Learn Norwegian Wood Aug 01, 2022

Note: the original is in E major. But on mandolin G major is much cooler - enjoy!

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Learn Guitar Solo from "Something" Aug 01, 2022

Here's George Harrison's solo from his own Beatles masterpiece "Something".

I transcribed it to fit on mandolin as a part of my solo arrangement of the piece - enjoy!

 

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Learn Summertime (Gershwins) Aug 01, 2022

This great melody is placed in A minor for an easy fit on mandolin. I teach this melody in Book 3 of "Mandolin Mastery" - learn how to count in a song with pick-up on beat 4 as well.

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Learn Amazing Grace Aug 01, 2022

Simple open string mando chord voicings for Amazing Grace in the key of G - for all levels - enjoy!

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Learn Autumn Leaves Aug 01, 2022

Autumn Leaves, in E minor/G major is a great "starter" jazz melody for mandolinists. Easy key, simple scale notes for melody (most of the time), great starter improv tune as well.

Enjoy!

 

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Learn "Losing My Religion" Aug 01, 2022

This is a simple mandolin riff that is easy to learn and fun to play.

The giant hit from R.E.M.'s 1990 album "Time Out of Mind" features mandolin prominently.

I have learned and transcribed for you the exact part that Peter Buck played on the recording - enjoy!

 

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Watch Tim Put on a New Set of Strings May 17, 2022

If you're like most of my mandolin students, your mandolin is currently in dire need of new strings!

I feel your pain; I really don't enjoy changing strings (as you'll see in this video!)

But: nothing improves your tone, intonation and general sense of well-being as quickly as...

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Theme Song from "Слуга Народу" ("Servant of the People") Mar 22, 2022

These past few weeks I've been enjoying the Ukrainian sit-com "Servant of the People," starring comedian (and current President of Ukraine) Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The opening credits take us on a tour of a sparkling pre-invasion Kyiv, all to the tune of this charming melody.

It's a...

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Getting Into Brazilian Choro Mandolin Jul 13, 2021

It's not much of a secret anymore (here in North America) that the mandolin is alive and well in Brazil.

While the mandolin in the U.S. has become associated with rural music, in Brazil the mandolin emerged primarily as an urban instrument, in the music called choro.

Luperce Miranda was...

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