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Mike Marshall Mandolin Fundamentals for All Players Pt. 2

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    Tutorial 1

    Chapter 1


    Mikes starts off with a performance on the mandolin then introduces himself and talks about some essential chords.

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    Tutorial 2

    Chapter 2


    Mike starts this video off with the "first inversion" on a G chord. Then Mike talks about triads, roots and more mandolin essentials.

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    Tutorial 3

    Chapter 3


    In this video, Mike goes through some chords, then changing them up by altering them through different inversions. Mike then goes through the 3 inversions of a dominant chord and helps guide you through several different changes while you play along.

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    Tutorial 4

    Chapter 4


    Mike shows us "Gentle On My Mind" by John Hathford. He takes each chord and walks you through to the different parts you'll hear in this song. Mike then dives into minor chords and how to understand how to put them together.

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    Tutorial 5

    Chapter 5


    In this video, Mike shows us chord scales, and what they are and how to practice them. Moving up the fretboard, he shows you each one and gets you comfortable with each fingering.

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    Tutorial 6

    Chapter 6


    Mike shows us what a chord solo is and how to practice along. Also, Mike talks about hand positions and how to properly handle the mandonlin.

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    Tutorial 7

    Chapter 7


    Mike takes the "A Train" and shows us what it's all about. You'll get an upclose look at the rhythms to put into your swing styles on the mandolin.

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    Tutorial 8

    Chapter 8


    Mike talks about practicing and how to go about it correctly. Throughout this video he gives you some great tips on what to practice and the best ways to keep your chops at their best. Mike signs off with a few words.

This encyclopedic chord lesson by Homespun and mandolin expert Mike Marshall will provide hours of amazing practice sessions and is essential for any stringed instrument player, teaching you every chord in every position on the mandolin fretboard.

Mike starts with the most basic chord shapes, then works his way through each possible inversion as you change positions and move up the neck. He shows you how to play all the major and minor chords as well as major 7th, dominant 7th, 6th, flat 5 and other useful chord shapes.

Moving on, Mike helps you understand the theory behind the music you are playing, which will give you an unprecedented command of your instrument. You'll learn to create tension using half-step motion for passing tones, add color to your music with sus 4, diminished and augmented chords, and incorporate rhythmic and harmonic concepts to bluegrass, jazz or any other style you wish to play.


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Mike Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished acoustic musicians, a master of mandolin, guitar and violin whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. He puts his stamp on everything he plays, from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin styles.

Mike has toured throughout the world and has played on dozens of recordings as leader, accompanist and featured soloist with musical colleagues such as David Grisman, Chris Thile, Tony Rice, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush and the newgrass supergroup Psychograss. His long-time collaboration with violinist Darol Anger has resulted in six CDs and countless live appearances.

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