Updated: Feb 15
Hello fellow mandolin players hope you're all enjoying this baking hot summer we've had so far? Here we are with lesson #4 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 hit 'reply' on this email and I will respond as quickly as I can. - Over on the 'Lesson Options' section of the website, you can explore further options to improve your playing. I'm available for skype lessons, lessons in person … or I can write you a personalised pdf lesson if you'd rather learn something new at your own pace. 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, I want to introduce you to your first 4 minor chords on the mandolin: Gm, Dm, Em and Am. With these chords under your belt, you'll be able to join in with a lot of acoustic jam sessions that occur around the world. Once you have mastered a few of them, we will have a little jam over the chords to 'Minor Swing' by Grapelli and Reinhardt. The lesson can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.
For the intermediate lesson, we're going to carry on looking at the tune from last month called 'Tantz Tantz'! It is a good tune to introduce you to the fact that not all songs fit into the nice 1-4-5 (G, C & D) progression we can get used to playing Bluegrass and Acoustic Music. I'll show you the shapes for 5 chords used in the song and then we'll play the tune round a few times to give you chance to practice the chord progression. The lesson can be downloaded here, and the corresponding video is here.
For the advanced among us, I want to show you a chord shortcut for the often used 2-5-1 progression. It's ok in the 'easier keys' (C, G D) to play the chord shapes we already know, but jazz can often modulate quite quickly through awkward keys and we need a quick way of playing 2-5-1. This lesson should hopefully show you that shortcut! 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 just hit 'reply' on this email. This is still new to me, so there may be some bugs along the way and I am open to any suggestions you might have to make everything easier to access.
See you next month! Hope you enjoy the lesson :) Mando Mike