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Caterina Lichtenberg Classical Mandolin Lessons

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  • Beginner Classical Mandolin
  • Intermediate Classical Mandolin
  • Advanced Classical Mandolin

Beginner Classical Mandolin

  • 01 Classical Mandolin Overview:
  •   - Introduction to Beginner Classical Mandolin
  •   - A Brief History of the Mandolin
  •   - Mandolin Shapes & Styles
  •   - Strings - Types & Styles
  •   - Picks - Types & Styles
  •   - Submit a Placement Video
  •   - Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
  • 02 Holding the Mandolin:
  •   - How to Sit with a Bowl Back Mandolin
  •   - How to Sit with an F Style Flat Back Mandolin
  •   - How to Sit with an A Style Flat Back Mandolin
  •   - How to Sit with an Octave Mandolin
  •   - How to Sit with a Baroque Mandolin (Soprano Lute)
  • 03 Fundamentals:
  •   - Tuning the Mandolin
  •   - Holding the Pick
  •   - How to Use a Metronome
  •   - Right Hand: Downstroke on Open Strings
  •   - Left Hand Position
  • 04 Dynamics & Tone Color:
  •   - Dynamics & Tone Color: Explanation & Demonstration
  •   - Dynamics & Tone Color: Exercise No.1 by Christofaro
  •   - Dynamics & Tone Color: Exercise No.2 by Christofaro
  •   - Dynamics & Tone Color: Exercise No.3 by Ranieri
  • 05 Left & Right Hand Together:
  •   - Left & Right Hand Together: Ear Exercises
  •   - Left & Right Hand Together: Raffaele Calace Book No.1 - Exercise 2-17
  • 06 Songs on One String:
  •   - “Summ, Summ, Summ”
  •   - “Hansel and Gretel”
  •   - “Winter Ade”
  •   - “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
  •   - Baroque Style: Dance 1600 No.1
  •   - Baroque Style: Dance 1600 No.2
  •   - Baroque Style: Dance 1600 No.2 - On the A String
  • 07 Songs on Two Strings:
  •   - Songs on Two Strings - Schulz: Der Mond ist aufgegangen
  •   - Songs on Two Strings - Brahms: Lullaby
  •   - Songs on Two Strings - Bartok: Maypole Dance
  • 08 Playing on All Four Strings:
  •   - Christofaro: The G Scale on All 4 Strings
  •   - Mazas: The C Scale on All 4 Strings
  •   - Mazas: The D Scale on All 4 Strings
  • 09 Adding Accidentals:
  •   - Adding Accidentals - Christofaro: Andante No.8
  •   - Adding Accidentals -Christofaro: Lento No.9
  • 10 Combining Downstroke & Upstroke (On the Same Note):
  •   - Combining Downstroke & Upstroke (On the Same Note) - Exercise in D Minor
  •   - Combining Downstroke & Upstroke (On the Same Note) - Pettine No.1
  •   - Combining Downstroke & Upstroke (On the Same Note) - Pettine Polka No.10
  • 11 Combining Downstroke & Upstroke (With Changing Notes):
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XV (La Changeante)
  •   - Christofaro: Andante (Norma)
  •   - “Wilson's Wilde” with Dotted Notes
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XII (L'Effrontee)
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.V (La Coquette)
  •   - Frances Cutting: “Packington's Pound”
  •   - Calace: Exercise No.20
  • 12 Basic Arpeggio Techniques:
  •   - Basic Arpeggio Techniques - Exercise 1
  •   - Basic Arpeggio Techniques - Exercise 2
  •   - Basic Arpeggio Techniques - “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  •   - Basic Arpeggio Techniques - “Frère Jacques“
  • 13 Arpeggio Techniques on Two Strings:
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XIV (La Facile)
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.IV (La Volage)
  •   - Marlo Strauss: Prelude No.2
  • 14 Double Stops:
  •   - Cat's Double Stop Exercise
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XXI (La Bavard/L'Amoureuse)
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.I (L'Courieuse)
  •   - Fouchetti: Laisse tas Agneaux
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.VII (La Joyeuse)
  • 15 Arpeggio Technique Pieces on Three Strings:
  •   - Leone: Cadenza
  •   - Marlo Strauss: Prelude No.3
  • 16 Introduction to Tremolo:
  •   - Introduction to Tremolo - Part 1: Overview
  •   - Introduction to Tremolo - Part 2: First Notes
  •   - Introduction to Tremolo - Part 3: “Banks of the Ohio” (by ear)
  •   - Introduction to Tremolo - Part 4: Tremolo with Dynamics
  • 17 Tremolo Exercises on One String:
  •   - Tremolo Exercise on A string: Ranieri No.2
  •   - Tremolo Exercise on D String: Ranieri No.3
  •   - Tremolo Exercise on E String: Ranieri No.4
  •   - Tremolo Exercise on G String: Ranieri No.5
  • 18 Tremolo Exercises & Simple Pieces:
  •   - Mazas: Scale in G
  •   - Folk Song: “Rodina”
  •   - Mazas: Andantino in E Minor
  •   - Mazas: Andante in D Major
  •   - Christofaro: Moderato No.11 (with Shifting)
  •   - Beriot: Andante No.9 (Changing Strings)
  • 19 Tremolo Combined with Downstrokes:
  •   - Tremolo Combined with Downstrokes - Pettine: Camelia Waltz
  •   - Tremolo Combined with Downstrokes - Christofaro: Andante No.18 (with Dotted Notes)
  • 20 Double Stop Tremolo:
  •   - Double Stop Tremolo: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (by ear)
  •   - Double Stop Tremolo: “Banks of the Ohio” (by ear)
  •   - Double Stop Tremolo: “Larissa”
  • 21 Alternate Picking:
  •   - Introduction to Alternate Picking
  •   - Alternate Picking - Ranieri: Exercise No.1
  •   - Alternate Picking - Mazas: C Major Scale
  •   - Alternate Picking - Beriot: Double Note Picking
  • 22 Down & Up Stroke Coordination:
  •   - Down & Up Stroke Coordination: Single String Scale
  •   - Down & Up Stroke Coordination: Cat's “Finger Sprinter”
  •   - Down & Up Stroke Coordination: Ranieri Exercise No.7 & 11
  •   - Down & Up Stroke Coordination: “June Apple”
  • 23 Combining 45º & 90º Hand Positions:
  •   - Combining 45º & 90º Hand Positions - Introduction
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XIX (La Frilleuse)
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XXIV (La Grogneuse)
  •   - Leone: Allemande No.XVII (La Rapporteuse)
  •   - Single String Downstroke: “Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss II
  • 24 Introduction to Ornaments:
  •   - Introduction to Ornaments: Pull Offs, Hammer Ons & Trills
  •   - Introduction to Ornaments - Leone: Allemande No.IX (La Resolue)
  •   - Introduction to Ornaments - Leone: Allemande No.XI (L'Entetee)
  •   - Denis: La Tourneuse
  •   - Calace No.183 & 185
  •   - “Ashokan Farewell”

