“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.
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This course is intended to help students with playing rhythm—something we do all the time when we play with other people, but tend to neglect in our practice! Various styles of rhythm will be touched on, including folk, bluegrass, swing and blues. Students will be given practical guides to playing in various keys using a variety of chord styles and shapes (open chords, chop chords, 7th chords, 3-note chords, etc.) to be able to approach playing rhythm in various styles and settings. Chord progressions to four songs will be given each week, and students will explore applying the various styles of chords while looking at smooth chord movement, basslines and voice leading in various rhythms. It’s a great way to learn more about the fretboard while getting some practical guides to accompaniment. The course is intended for players of all ability levels (though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult) who want to expand their possibilities in rhythm playing.
Class sessions meet on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions meet on Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time. Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions (via Zoom), but all sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website so that students can review them any time if they are unable to attend the sessions.
This course is a continuation of the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive I course which just finished up, but students do not to have taken that course in order to take the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II course.
WEEK 1 (8/11)
Playing rhythm in D, E and F
Open chords & basslines in E and F
Adding some fills
Brown’s Ferry Blues
Trouble in Mind
WEEK 2 (8/18)
Chord movement and baselines in waltz time
Adding some fills in 3/4
Looking at chord tones as bass notes
Short Life of Trouble
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Blue-Eyed Boston Boy
WEEK 3 (8/25)
Revisiting minor keys
Basslines in Minor keys II
Moving between inversions
The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore
Wade in the Water
WEEK 4 (9/1)
More Complex Chord Progressions
Adding more 7th chords
Moving smoothly between chord inversions
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
The course fee is $125.
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