Mandolin Lesson - How to play Triplets

mandolin lesson Sep 25, 2020

In this video, I show you how to play the triplets ornament in fiddle tunes. By playing this etude we will focus on the picking directions and develop control and awareness of the up and down strokes.

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Nuages - Melody - Jazz Mandolin Lesson

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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The New Grass Chop - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Sep 01, 2020

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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Chord Inversions - Mandolin Lesson - 3 string voicing in G-major

mandolin lesson Aug 25, 2020

In this video I show you how to play the three chord inversions for any 3-string chord on the mandolin. Study this and learn how to find any major chord on the entire fretboard. It's not a complicated but very powerful skill!

This lesson is a sample of one of the things you will learn in Fretboard Success, my private group coaching program that is helping you master the essential music theory and fretboard patterns for intermediate and advanced playing.

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Improve the strength of your pinky - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Aug 18, 2020

In this video I give you three good exercises to improve the strength of your pinky. Some mechanical finger busters, a scale exercise in closed position and melody playing without using open strings.

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Open String Studies - Picking Hand Exercise - Technique

mandolin lesson Jul 28, 2020

In this video, I show you some open string studies I’ve learned from the great Mike Marshall. It’s an essential technique builder for all mandolin players. 

This is wonderful stuff that will put all awareness into your picking hand and improve your tone, precision, and control. 

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Cherokee Shuffle - American Old Time - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Jul 14, 2020

In this video I show you how I play Cherokee Shuffle. This is a cool old-time tune in the key of A-major that I learned from the great Jerome Henry “Butch” Baldassari. It´s an easy-going melody with a forward-moving chord progression.

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Double String Playing - Mandolin Lesson - Bluegrass - Old Time - Folk Music

mandolin lesson Jul 08, 2020

In this video, I show you how to practice double string playing on mandolin. This gives a rich sound to your fiddle tunes and suits bluegrass, old-time, and a variety of folk music. Sheet music and tabs you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Easy Jazz Mandolin Chords - Autumn Leaves

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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Tarantella Napoletana - Mandolin Lesson - Italian Folk Melody - The Godfather

mandolin lesson May 26, 2020

In this video I play a duo arrangement of Tarantella Napoletana on mandolin and octave mandolin.  This Italian Folk Dance is the tarantella associated with Naples. It is familiar to many viewers of popular media as a stereotypically "Italian" musical riff or melody.
In the films The Godfather (Il Padrino) (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1973) tarantella’s are played in the openings scenes.

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