Mike Marshall talks about speed and relaxation in the genre of bluegrass, and specifically for the instrument of the mandolin. Normally the mandolin is playing rhythm in bluegrass, which is a deceptively fast genre. He has a couple exercises in this lesson to help play clean and quickly.
- Okay let's talk about speed.…Time for me to get on my soapbox now…and tell you how dangerous it is.…But really, bluegrass is a very deceptive form…because a lot of the tunes are played fast,…and as mandolin players, we are often playing rhythm…and the difference between playing…a simple back beat chop on a fast tune…versus playing the same thing…but playing strings of eighth notes at that speed.…
(fast paced mandolin music)…is pretty extraordinary how much,…what a variation there is in the physical demands…of those two acts.…So bluegrass is also a very simple, harmonic form.…And you could learn to play this chop chord,…changing at that speed…in maybe a year of playing the mandolin…and you're often thrown into jam sessions…where that's the feeling of the music…and it's exciting music, it's fun.…
And that's kind of the whole deal…but when it comes time to take a break,…you know as well as I do,…how most people fall apart at those kinds of tempos.…So this is what we're going to attempt to work on.…And a couple of things come to mind.…
This course is part two of the Mandolin Lessons series, which includes hundreds of lessons, exclusive performances, and special guest interviews. Make sure to check out the exercise files for downloadable tab, audio samples, and other study materials.
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- Adjusting your action
- Changing strings and tuning the mandolin
- Playing a 1-6-2-5 progression
- Understanding moveable chords
- Practicing mandolin
- Playing blues on the mandolin
- Playing kickoffs