This course will teach students how to create the happiest sound in the world—two mandolins playing in harmony! Each week, students will learn two standard fiddle tunes, along with ways of constructing harmony parts to those tunes. Exercises will be given each week to help students learn more about the fretboard, get more adept at playing scales and double stops in the common keys of G, D, A and C, and find chord tones more easily in all keys. Besides being able to create harmony parts, students will come away from the course with a stronger understanding of how melodies are created and how they relate to chords and chord tones. The goal of the course is to give students a broader understanding of music theory and help them learn melodies more quickly (as well as create the happiest sound in the world…).
The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level. The course will start out fairly easy (lower intermediate?), and will gradually progress to a more advanced level.
The course runs from January 10-March 18. Classes take place online on Tuesday evenings from 9-10 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 10-10:45 am eastern time.
The course fee is $200.
“I have to say that making everything available online is a great convenience for me. Being able to stop and return to a more challenging exercise or a newer phrase is great for learning. I also really appreciate your availability to answer questions offline. This is a great course, and I feel as though I’m improving daily because of it.”—Joe C.
“The level was perfect. Mentally I understand many things that have opened up the fingerboard a lot; now I need some quality time to get it under my hands. I found things challenging without feeling out of reach.”—Stan M.
“I’m really enjoying the course. The first time I’ve actually practiced an instrument in my 60 years!”—Skip H.
Some vocal songs
Twin mandolins as lead and tenor harmony
Harmonizing Major Scales
Using 3rds and 4ths to create harmony
House of Gold
Harmony in G
G Major Scales
Chord Tones in G
Finding 3rds and 4ths
When You And I Were Young, Maggie
Harmony in D
D Major Scales
Chord Tones in D
Harmony on the I Versus the V Chord
Old Spinning Wheel
Harmony in A
A Major and Mixolydian Scales
Chord Tones in A
Positions up the Neck
Minor chord tones and arpeggios
Minor chord inversions
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
Lonesome Fiddle Blues
Fast Moving Chord Progressions
Identifying chord tones on down beats
Harmony in C
More Positions up the Neck
Double Stop Harmony
Billy in the Lowground
Three Part Harmony
Creating Baritone parts
Chord Tone Exercise in All Keys