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2) June '18 - Chords in A, Pig's Foot, Tunes in Closed Position

Updated: Feb 15

Hello fellow mandolin player. Thankyou for visiting this new venture, we are already at lesson #2 of the 'Free Monthly Lessons' via www.mandomike.com! A few orders of business to attend to before we get into the lesson content: - These lessons are free for everyone and anyone, so please do not hesitate to pass this on to any of your mandolin playing acquaintances, I want as many people as possible interacting with mandomike and the free lessons. - If you have any questions about the material in the lessons, get in touch here. - This lesson is free for you to study and absorb whenever suits you, but if you have enjoyed it please consider making a small donation to help me keep the website running (link at the bottom of the homepage) .. or head over to the 'Lesson Options' section and purchasing a more personal lesson to suit you. As with all of the lessons, I have split it into 3 levels, and there are accompanying videos linked into this blog post and also over on my YouTube channel .


For the beginner lesson, we're going to look at the main 3 chords in the key of A. In the lesson, we will look at the basic shapes for 'A', 'D' and 'E' and the strumming pattern you should master. Then, the challenge for the lesson is to play along with me on Black Eyed Susie but doing the opposite of me. So, if I'm playing chords, you play melody and vice versa. The lesson can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.


For the intermediate lesson, we're going to learn the greatest named tune ever written: 'Shove that pigs foot a little farther in the fire'. What a name for a tune! First, we'll learn the basic melody. Then, once you have mastered that, I want to look at adding some drone notes to make it sound a bit more 'Old-Time-y'. The lesson can be downloaded here, and the corresponding video is here


For the advanced among us, a lesson on learning tunes in 'closed position'. This means NO open strings. To demonstrate this, I've used an Irish Jig called 'Tripping up the stairs'. This technique has a few beneficial factors that are discussed in the lesson. The lesson can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.

If you have any questions, or any problems with accessing the lessons or the videos, please drop me a message via the contact page. This is all new to me as well so there will be some bugs along the way.

See you next month!

Hope you enjoy the lessons :)

Mando Mike

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