Bluegrass Chords // Gärdebylåten // Mandolin Lesson // Nordic Folk

Here is a traditional Swedish March called Gärdebylåten.

This is one of the most common fiddle tunes in Scandinavian Folk Music. I like playing it with an American touch adding some bluegrass chop chords.

In this video, I also show you a pro tip for keeping the backbeat rhythm rock steady. 

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs/chords charts (PDF)
  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
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Roanoke // Monroe Style Melody // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play another variation of the melody to the Bill Monroe tune “Roanoke.”

In our previous lesson, Hayes taught the melody as fiddlers would typically play it, but here, Hayes shows you some tips and tricks for how to approach this melody to get more of a Monroe-style sound out of the tune.

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

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Roanoke // Chords // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords to Bill Monroe’s classic fiddle tune, “Roanoke.” Hayes helps you learn the basics of a good bluegrass “chop” sound, a skill that you will need for any other bluegrass tunes you want to learn in the future.

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

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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.

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

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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.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Angeline the Baker - Strumming Chords - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play Angeline the Baker. This is a must-know old-time tune that is very common on all the bluegrass jam session. It’s in the key of D-major and we will back up this one using open position chords. I will also give you a little trade secret for the strumming technique that makes the chord shifts smooth and effortless. 

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

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Angeline the Baker - Melody - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play Angeline the Baker. This is a must-know old-time tune that is very common on all the bluegrass jam session. It’s in the key of D-major and I will show you how to use the technique of alternate picking in an efficient way.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find: 

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

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Bluegrass Chop Chords Lesson - Southern Flavor - Original by Bill Monroe

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you the chords to the classic Bill Monroe tune “Southern Flavor.” After watching this video, you’ll know how to play a basic bluegrass chop pattern with common major and minor chord shapes.

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

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Southern Flavor - Bill Monroe Style - Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin builds upon the basic melody to the tune “Southern Flavor” by adding some right hand activity to make it sound more like Bill Monroe. After watching this video, you’ll know how to play the skeleton melody to Southern Flavor with constant eighth notes in the right hand.

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

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Blue Grass Stomp - Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson - Dominant 7th Chords

In this video Hayes Griffin teaches you how to play two versions of the chords to the Bill Monroe tune “Blue Grass Stomp.”

In Version 1, you will learn to use basic bluegrass chop chords to accompany this tune.

In Version 2, Hayes shows you some common dominant 7th chord shapes to bring out the bluesy character of this tune.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy, you will find:

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

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