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Nightwalk

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Here is our video of us playing, “Nightwalk,” written and performed by Sailing To Denver at the Goat Farm. Check out the rest of our youtube playlist for more songs.

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Cross-picking, tip of the iceberg

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Here is a video where I show a Jesse McReynolds cross-picking exercise I have found very helpful. The right hand strokes for the beginning example are DUUDUUDU. D means downstroke, U means upstroke. If you watch my right hand in the video you will get the idea.

I play a D chord with my 3rd finger on the 7th fret of the G string, my 1st finger on the 4th fret of the D string. Then I am leaving the A string open for effect.

Walking my 3rd finger down from the D note to a Db (6th fret) makes a Major 7 sounding chord.
Then walking it again down a half step to a C (5th fret) has the notes C, F#, and A this makes for a D dominant 7 sound often notated as simply D7. D7 pulls to the tonic of G.

This simple progression is used in many songs including Dylan’s, “Simple Twist of Fate,” as well as the song, “Waste,” by Phish. Try this same trick down a string set using the open E as part of A, Amaj7, A7, D chords respectively.
At the end of the video I play a tune, Sugarfoot Rag to show how different cross-picking patterns can be used within one tune. Start with the simple patterns more will be introduced in later lessons like alternating DUDUDUDU.

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Here is Willin’ from Oysterfest

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Below is a video of us covering a favorite song of ours written by Little Feat. Soon this entire concert will be released as Sailing To Denver’s very first live album. The production crew at Oysterfest was nice enough to give us the soundboard quality recording of our playing at the festival.

For this show the lineup was as listed:

Patrick Haynes, singing lead vocals and bass
Brent Sandel, guitar and vocals
Mason Lutz, percussion and vocals
Shannon Case, vocals and percussion
Jenna Mobley, fiddle and vocals
Jake Cohan, mandolin and vocals

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Musical scales, lessons for the beginner #2

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Just playing through scales never makes much sense to the up and coming student. Reasons for it include understanding the fretboard and having control over note selection. What seems to trump boring scale studies is real music. By altering scales and playing them in new ways we can find musical ideas. Playing what I call, “folded scales,” is a trick I learned from a guitar instructor, but it applies well to musical mandolin scales. Being familiar with my lesson #1 for the beginner will help with this, although I do go over the straight scale first. Below is a video where I show a way to “fold,” the A major scale.

Enlarge the above image to view the tablature

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New Sailing to Denver you tube channel

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Below is a video we had made for, “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard,” off our self-titled debut album. Thanks to Anthony Leo for filming and editing this project, as well as many more soon to be posted.

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Old Joe Clarke

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Below is a video of my arrangement of “Old Joe Clarke,” on one mandolin. This tune has been a staple in old-time jam sessions for over a hundred years. Although originally written for the fiddle this song is very accessible on all stringed instruments. For all you players out there, stay posted for guitar tracks, slowed down versions, and tabs.

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Temperance Reel on J.Bovier A-4

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

This mandolin lends itself to playing melodies and rhythms with sustaining notes. This is part due to the oval hole, and part just good construction and tone. I like how it sounds on some traditional Irish tunes, below is a video with me playing The Temperance Reel.

If people are interested I would be happy to post chords and notation for this arrangement.

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Jethro’s Tune, the A part

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Jethro Burns is one of my favorite all time musicians. He really changed what was considered mandolin music for the better. From bluegrass to Swing, to Gypsy Jazz and back. Beyond description. Below is a video of me playing half of a tune he wrote, so this is in honor of the man himself.

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Cattle in the Cane, on new HD camera

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Here is a great old time fiddle tune. My version can be viewed in the video below. Stay posted for slowed down parts and tabs so you can play it at your local jams. Interesting tune starting on A then going to G, so some A mixolydian gets played. Also the B part goes to an A minor making for a nice contrast.

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Isn’t it a Pity, a great song by George Harrison.

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The beauty of this tune is that it has only three chords. The good news is one of those chords is a diminished chord, so chances are it is new to you. If it is not new to you, there is always much to learn about chord groups.

Diminished chords repeat every four frets, watch the video below to get an idea for the sound (tension) that chords of this character evoke.

Diminished chords are get the name from diminishing, or shrinking intervals, similarly tense chords but opposites are…you guessed it augmented chords. Chords where intervals are stretched or augmented to be longer.

Click the graphic below for the tabs and notation in free tabledit files format!

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