Intermediate Classical Mandolin

  • 01 Introduction to Intermediate Classical Mandolin:
  •   - Introduction to Intermediate Classical Mandolin
  •   - Submit a Placement Video
  •   - Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
  • 02 Vibrato:
  •   - Vibrato
  • 03 Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques:
  •   - Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques - Leone: Minuetto Spiritoso No.12
  •   - Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques - Fouchetti: Method S.8+9, Allegro
  •   - Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques - Calace B.1 No.79
  •   - Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques - Leone: Cadenza (Whole Piece)
  •   - Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques - Calace: B.II No.81
  •   - Intermediate Arpeggio Techniques - Denis: Prelude No.1 (B.1)
  • 04 Starting with Upstroke in 45º:
  •   - Starting with Upstroke in 45º - Introduction
  •   - Starting with Upstroke in 45º - Leone: Allemande No.X (La Retive)
  •   - Starting with Upstroke in 45º - Leone: Allemande No.XIII (La Reclaerchee)
  •   - Upstroke in 45º Turned Over - “The Color Blue" (Die Farbe Blau) by Marlo Strauss
  • 05 Harp Arpeggio:
  •   - Harp Arpeggio: Calace Book II, No.320
  •   - Harp Arpeggio with 3 Strings - Leone: Cadenza
  •   - Harp Arpeggio with 3 Strings - Branzoli No.107
  • 06 Glissando:
  •   - Glissando - Calace: Exercise No.93 (B.1)
  • 07 Pizzicato:
  •   - Right Hand Pizzicato - Beriot: Pizzicato Prelude
  •   - Left Hand Pizzicato - Branzoli No.114
  •   - Left Hand Pizzicato - Exercise: Cat's Tremolo Pizzicato Song
  • 08 Harmonics:
  •   - Natural Harmonics
  •   - Artificial Harmonics
  • 09 Chromatics:
  •   - Chromatic Scales - Introduction
  •   - Chromatic Pieces - Eichberg: Valse Chromatic
  • 10 Tremolo Staccato - Duo Style Technique:
  •   - Tremolo Staccato - Duo Style Technique
  •   - Tremolo Staccato - “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  •   - Tremolo Staccato - Calace: Excerpt from Prelude II
  • 11 Intermediate Double Stops with Tremolo:
  •   - Intermediate Double Stops - Introduction - Pettine No.1-3
  •   - Intermediate Double Stops - Tours: Duo Finale No.43
  •   - Intermediate Double Stops - Calace: B.II No.264
  • 12 Intermediate Ornaments:
  •   - Introduction to Trills
  •   - Mordents & Grace Notes in the Romantic Era
  •   - Appogiatura with Arpeggiated Chords - Calace: B.II No.190
  •   - Early Music with Ornaments - Leone: Method Duo I Cantabile
  •   - Early Music with Ornaments - Leone: Air (Theme)
  • 13 Playing in Higher Positions:
  •   - Mixed Positions - Branzoli: Adagio Sustenuto
  •   - Tremolo in Second Position - Beriot: Cantabile Grazioso
  •   - Tremolo in Third Position - Branzoli No.70
  •   - Mixed Positions - Bach: Menuett II (Cello Suite No.1)
  •   - Tremolo in Second Position - Calace: B.1 No.135
  •   - Tremolo in Third Position - Calace: B.1 No.149
  •   - Shifting Positions - Pettine: B.II No.1-5
  •   - Playing in Higher Positions - Introduction
  • 14 Speed & Coordination Exercises:
  •   - Speed & Coordination Exercise - Branzoli No.33
  •   - Speed & Coordination Exercise - Branzoli No.53 (Training the 4th Finger)
  •   - Speed & Coordination Exercise - Beriot: “Speed and Coordination”
  • 15 Chord Arpeggio Exercises:
  •   - Chord Arpeggio Exercises - Branzoli No.44
  •   - Chord Arpeggio Exercises - Branzoli No.45
  •   - Chord Arpeggio Exercises - Branzoli No.46
  •   - Chord Arpeggio Exercises - Henning: Allegro Brillante
  • 16 Syncopation Exercises:
  •   - Syncopation Exercises - Branzoli: Allegro Brilliante No.62
  •   - Syncopation Exercises - Branzoli: Adagio Syncopations No.42
  • 17 Intermediate Pieces (Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Modern):
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Jules Cottin: Melodic Studies No.1
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Jules Cottin: Melodic Studies No.25
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Schubert: Ständchen
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Beethoven: Sonatine in C Minor
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Bach: Invention No.1
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Calace: Duo, Opus 96 No.2
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Calace: Salve (Op.7)
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Beethoven: Sonatine in C Major
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Marlo Strauss: “The Color Yellow” (Die Farbe Gelb) with Harp Arpeggio
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Calace: Duo, Opus 97 No.4
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Denis: A vous dirai-je maman
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Denis: Lucile, Theme & Variations 1-4
  •   - Intermediate Pieces - Dowland: Lachrimae Pavane

