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Instruments > Mandolin > Mandolin Lessons with Mike Marshall

Mandolin
with Mike Marshall

Mike Marshall has built a truly comprehensive video library with hundreds of mandolin lessons covering many musical styles. Mike's students enjoy unlimited access to his mandolin lessons online, as well as tablature and mp3 play along tracks. Learn how to play the mandolin from a legendary acoustic musician.

 Bluegrass to Brazilian choro  Chordal exercises

 Lots of mandolin tabs  Bluegrass icon interviews

Mandolin Lessons with Mike Marshall

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these mandolin lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Mike reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Mike. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Mandolin Lessons

  • 100s of mandolin lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Mike Marshall

For more than 35 years, Mike Marshall has set a new standard for American acoustic music, with a breadth of talent that spans mandolin, guitar, violin, and mandocello. At age 19, he left his native Florida to pursue music, eventually joining the David Grisman Quintet in the Bay Area. Since those early days, Mike's historic career has spanned hundreds of recordings and taken him on tour around the globe. He has also received numerous credits as a composer, producer, and featured musician. You can hear his iconic mandolin playing on the theme for NPR's 'Car Talk', as well as the San Francisco-based radio show 'Forum' on KQED Radio. Today, Mike and his wife Caterina Lichtenberg both teach mandolin lessons at ArtistWorks.


Mandolin Lessons

 Beginner Mandolin

  • Introduction to Beginner Mandolin
  • About the Mandolin
  • Sitting Position
  • Sitting Vs. Standing
  • Tuning
  • The Right Hand
  • The Left Hand
  • Open Chords
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Liberty
  • Boil Them Cabbage Down
  • Woody's Rag
  • Build Your Own Exercise
  • Fun With Theory
  • Way Downtown
  • I Am a Pilgrim
  • Finding Minor Chords
  • Minor Chord Progression Exercise
  • Finding Moveable Chords
  • The 7th or Dominant Chords
  • 7th Chords as Dominants
  • Playing 1-4-5 in Minor
  • Bluegrass Chop Chords
  • Down and Up Picking Basics
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • Fiddle Tune - Devil's Dream in A
  • Banjo Tune - Cripple Creek in G
  • “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” - Basic Rhythm - Key of G
  • “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” - Melody - Key of G
  • “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” - Basic Rhythm - Key of D
  • “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” - Melody - Key of D
  • “Wabash Cannonball” - Basic Rhythm - Key of G
  • “Wabash Cannonball” - Melody - Key of G
  • “Wabash Cannonball” - Basic Rhythm - Key of C
  • “Wabash Cannonball” - Melody - Key of C
  • “I Saw the Light” - Basic Rhythm - Key of E
  • “I Saw the Light” - Melody - Key of E
  • “I Saw the Light” - Basic Rhythm - Key of A
  • “I Saw the Light” - Melody - Key of A
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” - Basic Rhythm - Key of Dm
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” - Melody - Key of Dm
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” - Basic Rhythm - Key of Gm
  • “Wayfaring Stranger” - Melody - Key of Gm
  • “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Basic Rhythm - Key of A
  • “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Melody - Key of A
  • “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Basic Rhythm - Key of F
  • “Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Melody - Key of F
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Bluegrass
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Brazilian Choro
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: J.S Bach/Classical Pieces
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Jazz Standards / Gypsy Jazz
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Pop/Rock/Blues/Country
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Irish/Celtic
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: New Acoustic Music
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Other World Music
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Dawg Tunes
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Original Tunes
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Holiday Tunes
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Improvisation
  • Miscellaneous Topics / Questions & Answers
  • Submit a Placement Video

+ Intermediate Mandolin

+ Advanced Mandolin

+ Additional Tunes & More

+ Holiday Tunes

+ Gear & Setup

+ Lick of the Week

+ Tune of the Week

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  • Unlimited Access to Lessons
  • Unlimited Access to Video Exchange Library
  • 1 Video Submission to Teacher
  • Music Theory Workshop
  • Acoustic Guitar 101
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