Laura-Beth begins her upper intermediate mandolin course by answering a few questions she received along with some warm up exercises. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Upper Intermediate Mandolin Modern Trad
Increase your repertoire with some modern tunes found on the Glasgow Session Scene whilst improving your technique
The Upper Intermediate Mandolin – Modern Trad course is for those who are broadly of an intermediate level but who are looking to push on and learn more.
Many of the melodies are ones popular on the thriving Glasgow session scene; although modern, many players believe them to be traditional such is their popularity. Simple and more complex chordal accompaniments complete the course.
Downloadable PDFs of the sheet music and chord charts are available.
Course Syllabus & Structure
|Questions Answered and Warm Ups||17m 00s|
|Highlander's Revenge||28m 08s|
|Dirty Bee||30m 23s|
|Marnie Swanson of the Grey Coast||30m 47s|
|Mrs Campbell of Shinness||22m 31s|
|£50 Cashback||40m 47s|
|Fraser's Trip to Glasgow||14m 12s|
|Jock Broon's 70th||49m 21s|
Each lesson is split into between 5 and 8 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 play along clip
5. A tutorial on simple chords
6. A tutorial on fuller chords.
7. A play along clip for the chords
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 – 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.
Laura-Beth’s first tune to look at in her course is one written by the fabulous fiddler from Inverness, Bruce MacGregor called Highlander’s Revenge. This Post is only available to subscribed members.
A great reel written by piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie called Dirty Bee is next on Laura-Beth’s course. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Next, Laura-Beth moves on to a very popular waltz written by the much sought after pianist and composer Andy Thorburn. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Laura-Beth turns her attention to jigs, beginning with one often called Miss Campbell of Sheerness in sessions. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Another jig, this time a 3 part one written by John Somerville, Kevin O’Neil and Fraser Shaw. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
The next tune is one in the odd metre of 5/8. Laura-Beth discusses these time signatures before teaching the tune. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Laura-Beth moves on to looking at another 3 part tune; a composition by the amazing piper Gordon Duncan. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login