“After buying six mandolins and umpteen books…I am convinced your course is best $100 I have invested in my mandolin journey to date. Finally, I’m getting the discpline I need with your exercises to learn scales, arpeggios, double stops, fingering techniques, learn the fretboard (the essential tools I need)…and most importantly to learn how those things fit into playing tunes.”—Rick D., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student
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This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over swing tunes; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!
Each week, we’ll look at four swing standard tunes with a particular concept in mind—Dominant 7 chords, ii/V/Is etc. Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos. Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance from Matt). Ways of playing the chord progressions will also be suggested, so students will have a guide for playing backup as well as lead and improv on all four tunes.
Classes meet Tuesday evenings from July 7 to July 28 at 9 pm eastern time. There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday morning from July 11 to August 1 at 11 am eastern time.
SWING MANDOLIN JAMMING CURRICULUM:
WEEK 1 (7/7)
Using 7th chords
Scales and arpeggios for 7th chords
Moving from chord to chord in soloing
It Had to Be You
Sweet Georgia Brown
Lady Be Good
Up a Lazy River
WEEK 2 (7/14)
A couple of ii-V-I lines
Chord inversions on ii-V-Is
Take the “A” Train
Three Little Words
WEEK 3 (7/21)
Some more ii-V lines
Chord tones as target notes
How High the Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
WEEK 4 (7/28)
Scales and arpeggios for minor chords
Minor ii-V progressions
I’ve Found a New Baby
It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing
The course fee is $125.
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