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15) July '19: How to accompany fiddle players & the hardest fiddle tune

Updated: Feb 7

Hello fellow mandolin player! I hope this blog post finds you well, I am excited to be bringing you lesson #15 of the 'Free Monthly Lessons' published via www.mandomike.com. I'm very pleased with how the lessons have come out this month, and I hope you'll enjoy the two areas I've chosen to look at; one is the hardest fiddle tune on the mandolin and one is looking at accompanying fiddle players. Here's a bit more info on what I have in store for you all:

Beginner & Intermediate - How to accompany Fiddle players

For the Beginner & Intermediate lesson, I want to look at how we can go about accompanying fiddle players. We'll start with a look at different rhythms you can do with the right hand and then move on to different chord shapes we can also use. For the lesson, we'll be using the excellent Jay Bradberry to help me demonstrate the ideas and to also give you the chance to practice accompanying a real-life fiddle player . The lesson pdf can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.

Advanced - The hardest fiddle tune on the mandolin

For the Advanced lesson, I want to show you one of what I consider to be the hardest fiddle tune to play on the mandolin - President Garfield's Hornpipe. It's a lovely melody, but as it's in the key of Bb, it throws up some awkward Fret jumps and the B part especially is a nightmare to play clean. The lesson worksheet can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.

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

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