I am scheduled to teach the blues mandolin track at Mandolin Camp North April 13-18th, 2018 in Charlton, Massachusetts. Due to family and school commitments, I was not able to
I am scheduled to teach the blues mandolin track at Mandolin Camp North April 13-18th, 2018 in Charlton, Massachusetts. Due to family and school commitments, I was not able to host my Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us, so looking forward to visiting New England next year to talk and teach mandolin.
Here’s the link to this long-running Northeastern mandolin camp: http://musiccampsnorth.com
I’m looking to teach classes on blues mandolin history, music theory for blues musicians, shuffle rhythm workshop, arranging blues/classic rock guitar for mandolin, blues improving, and many more fun topics.
I hope to see you there in April!
Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand” is now available on the Tablature page for site members. The PDF and Notion files are both included.
There will soon be an instructional video of this arrangement on Mandolins Heal The World.
It has been awhile!! 2016 was a year of doctoral-focused work. I wrote an early thesis and took my qualifying exams (I passed, thank you very much).
Being a bit burned out by school and work, I’ve taken 2017 off from school, allowing me to focus on work, family, and especially music. I couldn’t host my mandolin camp last year due school. This year the camp is back on, and I’m already thinking of new things to arrange for mandolin.
Case in point. One of my favorite Hendrix compositions–Castles Made of Sand. I had tried working it up on the mandolin, but I kept hearing octave in my head. This is played on a new Pono octave mandolin. It has a Terz-size body (equivalent to a size 5 Martin–think 50’s era Marty Robbins).
Though I’ve been delinquent, I will start posting more music instruction. However, for in-depth video instruction, I will contribute to Don Julin’s Mandolins Heal the World website: http://mandolinshealtheworld.com/. Don has some interesting folks on there!
One of the requisite tunes that one learns as a young guitarist. This arrangement, though simple, is a challenge due to the double stop that is maintained on the high A and E strings while the walking bass is done on the low G. This is to keep the tonality of Neil’s acoustic guitar arrangement.
Tab is for subscribers in the Tablature section.
After 8 years of playing an F-hole mandolin, I’ve gone back to playing a vintage Gibson oval hole. I’ve had a 1914 F2, a 1926 F2, and a 1927 F4. The mandolin in the video is a 1919 Gibson F4 that was refinished by Gibson in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Whenever I play an oval hole, my ears always go back to Jethro Burns. Tico Tico is one that Jethro popularized for mandolinists.
Here’s the first part of a series of 70s guitar anthem rock tunes I’ll soon put up. Everyone knows this tune by Free from the album Fire and Water. No more formidable duo than Kossoff and Rodgers. Clean stripped down blues based British classic rock that was the blueprint for everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd (who owed a lot to Free) to AC/DC.
Besides transcription of the tune for mandolin, I’ve also included another lesson on my process for moving a guitar classic to the mandolin.
Both of these are available on the tabs page. Remember, $5 per year gets you full access to my tablature!
Here’s another installment in my blues series: Freddie King’s “Heads Up” I love this tune and it’s a jam favorite out in these parts. I love King’s guitar playing and writing and have spent many hours learning King licks and studying his phrasing. This is the head to the tune–afterwards, jam away using major pentatonic with some nice blue notes.
The Heads Up tablature is on the tablature page. Remember, a yearly subscription to the tablature page is only $5 per year!
Yesterday I posted a 15 minute YouTube lesson for last months’ tab of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Pride & Joy. Tab is available to Tab Subscribers to this site. Enjoy the lesson.
The quintessential crossover blues riff made famous in the rock world by Jimi Hendrix. Classic riff that is chord-based. Video to follow.
It’s been awhile since I’ve focused on blues, so I will spotlight great riffs or tunes over the next few months. The first is SRV’s “Pride & Joy,” the quintessential Austin Tejas big balls roadhouse blues tune. This is the introduction to the first verse. YouTube video to follow shortly.
It is available on my Tablature page. This month celebrates the one year anniversary of my subscription tablature page (the low low price of $5 for 12 months access). To find out more information as to how to get the Pride & Joy tab, as well as existing and upcoming tabs, you can check out more here.
Coming in the next few months:
Freddie King “Hideaway” & “Heads Up”
John Lee Hooker “Dimples” riff
Magic Sam “I Just Need A Little Bit”
Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin'” & “Killing Floor”
Memphis Slim/Eric Clapton (Bluesbreaker vintage) “Steppin Out” (main riff)
Also coming: triumvirate of seventies class rock shuffle anthems
Steve Miller “Rock N Me”
Bachman Turner Overdrive “Takin’ Care of Business”
Free “All Right Now”