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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.

Course Syllabus & Structure

TitleLesson Length
Waiting for the Federals31m 56s
Jig of Beer27m 13s
Big Archie23m 02s
Old Woman's Reel17m 37s
Lochaber Badger24m 13s
Myra's Jig14m 15s
Twisted Bridge13m 55s
Balchraggan29m 25s
Jenny's Compliments to Laura-Beth26m 41s
Chords on the Mandolin18m 54s

 

Each lesson is split into between 6 and 9 clips depending on the type of tune. 

This could be:
1. A brief intro and scale discussion
2. A tutorial on the ‘A’ Section of the melody
3. A tutorial on the ‘B’ Section
4. A tutorial on simple chords
5. A play along clip
6. A tutorial on simple chords
7. A tutorial on fuller chords.
8. A play along clip for the chords

Laura-Beth Salter

Your Tutor -

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 – VOXJenn & Laura-BethThe 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.

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Lesson 1. Waiting for the Federals

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

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Lesson 2. Jig of Beer

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

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Lesson 3. Big Archie

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

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Lesson 4. Old Woman’s Reel

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

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Lesson 5. The Lochaber Badger

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

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Lesson 6. Myra’s Jig

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

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Lesson 7. Twisted Bridge

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

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Lesson 8. Balchraggan

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

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Lesson 10. Chords on the Mandolin

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

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