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.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Jazz Mandolin Beginner Lesson - Autumn Leaves - Melody

mandolin lesson May 19, 2020

This is a beginner’s lesson for jazz mandolin. I’m showing you how to play a straight forward melody arrangement 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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Cool Modal Solo Idea - Diamond Chain Arpeggios - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson May 12, 2020

In this video I show you how to use the two string arpeggios I call diamonds. I use them to get a cool sound to modal improvisation and soloing.

  • Solo
  • Improvising
  • Arpeggios
  • Scale

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Autumn Leaves - Chord Melody - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Apr 28, 2020

In this lesson, I’m showing you how to play a simple chord melody arrangement for jazz standard Autumn Leaves.

I play it in the key of Dm because Jethro Burns recorded it like that. Other common keys are Gm and Em. 

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This is a series of videos for this song:

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

 

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Mandolin Technique for Italian Tarantella - Tutorial

mandolin lesson Apr 23, 2020

In this video lesson I’m showing you how to play the picking pattern I use for Italian Tarantella. Down-Up-Down, Down-Up-Down. This is a simple and powerful exercise for right and left hand technique. A-minor scale sequence.

  • Down-Up-Down
  • Picking technique
  • Scale
  • Precision and speed

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Mandolin Duo - Vals efter Lasse i Lyby - Nordic Folk

In this video I play a duo arrangement of a Swedish traditional dance tune on mandolin and octave mandolin. This is a waltz from southern Sweden.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Color Chords - add9 and sus4 - mandolin lesson

In this video I show you how to play add9 and sus4 chords on the mandolin and octave mandolin.

  • D-minor
  • F-major
  • Bb-major
  • C-major
  • Add9 (Sus2)
  • Sus4 (Add11)

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Octave Mandolin Tutorial - Celtic Music - Chords & Rhythm

mandolin lesson Feb 25, 2020

In this octave mandolin video I’m showing you how to play accompaniment and chords for a traditional tune from Ireland. I got this version after the Clare fiddler Tola Custy. When playing Celtic jigs on mandolin I use the down-up-down picking pattern. Chords and rhythm works well for both octave and standard mandolin.

  • D-major
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Accompaniment
  • down-up-down picking pattern

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Strumming - Picking - Comping - Mandolin Lesson

mandolin lesson Feb 18, 2020

This is a common and simple chord vamp that will make you the singer/songwriter’s best friend. A combined strumming and picking pattern for the chords G - D - Em - C. 

It works well for both mandolin and octave mandolin, and I demonstrate that in this video. 

We will develop:

  • Open position chords
  • Strumming
  • Alternate Picking
  • Right hand
  • Harmony

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