Tennessee Blues Chords // Bill Monroe // Mandolin Lesson

In this mandolin lesson, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords to the Bill Monroe tune “Tennessee Blues.”

There are many ways that modern players choose to interpret this tune, but here Hayes uses the unique “crooked time” signature of the original Bill Monroe version to show you how to play some standard bluegrass chop chords.  

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

In this video lesson, I show you how to play the Minuet in G major (BWV Anh. 114) by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a delightful tune to play on the mandolin and is a lovely introduction to classical and Baroque music.

Thanks to Academy member Jane Gregory for her contribution and wonderful playing.

Our mandolin arrangement includes a melody part and a harmony part that can be played on both mandolin and octave mandolin.

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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Scale Exercise for The Dorian Mode - Mandolin Lesson

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In this video, we are playing a scale exercise for the Dorian mode.

This is a perfect 10 Minute Challenge if you want to improve your technique and experience more flow in your melody playing. I’m demonstrating the exercise to the jig rhythm, the 6/8 meter, but I will also show you how to adapt this sequence to the 4/4 time for a more bluegrass type of groove.

We will also uncover a bit of music theory behind the Dorian mode.

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Tennessee Blues // Bill Monroe Melody // Mandolin Lesson

In this mandolin lesson, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the melody to the Bill Monroe tune “Tennessee Blues.”

There are many ways that modern players choose to interpret this tune, but this lesson is focused on learning the unique “crooked time” signature of the original Bill Monroe version.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

  • Sheet music/tabs
  • Play-a-long and backing tracks
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Irish Mandolin Lesson - Wren's Nest - Jig Melody

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Here is a mandolin duo arrangement of the Irish tune called Wren's Nest.
This jig was written by the great fiddler Frankie Gavin of De Dannan.

It's a driving melody in E using the Dorian mode. I also included an octave mandolin accompaniment, but we are focusing on the melody in this video lesson.

This tutorial is published with the kind permission of Simon Haines Music.

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  • Sheet music/tabs (PDF)
  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

 

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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. 

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Swing Ending Lick // Jazz Mandolin Lesson

Here is a swing lick that works well for ending a jazz tune like the pros!

We play the phrase in the key of A, Bb and C major. Then we demonstrate it for the songs Blues For Ike and All Of Me. It’s a must-know line for improvisers, spicing up a simple major scale with some blues sound.  

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  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

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Gärdebylåten Mandolin Lesson // Swedish Folk // Melody

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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 Western swing and bluegrass element to it.

In this video I also show you how to use the legato style that is common in the Nordic music, applying hammer-ons and trills.

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  • Sheet music/tabs (PDF)
  • Backing and play-a-long tracks (MP3)
  • How-to-play-instructions

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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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Four Ways To Play the Waltz Rhythm - Mandolin Lesson and Octave Mandolin

In this video, we’ll look deeply at the waltz rhythm. We will play four variations of a solid accompaniment on the mandolin and the octave mandolin.

We are also going into some music theory, and you will come out of this with a better understanding of rhythm, swing, and groove.

To fully understand the waltz rhythm, I think it’s also necessary to check out the dance, so I’m also going to show you my magical moves on the dance floor. ;-)

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