Below is a video where I play Bourree II by J.S. Bach. I am playing my Korean built, oval hole, mystery mandolin. No serial number, but sounds and plays great. Especially in Jazz or Classical context. Tabs and notation for this provided by Mel Bay’s, “J.S. Bach for Mandolin.”
The chords for this little exercise are as follows: G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, D7, G G, D7, Em, D, C, Bm, Am, G Jethro Burns published this a while ago as a way to get your playing swinging. < - -, < - -,.... < means strong or accented, - meaning weak or […]
Some of acoustic musics greatest contributors are often overlooked, usually from a lack of material that is easily marketed and turned into profit. This is no coincidence, this is a symptom in the nature of our times. Music is it’s own language, in and of itself. We must move past using names like, “Country, Bluegrass, […]
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.
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 […]