In Part 1 of this lesson, Mike Marshall teaches the classic old fiddle tune Liberty. Mike breaks the song down bar by bar and explains the chords used and the melody line for the song.
- We're going to now learn Liberty,…another classic old fiddle tune that gets played a lot.…But the main exercise on this one…is keeping the pick going in the right direction.…The main emphasis here, that I want to point out,…is that for blue grass playing on the mandolin,…the key essence of how the right hand works is that…the down strokes, the down beats should be down picks,…and the up beats should be up picks.…So, if you're playing a song that goes…ding, ding, duck-ah, duck-ah,…you know, basically your hand should always…be going back and forth.…
(strums mandolin)…So, on Liberty we get this…(playing Liberty on mandolin)…So, that songs starts with…duck-ah, dung, gong, gong, gong,…So, what I want you to do is…down, up, down, down, down, down, down, up, down, up,…down, up, down, up, down, down, down, down, down…notice how the hand is always going down, up, down, up,…down, up, down, up, but I want the down, down, down, down,…then the down, up, down, up, down, up, down up. M'kay?…And make sure that that pick doesn't get going…
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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