fingerboard mapping (memorizing the notes on the fingerboard)?
  • Magnus new cross picking arrangement of Auld Lang Syne

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