Bluegrass Technique Etude - Big Sciota - G-major Run

mandolin lesson Nov 17, 2020

In this video, I show you a good melody etude for improving your mandolin technique. It’s a 4 note melodic sequence that is coming from the tune Big Sciota. Playing an exercise like this will improve both your fretting hand and picking hand technique.

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Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson - Big Sciota - Melody

bluegrass mandolin lesson Nov 10, 2020

In this video, Hayes Griffin plays a traditional tune from his home region called Big Sciota. This tune is a standard in old time and bluegrass circles, and increased in popularity after it was recorded by Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, and Edgar Meyer on their album “Skip, Hop, and Wobble.” Sheet music/tabs, play along track and instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Arpeggio Exercise for Fretboard Knowledge - Mandolin Tutorial

mandolin lesson Nov 03, 2020

In this video,  I show you an arpeggio etude to expand your knowledge of the fretboard. We’re playing the same major arpeggio, 1-2-3-5, for all major chords, back cycling through the circle of fifths. Sheet music/tabs and audio version for this etude you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

 This exercise will improve your skillset of:

  • up-the-neck playing
  • music theory
  • composing
  • improvising

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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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  • Sheet music/Tabs
  • Playalong
  • Backing Tracks
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