Sweet Georgia Brown Chords - Jazz Mandolin Lesson

In this video, Hayes Griffin shows you how to play the chords 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 chords to this tune in the key of F major.

Hayes also shows you a bit of music theory, explaining how to these chords outline the Circle of Fifths and use chromatically descending tritone resolutions.

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Mandolin Solo Arrangement - Auld Lang Syne

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In this video, I play an arrangement of Auld Lang Syne. I’m using the cross-picking technique, including the melody in the top-line and the bassline. To learn more about the cross-picking approach, see our complete course, Mandolin Crosspicking.

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Christmas Song on Octave Mandolin - Silent Night

Merry Christmas! Here is an easy-to-play solo arrangement for Silent Night that I play on my octave mandolin. This song is a Christmas tune everyone knows, and I guarantee you will make an impression and cheer up the holidays for your friends and family, playing this arrangement. In Mandolin Secrets Academy, you find different lessons for this tune, including single note melody, chords, basic chord melody, and detailed solo arrangement. There is sheet music, tabs, instructions, and audio tracks for all video lessons.

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Mandolin Solo Arrangement - Jingle Bells

Here is an easy-to-play solo arrangement for Jingle Bells. This is a Christmas tune everyone knows and I guarantee you will make an impression and cheer up the day for your friends and family, playing this arrangement. I’ve included some chord melody, cross picking, and harmonic ideas.

Merry Christmas my mandolin playing friend!

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Sierra Hull Signature Slide - Mandolin Technique Lesson - Three Octave Arpeggio

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In this video I show a cool slide technique that I got from the bluegrass mandolin star, Sierra Hull. For me this technique is really a signature sound from players like her, Chris Thile and Adam Steffey.

We are playing a Three Octave Arpeggio in the key of G, playing the root(1), third(M3) and fifth(5) of the chord, and connecting the position shifts with the signature slide.  This is a good technique to include when you want to play smooth and modern melody lines.

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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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Hurdy Gurdy Polska - Melody - Nordic Folk Guitar Lesson

In this video I show you how to play a traditional dance tune from Gotland, the beautiful island on the west coast of Sweden. This one is called Vevlirepolskan, Groddaliran, or Groddapolskan. The melody is in G-major mode and we're using the Drop-D-tuning.

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Drop-D Guitar Chord Lesson - Hurdy Gurdy Polska - Nordic Folk

In this video I show you how to play a traditional dance tune from Gotland, the beautiful island on the west coast of Sweden. This one is called Vevlirepolskan, Groddaliran, or Groddapolskan. We are playing some powerful chords for the Drop-D-tuning, that we use a lot when playing Nordic Folk Guitar. G5, C5, D5, Am, G/B, D/F#

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