Updated: Feb 15
Hello fellow mandolin player! As we reach the latter parts of the Summer and the jumpers start to be worn, here we are with lesson #5 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, head over to the Contact Me Page and I'll respond as soon as possible. - 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, we're going to look at the tune Shady Grove in Em. I will (hopefully) teach you the basic melody for the song, then we'll go through the chords and hopefully, you'll be able to have a jam with me over the chords and the melody at the end of it. The lesson can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.
For the intermediate lesson, I also want to have a look at Shady Grove. I will go through the basic melody, then I'll show you a slightly harder version of the tune that includes some hammer-ons and pull-offs. I'll discuss the right hand technique needed for H-O's and P-O's and at the end of it, we'll have a jam round the chords and the melody. The lesson can be downloaded here and the corresponding video is here.
For the advanced lesson, I want to put into practice the 2-5-1 progression I explained last month! It'll be based around the tune "Tune Up" by Miles Davis. It consists of 3 different 2-5-1's and should hopefully be good practice for the technique and show why its such a useful shortcut. The lesson also includes the melody for "Tune Up" but is more focussed around the chords. 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 get in touch. 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.