In Part 1 of this lesson on theory, Mike breaks down all the notes in a scale, and 1-4-5 progressions. Learning scales and the meaning of 1-4-5 gives you the tools needed to play a majority of bluegrass tunes.
- Okay, it's fun with theory time.…And this is part of the music learning experience…where you kind of put the Mandolin down.…We're going to use our brain a little bit, on this segment.…And that's okay, you know?…We like to jam. We like to play tunes.…But then sometimes somebody will throw something at us.…Or use a musical term that we've never heard of.…So it's great to learn a little bit about…the language of music.…And a lot of it has to do with numbers.…And many of you have looked at a piano…and maybe even studied a scale.…
Or played a few notes on a piano.…But basically there are eight notes on a scale, okay?…If you're on a C scale,…you're going C,D,E,F,G,…A,B,C.…So when you get to G you come back around to A.…There's no H, I and J in music, yet anyway.…Unless you're in Germany, then there's an H.…But we won't worry about that.…
So what I'd like to talk about is…the idea of the three principal chords of any given key.…And the way this works is they are…the one, the four, and the five.…If you were to take that same C scale:…
Note: This course is one of a 4-part series created and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Sitting and standing with the mandolin
- Tuning a mandolin
- Positioning the right and left hands
- Strumming open chords
- Playing two-finger chords and melodies
- Playing beginner mandolin tunes
- Finding minor and moveable chords
- Playing 7th chords
- Playing chop chords
- Picking on the mandolin
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Right and Left Hand Fundamentals
3. Beginner Mandolin Tunes
4. Theory and Exercises
5. Chops and Picking
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