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Closed Position Major Scales

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Below is a video where I show how one can play the major scale in any and all of the 12 keys. I show starting with an Eb major scale, followed by E and F. Where you start this pattern denotes which major scale you play through. The root of the scale is played by the index finger and then by the pinky in the next octave.

Starting with the first finger.

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The use of triplets, a useful trick

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Below is a video where I demonstrate a trick I have learned for implementing triplets.

Below is some sheet music and tabs for some Major scales as played on the mandolin. The G major scale and A major scale that are used in the above video are included.

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Some tabs for major scales, lesson #1 for the beginner

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Below is a video of my playing through some scales commonly used in mandolin music utilizing open strings.

G, C and D major

Pg.2

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This is a favorite of mine, “Whiskey Before Breakfast.”

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Below is a video of me playing an arrangement of, “Whiskey Before Breakfast.” I am playing it full speed here. If there is interest I would be happy to post tabs.

This tunes seems to come up a lot at jam sessions so it is a good one to have a simple lead part worked out too. Enjoy, questions and comments welcome.

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Some C licks tabbed for mandolin.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Some licks in the key of C for mandolin

Enjoy

 

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Jethro Burns’ pinky workout!

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

This little warm-up routine is great for building strength in one’s little finger. Repeat it, make variations but make sure the notes fretted by your pinky ring clear. I got this from, “Jethro Burns Mel Bay Complete Mandolin Book,” by Jethro Burns and Ken Eidson. One of my favorite resources for playing outside the bluegrass box.

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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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Mandolin trick #9, melodic cross-picking in the key of C

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

This is a variation of something I first heard the late great Jethro Burns play. If Jethro were still around he would remind us he was only late to gigs, and rarely on time for anything else. His humor and stage presence could almost hold a candle to his amazing playing. Although holding a candle while playing sure does make it hard.

On a more serious note, Jethro Burns’ brilliant sense of time shined through in his playing as well as in his infectious sense of humor. Telling jokes that get genuine gut-busting laughter is closely related to playing and evoking other emotions through one’s musical instrument. Both are dependent on fractions of a second. A great joke is timed perfectly as is a great solo.

Today seemed as good a day as any to pay homage to my favorite mandolin player and 6th favorite stand up comedian. With the help of Mel Bay and Ken Eidson, Jethro shared tons of knowledge about his revolutionary approach to mandolin. Jesse McReynolds might have spent more time cross-picking his mandolin, but this time I am emulating Jethro. I find the lick sounds good on jazzier numbers, for example I play it in the stop time of the standard “After You’ve Gone,” in…you guessed it, C major.

I find this lick sounds best over C, Cmaj7, C6, Am, Am7, G7, and even F and Dm7. Each application will have a different tonal flavor. This is a loose copy of Jethro’s, make your own copy of mine in the video, and you got yourself an original run you came up with all by yourself.

Tab and notation will be posted in the future. Ask questions if you got em. Enjoy. To quote Jethro’s friend and guitar legend Chet Atkins, “It’s easy you see, if you practice.”

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Rip-off of Jerry Garcia, pun intended string players

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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