As the title of this entry suggests, as a musician I feel that having good instruction is key to imporvement and enjoyment of playing music. I have called myself a self-taught player, which is actually not true. I did not attend music lessons that I paid for…but my father is a great guitar player who has spent endless hours teaching me, “everything he knows.” Also, I have been lucky enough to play with a bunch of great musicians who gave me instruction along the way. If you add in all the musical instruction books I use it is becomes evident I am not self-taught. Nowadays technology, especially the internet is a great tool for instruction, good or bad, it’s easier than ever.
I am discussing this because I have recently decided to start uploading short videos sharing some of my mandolin tricks I have aquired over the years. They can be found on youtube and I will post some on my website as well. I did this because I realized I have learned a lot from a few great youtube mandolin teachers, while ignoring some I found to be less than great. Some of the greats include, Don Julin, Anthony Hannigan, Jim Richter, and Ted Eschliman who created Jazzmando.com a great resource I use often.
My videos will be more beneficial to beginner and intermediate players, also pickers not interested in bluegrass alone, but beyond as well. My model for “tricks,” videos will be to keep them short and informative. Some tricks will be simply riffs you can learn, while others will be delving into musical theory and physical technique. Here is my first. Questions and comments are encouraged as always.