• Mike

12) April '19: Waltz Across Texas, Double Stops & Mastering the Fret-board

Updated: Feb 7

Hello fellow mandolin player! I hope this email finds you well, here we are with lesson #12 of the 'Free Monthly Lessons' published via www.mandomike.com. Before we dive into the free lessons, I have an important bit of admin I need to tell you about:

These free lessons have been going for almost a year now and each one is extremely time consuming to create. I have been keeping an eye on the open/download statistics and have decided to make a small change to the free lessons. From now on, I will be combining the Beginner and Intermediate lessons into one lesson called (unsurprisingly) 'Beginner & Intermediate Lesson'. Each one of these lessons will be designed to accommodate both standards of player, so they will start easy, say with the basics of a tune, and then once that is mastered, will move on to making it more difficult and appropriate for intermediate players. This will not only save me a heck of a lot of time (which is not always available to me on tour), but also make the lessons more interesting for you - there aren't that many beginner lessons I can do before I start repeating myself :)

Anyway, boring bit over, on to the free lessons! Here's what's available in the lessons this month:

Beginner & Intermediate

For the Beginner & Intermediate lesson, I want to look at a song called 'Waltz Across Texas' by Ernest Tubb. We'll start by looking at the basics of the melody and chords (there's only 2 of 'em). Then we'll move on to continue our discussion of Double Stops from previous months and look at how the same melody can be played/improved using Double Stops. The lesson pdf can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.


For the Advanced lesson, I want to show you how to you can improve your fretboard knowledge. Using the standard fiddle tune 'Sally Goodin', we'll look at how learning the same tune in 4 different positions can open up the fretboard for future, harder melodies. The lesson worksheet can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.

These lessons are completely free and I intend to try to keep them that way... but this is quite a time consuming exercise for me so if you are enjoying the lessons, please do consider making a donation to MandoMike via the link at the bottom of the homepage .... or go and purchase the new PDF workbook :-)

If you have any questions, or any problems with accessing the lessons or the videos, please just in touch via the contact page.

See you next month! Hope you enjoy the lesson :) Mando Mike

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