Here's a Homespun video tutorial series that will thrill and inspire mandolinists at all levels. Mandolin pro Chris Thile shares his own successful formula for developing right and left hand dexterity, improving speed and accuracy, and playing with heightened musicality.
Chris first launches into detailed instruction on holding the pick, correct hand position and wrist action, getting a good balance between up and down strokes, and more. He then provides numerous exercises for releasing hand tension that will make all the difference as you learn to play tunes such as Hop the Fence, Red Haired Boy and Swallowtail Jig.
Warming up by playing scales, arpeggios and triads will enhance your speed, clarity and knowledge of the fingerboard, and Chris runs through routines to incorporate these into your practice sessions. In learning his beautiful Ode to a Butterfly, you'll see how to use pull-offs and hammer-ons, position shifting, ornamentation, and other important techniques that add style and character to your playing.
As a bonus, you'll hear astonishing performances of Chris's original tunes, When Mandolins Dream and Raining at Sunset. This video tutorial series will provide the techniques you'll need to get to the next level, and to reach exciting new goals in your mandolin playing.
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Submitted 9 months ago
If you were able to get music lessons from Mozart, how would you feel after that? This video series is basically that. I'll admit that for the first several minutes Chris made me feel utterly inept with his virtuosity. But then he stopped and got all the way down to the basics of, "Here's how you should hold a pick," and I learned I've been doing it wrong for 20 years! I genuinely cannot believe I am the first person to rate these videos. In the Mandolin community, Chris is without peer. I can only imagine that Mandolin players simply are not aware that this resource is available, otherwise, they'd be flocking in droves. By the way Chris -I'm addressing you personally at this point because I get the feeling you might eventually read this- if you ever want to trade mandolin lessons for recording time at my studio at UCLA, just let me know.
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