Sweet Georgia Brown Melody - Jazz Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the melody to the swing standard “Sweet Georgia Brown.” This song is nearly a century old and has become a favorite jam tune in jazz, swing, Western swing, and even bluegrass circles!

At the end of the lesson, you will know how to play the melody to this tune in the key of F major. 

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Angeline the Baker - Strumming Chords - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play Angeline the Baker. This is a must-know old-time tune that is very common on all the bluegrass jam session. It’s in the key of D-major and we will back up this one using open position chords. I will also give you a little trade secret for the strumming technique that makes the chord shifts smooth and effortless. 

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Angeline the Baker - Melody - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play Angeline the Baker. This is a must-know old-time tune that is very common on all the bluegrass jam session. It’s in the key of D-major and I will show you how to use the technique of alternate picking in an efficient way.

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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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Bluegrass Chop Chords Lesson - Southern Flavor - Original by Bill Monroe

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you the chords to the classic Bill Monroe tune “Southern Flavor.” After watching this video, you’ll know how to play a basic bluegrass chop pattern with common major and minor chord shapes.

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Harmony for Waltz of the Dreams - Mandolin Lesson

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In this video, I show you how to play the harmony for Waltz of the Dreams by me, Magnus Zetterlund. This is a tune in D-major and the harmony suits both the mandolin and the octave mandolin.

Sheet music, tabs and instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy.

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Southern Flavor - Bill Monroe Style - Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin builds upon the basic melody to the tune “Southern Flavor” by adding some right hand activity to make it sound more like Bill Monroe. After watching this video, you’ll know how to play the skeleton melody to Southern Flavor with constant eighth notes in the right hand.

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Pull-Off Lines - Mandolin Technique Lesson

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Here’s another lesson that puts legato playing in your toolbox. This will make your melody playing even more expressive. I’ll show you how to use the pull-off technique that is a fretting hand articulation. 

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Octave Mandolin Chords - Waltz of the Dreams - Rhythm Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play the chords for Waltz of the Dreams by me, Magnus Zetterlund. I play it on my octave mandolin in the key of D-major, and I include some very nice chords like the Gadd9 and Bmadd9.

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Mandolin Lesson - Waltz of the Dreams - Melody

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In this video, I show you how to play the melody for Waltz of the Dreams by me, Magnus Zetterlund.

This is a melody loaded with Nordic Folk music, and I included some hammer-ons and pull-offs that you can use for all your repertoire to make your melody playing even more expressive.

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