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.

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Blue Grass Stomp - Melody - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches you the melody to the classic Bill Monroe tune “Blue Grass Stomp.” This tune is a 12 bar blues in the key of D and is the perfect vehicle to master the authentic Monroe down stroke picking style.

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Bill Monroe Bluegrass Mandolin Lick

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches you a useful lick from the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

This phrase can be used over any Dominant 7th chord, making it very useful for the 5 chord in any key, or over the chord changes to a 12 bar blues.

After watching this lesson, you will come away knowing how to play this lick in open and closed positions so you can move it to any key!

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Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson - Billy in the Lowground - Crosspicking

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches the old-time/bluegrass fiddle tune, Billy in the Lowground. In this arrangement we include some cool cross-picking ideas to add character to the tune.  

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Whiskey Before Breakfast - Chop Chords with Crosspicking - Mandolin Bluegrass Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play the rhythm for the traditional tune Whiskey Before Breakfast.

We’re using chop chords with some added crosspicking.

This is a must-know tune in the Bluegrass genre and the included variations are inspired by players like Jesse McReynolds and Frank Wakefield.

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Improvisation Exercise for Bluegrass Mandolin - Walking Arpeggios

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches a cool exercise called “walking arpeggios”. This is very good for strengthening your improvisation muscle and the ability to outline chord changes. We’re specifically applying this technique to the bluegrass tune Whiskey Before Breakfast.

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Mandolin Crosspicking Lesson - Liza Jane - Bluegrass/Old-Time

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches a crosspicking arrangement of the old-time/bluegrass fiddle tune, Liza Jane.

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Whiskey Before Breakfast with added Hero Licks - Mandolin Bluegrass Lesson

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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

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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

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

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