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19) Nov '19: Fisher's Hornpipe

Updated: Feb 7

Hello MandoMike reader! I hope this blog finds you well, I am excited to be bringing you lesson #19 of the 'Free Monthly Lessons'. I've chosen to focus on the same tune for all three standards this month, so you can see the kind of skills needed to advance you on to the next level. Before we dive in to the lessons, I'd just like to remind you all that I have released a new PDF workbook. It's a full 40-odd page look at everything to do with your Right Hand technique, inspired by the time I broke my left hand in a daft party game. Please do consider purchasing it as it is the best way to support MandoMike and help me keep the website running, plus you get something in return. Thanks to everyone who has purchased the book so far! Here's a bit more info on what I have in store for you all for this month:


Beginner & Intermediate - Fisher's Hornpipe

For the Beginner & Intermediate lesson, I want to look at two versions of Fisher's Hornpipe. For Beginners, we'll just dive straight in and learn a slightly stripped back version of the tune. For the intermediate players, I have the standard version of the tune for you to work through. We'll also talk through 3 techniques to consider when playing the tune; pick strokes, accenting the melody and the Hornpipe 'feel'. The lesson worksheet can be downloaded here, and the corresponding video is here.


Advanced - Fisher's Hornpipe the Chris Thile/Mike Marshall way

For the Advanced lesson, I want to look at the same tune as the Beginner and Intermediate lesson; Fisher's Hornpipe. I want to show you two things; firstly, we'll add some hammer ons/triplets/pull offs and grace notes to the the A part to make it an advanced version. Then secondly, I have transcribed the B part from Chris Thile and Mike Marshall's version of this tune from their album 'Into the Cauldron'. This should hopefully give you an insight into how their minds work when playing standard tunes. 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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