In Part 1 of this lesson, Mike teaches the classic fiddle tune of Worried Man Blues. Mike breaks the song down bar by dar and explains the chords used and the melody line for the song. Backing tracks and practice sheets are available.
- Worried Man Blues!…(mandolin music)…Alright, we're going to do a little crosspicking now,…the Worried Man Blues.…
A great little tune, real simple melody, very singable.…♫ Takes a worried man…♫ To sing a worried song…♫ Takes a worried man…♫ To sing a worried song…♫ It takes a worried man…♫ To sing a worried song…♫ I'm worried now…♫ That I won't be worried long…Goes like this.…(mandolin music)…Alright?…Let's break her down, what do you say?…So, crosspicking.…
This is really Jesse McReynolds style crosspicking.…It's a very set pattern…in the right hand,…the pattern is…(mandolin music)…It's three one two, three one two, three one.…Three one two, three one two, three one.…And that's down up up, down up up, down up.…Being that we're in two four,…we're going to need eight notes,…eight eighth notes per bar.…
So it's…down up down,…so it's one two three, one two three, one two.…(laughs) That's how we get that pattern of eight.…So it's three three two,…or six and two.…(mandolin music)…So that's a exercise in and of itself,…just getting that right hand…
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
Skill Level Beginner
1. Gear and Setup
2. More Fun with Theory
3. Intermediate Mandolin Tunes
5. The Blues
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