It Don’t Mean a Thing - Chords - Jazz Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you the chords to the classic Duke Ellington tune “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

After watching this video, you’ll know how to play a basic “Freddie Green” style swing rhythm pattern with common 7th chord shapes.

You’ll also add cool chromatics to your accompaniment. 
"CHROMATIC EMBELLISHMENTS Of Static Harmony lines"(!)

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Jazz Mandolin Lesson - It Don’t Mean a Thing - melody

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the classic Duke Ellington tune “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

First, Hayes teaches you a basic melody similar to what a vocalist would sing, then he breaks down how to play a simple harmonized melody using chord tones and double stops.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Jazz Mandolin Lesson - Avalon - Chords and Rhythm

jazz mandolin lesson Apr 20, 2021

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches you the chords to the swing standard, “Avalon.” This is an essential tune if you like to play swing, gypsy jazz, or Western Swing music. After watching this lesson, you will come away knowing how to play Freddie Green style rhythm using common jazz mandolin chord shapes.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Swing Mandolin Lesson - Avalon - Melody

jazz mandolin lesson Mar 23, 2021

In this video, Hayes Griffin teaches you the melody to the swing standard, “Avalon.”

This is an essential tune if you like to play swing, gypsy jazz, or Western Swing music. After watching this lesson, you will come away knowing the single-note melody, as well as learning the melody in 6ths with some syncopation.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Tiny More - Chromatic Lick - Western Swing - Electric Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes teaches you a common phrase that shows up in almost every Tiny Moore solo - the "chromatic lick."

You will learn how to apply this lick to dominant 7th chords and practice your knowledge using the 12 Bar Blues in C.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

This is a series of four video lessons, where you will learn some of the most common licks and phrases from swing mandolin master, Tiny Moore. You find the complete series in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Nuages Chord Melody Solo- Jazz Mandolin Lesson

jazz mandolin lesson Dec 01, 2020

In this video I show you how to play a chord melody arrangement of Nuages by Django Reinhardt. This is a very beautiful and classic tune in the Gypsy Jazz repertoire that I love to play. For the chord melody there is lot of options for voicing, fingerings and picking directions and there is no right or wrong, use my suggestion as a guide.

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Nuages - Melody - Jazz Mandolin Lesson

jazz mandolin lesson Sep 08, 2020

In this video I show you how to play Nuages by Django Reinhardt. This is a very beautiful and classic tune in the Gypsy Jazz repertoire that I love to play. For the melody there is lot of options for fingerings and picking directions and there is no right or wrong, use my suggestion as a guide.  I’m playing to a very good backing track by Martin Gioani.

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  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long track

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The New Grass Chop - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to make the CHOP for the new grass chords. It’s a technique I learned from listening to players like Sam Bush, Chris Thile and Wayne Benson. You can use it it a variety of different ways and music styles.

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Easy Jazz Mandolin Chords - Autumn Leaves

jazz mandolin lesson Jun 30, 2020

In this jazz mandolin lesson, I’m showing you how to play the chords and rhythm for jazz standard Autumn Leaves. We’re using movable 3-string chords in closed position, that are easy to play. I play it in the key of Dm, because mandolin master Kenneth Jethro Burns recorded it like that.

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Sheet music, tabs, and play along for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

If you want to master this style of comping, I recommend my course “Jazz Comping Guide”. That one is also part of MSA.
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Jazz Mandolin Solo Etude - Autumn Leaves - Improvisation Lesson

jazz mandolin lesson Jun 03, 2020

This is a lesson for the improvising jazz mandolin player. I’m showing you an 8-note solo etude for jazz standard Autumn Leaves. I play it in the key of Dm because mandolin master Kenneth Jethro Burns recorded it like that.

This is a series of videos for this song:

  • Chord Melody (intermediate)
  • Melody (beginner)
  • Chords (intermediate)
  • Solo Etude (advanced)

 Sheet music, tabs, and play along for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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