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Here’s lesson number two in my series for the beginner mandolinist.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Using songs seems to be the most fun, and in turn, the most useful way to teach beginning concepts. I have chosen, “Red Haired Boy,” as the first song I will focus on. It is a traditional instrumental tune that is often played at jam sessions. It also translates well to many instruments. Below is my lesson on how to play the rhythm to the “A” part.

To hear the song played through you can view the video below. There is a slowed down intro using the same chords before we kick into the song at full speed.

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A new approach with a focus on beginners

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

This is the first of many videos and lessons that will help players at the beginning stages of learning to play mandolin. Up until recently “Jake’s Mandolin Tricks,” has focused on intermediate to advanced players. As a way to remind myself to get back to the basics as well as to share lessons that are more accessible I have started Jake’s lessons for beginners.

These lessons will have a specific playlist in on my you tube channel. Enjoy.

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Jazzmando weekly tip,

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

This week Ted Eschliman author of, “Getting into Jazz Mandolin,” used a video of mine as an example of chord economy and chord inversions. I’d like to thank the people of Jazzmando.com for featuring me in their weekly tip column. It is surreal being on the other side of the lesson, although it drove home I must continue spending time in the woodshed. Off I go.

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Justin Sandercoe, great instruction for any and all guitar players.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I stumbled upon justinguitar.com today while I was looking for some jazz guitar licks to play on my new hollow body Ibanez. Three hours later I just got done with the Tour De France that is. You have to see it to believe it. If you get as much out of it as I did, (in only one day,) do the right thing and donate. Justin has mastered many styles of guitar, and provides accurate chord charts and videos for playing songs as well as advice on composition and practice.

I must go work on my instructional material, I have lots to do before I can be on par with resources like Justin’s. In the near future mandolin player’s will have a home where they can lose an afternoon in practice. Stay posted and keep posting comments and questions. Till then check out Justin Sandercoe’s site.

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Comprehensive mandolin instruction coming soon.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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.

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