Harmony Lesson - Minuet in G major by J S Bach - Classical Mandolin Duet

In this video lesson, I show you how to play the harmony for Minuet in G major (BWV Anh. 114) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Our arrangement includes a harmony part that can be played on both the mandolin and the octave mandolin. I will show you both ways in this video. It is a delightful duo arrangement to play and a lovely introduction to classical and Baroque music.

This piece was originally included in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (1725), which JS Bach presented to his second wife. The piece has long been attributed to JS Bach, due to its inclusion in the Notebook, but was actually written for the harpsichord by a contemporary of Bach's, Christian Petzold.

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  • Play-a-long tracks (MP3)
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Gypsy Jazz Chords and Rhythm // Blues for Ike // Octave Mandolin Lesson

Play gypsy jazz rhythm on the octave mandolin. I show you the chords for Blues For Ike by Django Reinhardt in this video. This tune is a 12-bar blues with an interesting twist.

The chord progression is in A and uses the major chord instead of the conventional dominant 7th chord. This tune demonstrates how you can play the “la Pompe” rhythm on both mandolin and octave mandolin.

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Mandolin Solo Arrangement - Jingle Bells

Here is an easy-to-play solo arrangement for Jingle Bells. This is a Christmas tune everyone knows and I guarantee you will make an impression and cheer up the day for your friends and family, playing this arrangement. I’ve included some chord melody, cross picking, and harmonic ideas.

Merry Christmas my mandolin playing friend!

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Sierra Hull Arpeggio Exercise - Mandolin Lesson - Triads Harmonized Scale

Here is an arpeggio exercise I got from the bluegrass mandolin star, Sierra Hull.

We are playing triads for the Harmonized Major Scale in the key of A, and this is a closed position pattern you can move around on different parts of the fretboard, to play in all keys.

It’s a great exercise for building your technique and improving your fretboard knowledge. A must-know line for improvisers.

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