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Register for any two fall courses and save $50!
This course is intended to help the intermediate to advanced mandolinist learn some new tunes while exploring various ways of learning the fretboard and improving their improvisational skills. Fiddle tunes in various keys will be taught each week, and students will be given suggestions on how to improvise and/or create variations on these tunes. Scale and arpeggio exercises, picking exercises and fingering exercises will also be given to help students increase their improvisation skills.
Tunes will include “Denver Belle,” “A Red Prairie Dawn,” “Big Sciota,” “Elzic’s Farewell,” “Cricket on the Hearth” and many others (see below).
The course fee is $225. Register for any two fall courses by October 5th and save $50!
WEEK 1 (10/8):
Creating octave variations & transitions between octaves
Adding some ornaments (hammer-ons, pull-offs, etc.)
Ear training exercise I
Bonus material: Winder Slide
WEEK 2 (10/15)
Adding some runs to your solos
Some V to I licks
Ear training exercise II
A Red Prairie Dawn
Bonus material: Old Grimes
WEEK 3 (10/22)
Minor and modal tunes
Using some bluesy licks
Blues scales in A and E
Blues licks in two positions
Bonus Material: Ice on the Road
WEEK 4 (10/29)
Some tunes in C
C Major Scale & Pattern
C Mixolydian Scale & Pattern
Ear training exercise III
Bonus material: Ashland Breakdown
WEEK 5 (11/5)
Adding some double stops to your playing
Moving double stops in improv
Double stops as position shifts
Licks up the neck
Bonus material: Paddy on the Turnpike
WEEK 6 (11/13)
More playing up the neck
Diatonic patterns up the neck
Pentatonic patterns up the neck
Bonus tune: Grey Eagle
WEEK 7 (11/19)
Circle of fifths exercises
7th chord inversions & diminished chords
Complex chord patterns—how to smooth them out
Some more V-I licks
Bonus material: Bully of the Town
WEEK 8 (12/3)
Tying it all together: using octaves, licks, patterns, positions, target notes and double stops to create variations
Exercises for speed
Cricket on the Hearth
Bonus material: New Chance Blues
The course fee is $225. Register for any two fall courses and save $50!