Mandolin Tutorial

Essential Techniques for Mandolin

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8 Videos | Length: 1hr 25min 29sec
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  • Chapter 1 11:55

    Chapter 1

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

  • Chapter 2 6:11

    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.

  • Chaper 3 5:30

    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.

  • Chapter 4 7:48

    Chapter 4

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

  • Chaper 5 12:20

    Chaper 5

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

  • Chaper 6 13:15

    Chaper 6

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

  • Chaper 7 16:08

    Chaper 7

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

  • Chapter 8 12:22

    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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