Advanced Classical Mandolin

  • Introduction to Advanced Classical Mandolin
  • Advanced Arpeggio Techniques - Mazas: Exercise No.65
  • Advanced Harp Arpeggio - Pettine: Etude No.41 (First Half)
  • Advanced Harp Arpeggio - Pettine: Etude No.44
  • Advanced Tremolo - Calace: B.II, No.274
  • Advanced Tremolo Staccato & Chords - Pettine: Etude No.1-2
  • Advanced Tremolo Staccato & Chords - Flotow: 'Tis the Last Rose of Summer
  • Advanced Tremolo on Multiple Strings - Pettine: Blue Bells of Scotland
  • Advanced Tremolo with Left Hand Pizzicato - Pettine: Etude No.21
  • Advanced Speed & Coordination - Pettine: Etude No.3
  • Advanced Speed & Coordination - Calace: Exercise No.83
  • Advanced Pieces - Bach: Cello Suite No.1, Prelude
  • Advanced Pieces - Lecce No.4
  • Advanced Pieces - Calace: Balletto della Nonna
  • Advanced Pieces - Vivaldi: Concerto in C - 1st Movement
  • Advanced Pieces - Vivaldi: Concerto in C - 2nd Movement
  • Advanced Pieces - Vivaldi: Concerto in C - 3rd Movement
  • Advanced Pieces - Telemann: Canon Sonata I, Vivace
  • Advanced Pieces - Leone: Air (with Variations)
  • Advanced Pieces - Mozart: Don Giovanni
  • Advanced Pieces - Calace: Rondo
  • Advanced Pieces - Calace: Bolero
  • Advanced Pieces - Leonardi: Souvenir de Sicile
  • Overview of Scales in All Keys - Calace: Exercise No.95-125
  • Submit a Placement Video
  • Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics

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About Caterina

Caterina Lichtenberg has dedicated her life to studying the history, techniques and repertoire of the great mandolin virtuosos of the past. For over 20 years she has been an ambassador for classical mandolin; recording, teaching and touring throughout the world. Since 2007 she has held the only professor position for mandolin in the world at the prestigious Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany.

To date Caterina Lichtenberg has released 10 CDs under her own leadership in a variety of chamber music settings. As a specialist on early period instruments, Caterina was once invited to record on a 1775 mandolin from the Ferdinandeum Museum in Austria. She has also performed as a featured soloist with many world renowned musicians at festivals and concert halls worldwide.

Her partnership with ArtistWorks marks a historic moment for the genre, as this is the most comprehensive classical mandolin curriculum ever created. The lessons cover all important playing techniques as well as full breakdowns of important pieces from the Baroque and Classical masters Dowland, Bach, Vivaldi, Leone, Denis, Fouchetti and Beethoven, to the Romantic masters Cristofaro, Pettine, Ranieri, Branzoli and Calace.

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