I am in the process of completing a series of instructional videos for beginner/intermediate mandolin players. I have a handful of free videos on my youtube channel under the name JakeCohan. I call them “Jake’s mandolin tricks”. These videos will be posted here on my website as well.
Future videos will be more in depth and will include tab and notation so pickers at home can get the most out of this instructional material. The lesson plan will be a cumulative series of riffs, theory based exercises and songs that will be useful to players interested in bluegrass, jazz, classical, and beyond. Tricks one through six are free and available right now.
I am making a conscious effort to make this mandolin method unique, not something you can find anywhere on the web. I am focusing on intermediate players because in my experience I’ve found that at that level one reaches plateau in improvement. Often something as simple as a new warm-up routine or studying a tune out of one’s comfort zone can accelerate one’s playing over the plateau. The material in this series will be focused on resources that facilitate creativity and expression in playing. Less is often more in composition and playing, but in terms of the tools we use to get there, more is always better.
Stay posted for more instructional material. I have many lessons finished that will be uploaded in the near future. In the meantime I have one tip. Practice smarter not harder. Find a passage in a piece you have difficulty playing and focus on that instead of the parts of the song you already have nailed down. It will pay off.