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A Mike Marshall ArtistWorks School of Mandolin Lesson

By ArtistWorks
November 11, 2012 - 6:00 pm

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ArtistWorks School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall

ArtistWorks School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall

Napa, Calif. — Mike Marshall's ArtistWorks School of Mandolin has made a free lesson available to the public in a category Mike calls finger busters. This valuable tutorial is designed to improve speed and strength so that when you are performing, you've done the work to keep your playing in the pocket and your head in the song, rather than struggling to keep up.

"I love these exercises things that are non-musical where you're trying to work the hands and get things lined up," says Marshall. "It's all about getting the pick hand lined up with the fretted hand."

In this particular mandolin lesson, Mike uses the A note on the E string as a pivot note and plays all the other notes on that string chromatically (single fret movements) going backwards.

He then repeats this pattern on the next string.

"Make sure your up stroke is sounding nice and clear," Marshall said. "The down strokes are naturally strong. The up strokes can suffer from some muting, so this is a great speed exercise for building clarity as well. As alway, use a metronome and build up gradually.

"Try four up- and down-strokes per note, or two or one. The beauty of this type of exercise is that you can try different variations to build your flexibility and avoid getting stuck in muscle memory patterns."

Mike teaches this and hundreds of other lessons in his online Video Exchange Feedback Mandolin School at the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass, including:

Moveable Chords
Three Moveable Chords
Cuckoo's Nest
Red Haired Boy
Target Notes - Golden Slippers
Target Notes - Liberty
Harmonizing the Melody
Doable Double Stops
The Mandolin's Place in the Band
Playing Fills Behind a Vocalist
Blues Scale
Sitting on Top of the World - Blues
1-6-2-5 Progression
Red Wing

Part of the ArtistWorks experience includes use of their patent-pending Video Exchange system where you submit videos of your playing and Mike himself goes over your video and responds by video giving you feedback on your playing.

Additional information:
Mike Marshall's School of Mandolin
Free Mike Marshall mandolin lessons from ArtistWorks


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Chip Booth
November 12, 2012 12:16 PM
"...don't do it that fast!"
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