Margaret’s Waltz - Mandolin Lesson - Melody

mandolin lesson youtube Jun 21, 2022

In this video lesson, I show you how to play the fiddle tune Margaret’s Waltz. It was written by Pat Shuldam Shaw (1917-1977) in 1959. This is an A-major melody, and it’s a charming composition in the music traditions of England, Scotland, and the Shetlands. The mandolin arrangement includes double stops suitable for our instrument.

This tune is published with the kind permission of EFDSS.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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It Don’t Mean a Thing - Jazz Solo Ideas - Mandolin Lesson

Play a simple but very efficient solo line for the jazz standard “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if you ain’t got that swing)”. In this video, I give you an improvisation framework using guidelines and target notes to get the pleasant sound of chromatics.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Nordic Folk Mandolin Lesson // Halls Lilla Vals // Melody

In this video lesson, I show you how to play a Swedish fiddle tune called Halls Lilla Vals. It was written by Jon Erik Hall (1877-1948) from Bergsjö in Hälsingland. The melody starts in D-major, and the second part begins with a B-minor chord. I find it to be an excellent and elegant composition. The mandolin arrangement includes cross-picking and double stops suitable for the mandolin. 

To download the free Sheetmusic/Tabs, click the link below.
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/mandolinmondays 

 Play along tracks and further instructions for this tune you’ll find in Mandolin Secrets Academy. 

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Roanoke // Fiddle Melody // Bluegrass Mandolin Lesson

In this video, instructor Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the classic Bill Monroe fiddle tune, “Roanoke.”

This tune is a right of passage for many bluegrass players, mainly because it is played so darn fast! Never fear though - Hayes gives you some quick tips to maximize the efficiency of your right hand and tackle some of those higher tempos.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Harmony for Minous Vals by Magnus Zetterlund - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I show you how to play the HARMONY for Minous Vals by me, Magnus Zetterlund. The harmony is using thirds, sixths, and parallel movements but also some counterpoint ideas. 

 In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Listen to and watch the entire tune and arrangement:
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/minousvals

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Mandolin Lesson - Jazz Blues Melody in D - Jethro’s Jungle

In this video, I’m showing you how to play a single note melody of the jazz-blues, Jethro’s Jungle. This is a original of me, Magnus Zetterlund, in the key of D-major, and we are using some typical jazz and swing mandolin phrases.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Jazz Blues Chords - Swing Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I’m showing you how to play the jazz-blues in the key of D-major. We are using three-string chord shapes that work very well for this style of playing rhythm.

You will play the Freddie Green four-to-the-bar style and the Charleston rhythm. 

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Jazz Blues with Double Stops - Jethro’s Jungle - Mandolin Lesson

In this video, I’m showing you how to play the jazz-blues Jethro’s Jungle in the key of D-major. This is a original of me, Magnus Zetterlund, and we are using some double stops and typical jazz and swing mandolin phrases.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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To get a comprehensive understanding of the jazz blues form, check out my Fretboard Success program, following the link below.
http://www.mandolinsecrets.com/fretboardsuccess

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Nordic & Folk’Avant - Minous Vals - Live from Palladium Malmö November 2021

Here’s a live concert video from Swedish folk music ensembles Nordic and Folk’Avant. We are performing Minous Vals by me, Magnus Zetterlund. The concert was recorded at Palladium in Malmö, in November 2021.

In Mandolin Secrets Academy you’ll find:

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

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Listen to the tune and add it to your streaming service:
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Ghost Note Strum - Mandolin Technique Lesson

mandolin lesson youtube Feb 08, 2022

This video shows you how to do the Ghost Note Strum, a percussive technique that I use a lot for a more expressive mandolin style.

A ghost note has a rhythmic value but not a pitch. So, when you mute the strings with your fretting hand and strike them with the pick, that is a ghost note.

We are doing an A-major and C-Major scale exercise in the closed position.

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

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