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3) July '18 - Right Hand Exercises, Tantz Tantz, Hard Left Hand Exercise

Updated: Feb 15

Hello fellow mandolin player! First off, sorry I'm a bit late in the month for this month's lesson, I've been locked away in the studio recording the new Jaywalkers album. So, eventually, here we are with lesson #3 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 forward 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, just head over to the contact page and I will respond as quickly as I can. - If you'd like anything further from me, head over to the 'Lesson Options' section of the website.

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 some right hand exercises. This is an often overlooked aspect of the mandolin as most people focus on the left hand with scales and arpeggios. In the lesson, I'll introduce you to 6 different exercises to work on the right hand. The lesson can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.


For the intermediate lesson, we're going to look at a tune in the key of D Phrygian Dominant, yes, such a thing does exist! I'll explain a little bit about the theory behind it and modes in general (only briefly though) and the we'll have a play of one of my favourite tunes: 'Tantz Tantz'. The lesson can be downloaded here, and the corresponding video is here.


For the advanced among us, I want to show you a tricky left hand exercise that helps to get the fingers moving. 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.

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

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