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24) April 2020 Part 1: Ornithology & Lonesome Moonlight Waltz


Hello MandoMike subscriber! I say this every month, but I mean it now more than ever - I hope you are well? These are strange times and I hope you are finding, like me, practice on the mandolin is helping to keep you relatively sane. Before we look at the Free Lessons for this month, I'd just like to remind you all that I have dropped the prices on all lesson options over at Mando Mike.


Skype Lessons are now only £10 for 30 mins, 'DIY' Lessons are only £20 (you tell me what tune or technique you'd like to learn) and the price of all of my books has been dropped to just £4.99 for the download versions.

Like most/all musicians, I have lost all of my live work until at least the end of summer, so Mando Mike is my main focus now and any purchase you make is a huge help to keep this website going. If you'd just like to make a one off donation, that can be done via this link . Any donation, no matter how small, is hugely appreciated.

Because I have a bit more time on my hands, I have decided to split April's Free Monthly Lessons into two parts. This is part 1, and part 2 will be sent out in mid-April. I am really pleased with how the lessons have come out this month and I think they all have something in them to challenge any mandolin player!


Beginner & Intermediate - Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

For the Beginner & Intermediate lesson, I want to show you the melody to Bill Monroe's 'Lonesome Moonlight Waltz'. In part 1, we'll focus on the melody, time signature and how to add little tricks to make it more appropriate for intermediate standards. The lesson worksheet can be downloaded here, and the corresponding video is here.


Advanced - Ornithology

For the Advanced lesson, I want to have a look at a great tune by Charlie Parker called 'Ornithology'. In part 1 we'll focus on the melody with part 2 looking at the chords in a few weeks. 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 … thank you to everyone who has supported me so far in the last 2 years of running Mando Mike and I look forward to bringing you much more mandolin content!

If you have any questions, or any problems with accessing the lessons or the videos, please just hit 'reply' on this email. For anyone new to the website, all previous Free Lessons are still available here :-)

See you in 2 weeks! Hope you enjoy the lesson :) Mando Mike

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