Butch plays us some mandolin then introduces the series and talks about his gear and instruments.
In this video Butch talks about developing ‘fiddle tunes’.
Here he goes over several ‘fiddle tunes’ and shows the best way to play them including right hand motion and pick shuffling.
Butch introduces what he calls ‘The language of Bluegrass’.
This next section is all about soloing on songs.
Butch takes a look a double stops and tremolo.
In this segment Butch talks about alternate ways of playing chords.
Butch continues to discuss and give examples of alternate chords and then wraps it up with credits and then plays us out with a nice tune.
In this Homespun video series, Butch Baldassari’s user-friendly mandolin method takes you from bare-bone basics to solidly intermediate material in a single two-hour lesson, providing detailed instruction in all aspects of mandolin playing. A downloadable PDF booklet with scales and charts is also included!
Butch gives you exercises to build your technique and teaches you how to master fiddle tunes, take solos, and play the famous Bill Monroe licks that make up “the language of bluegrass”. He shares advice about fingering, pick control, alternate chord forms, and playing scales in a variety of keys and imparts other invaluable information that will help you develop style, flair, and a deep knowledge of your instrument.
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The Hal Leonard Play Today® Mandolin series is an awesome way to quickly learn how to play Mandolin, covering the basics and important instrument information the new player needs to know. There's no reason not to play!