Laura-Beth begins her intermediate mandolin course with a very popular reel, Waiting for the Federals, teaching both melody and chords. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Intermediate Mandolin Melody & Chords
Learn some great tunes and the chord shapes and patterns that can accompany them
The Intermediate Mandolin Melody & Chords course is aimed at those mandolin players who are familiar with the instrument and basic chord shapes.
The course covers the melodies to well known tunes like Waiting for the Federals and newer ones such as Balchraggan, and gives options and as to the chord shapes and positions that can be used.
Downloadable PDFs of the sheet music and chord charts are available.
Your Tutor - Laura-Beth Salter
Mandolinist, tutor, singer and composer Laura-Beth Salter, is a founding member of award winning folk bands The Shee & Kinnaris Quintet. She is also involved in a range of performance, composition and teaching projects within the Scottish traditional music scene – VOX, Jenn & Laura-Beth, The Daddy Naggins, & From The Ground.
An experienced teacher, Laura-Beth runs the Glasgow Mandolin Band, teaches mandolin at the Glasgow Folk Music Workshop, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Falkirk Traditional Music Project.
Lessons in Course
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Laura-Beth moves on to a great jig by the late, great piper Gordon Duncan, again looking at both melody and chords. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
The next tune in Laura-Beth’s course is a reel in F# minor by the amazing fiddler Duncan Chisholm. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Laura-Beth’s next tune is a piece of Gaelic mouth music or port à beul, called the Old Woman’s Reel or the Old Woman’s Dance. This Post is only available to subscribed
Next up in Laura-Beth’s course is a great reel by the fantastic piper and whistle player Fred Morrison called the Lochaber Badger This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Laura-Beth’s looks at a great jig by Ian Lowthian which actually feels quite like a march due to all the dots and dashes in the tune. This Post is only available
Laura-Beth’s next tune is one in a 3/2 time signature where she focuses on increasing tempo and posture that will aid this. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
The next lesson in Laura-Beth’s course is a 2/4 March believed by mant to be a traditional tune but is actually a contemporary one written by accordionist John Somerville. This Post
A tune written by Jenny Henry of Shetland who runs the Shetland Mandolin Band is next up. Jenny wrote this tune for Laura-Beth after she tutored in Shetland. This Post is
Laura-Beth finishes her course by giving a lesson on chop chords, bar chords and major to relative minor transitions. Be sure to download all 5 Resource Sheets! This Post is only
One of the most popular tunes up next – a waltz written by Terry Rasmussen for the incomparable Aly Bain. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login