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Essential Techniques for Mandolin

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    Chapter 1

    Chris plays the mandolin beautifully before jumping into the basics of hand placement, the mandolin, and picking.

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    Chapter 2

    Chris talks about the pick stroke theory and what it all means. You'll start getting a handle on timing and moving up the neck in this video.

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    Chaper 3

    In this video, Chris gets the rhythm going with your picking hand, then bringing in your other hand you'll start to understand the licks that make that classic mandolin sound.

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    Chapter 4

    Now Chris talks about a tune he played earlier. He talks about cross picking and helps simplify everything for you to learn.

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    Chaper 5

    In this video, Chris talks about bad habbits in mandolin playing. Chris then jumps into some exercises and songs to learn!

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    Chaper 6

    Chris talks about resting your hand and the importance of stretching after practicing. Chris shows you some scales and explains each one.

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    Chaper 7

    In this video, Chris talks about hammer-ons and pull-offs.

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    Chapter 8

    In this final video, Chris plays a song that you can play along with, and then talks about some Mandolin specs and some final advice before giving us one last performance.

Product Overview


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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thataudioguy
Submitted 4 years ago

Chris THILE!!!

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools


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thataudioguy
Submitted 4 years ago

Chris THILE!!!

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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Chris Thile is an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, best known for his work in the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and as of 2016, he is the host of A Prairie Home Companion.

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    Essential Techniques for Mandolin

    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.

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Essential Techniques for Mandolin is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Chris THILE!!! 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.
Date published: 2017-08-17
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