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Instruments > Mandolin > Mandolin Lessons with Mike Marshall TESTDRIVE

Mandolin Lesson Online
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 online 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


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Beginner Mandolin

Introduction to Beginner Mandolin
Down and Up Picking Basics
About the Mandolin
Sitting Position
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Basic Rhythm - Key of A
Submit a Placement Video
Sitting Vs. Standing
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Melody - Key of A
Tuning
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Basic Rhythm - Key of F
The Right Hand
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Melody - Key of F
The Left Hand
Dawg Tunes - Submit a Video
Open Chords
“Old Joe Clark”
“Liberty”
Classical - Submit a Video
“Boil Them Cabbage Down”
New Acoustic Music - Submit a Video
“Woody's Rag”
Build Your Own Exercise
Bluegrass (Non-Lesson Topics & Tunes) - Submit a Video
Fun With Theory
Brazilian Choro - Submit a Video
“Way Downtown”
Celtic Music - Submit a Video
“I Am a Pilgrim”
“Soldiers Joy”
Holiday Tunes - Submit a Video
Finding Minor Chords
Minor Chord Progression Exercise
Original Tunes - Submit a Video
Swing, Jazz & Pop - Submit a Video
Finding Moveable Chords
Other World Music - Submit a Video
The 7th or Dominant Chords
Pop/Rock/Blues/Country - Submit a Video
7th Chords as Dominants
Playing 1-4-5 in Minor
Bluegrass Chop Chords
Other Student Submitted Tunes: Improvisation
Miscellaneous Topics / Questions & Answers
“This Little Light of Mine”
“Nine Pound Hammer”
“Devil's Dream” in A - Fiddle Tune
“Cripple Creek” in G - Banjo Tune
“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
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
“Cluck Old Hen”
“Kitchen Girl”

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Intermediate Mandolin

“Rawhide”
Introduction to Intermediate Mandolin
Fun With Theory
Moveable Chords
Submit a Placement Video
“Cuckoo's Nest”
“Red Haired Boy”
“Salt Creek”
Positions
Dawg Tunes - Submit a Video
“Fisher's Hornpipe”
How to Practice
“Golden Slippers” - Using Target Notes
“Liberty” - Using Target Notes
Classical - Submit a Video
Speed and Relaxation
New Acoustic Music - Submit a Video
“Sittin' On Top of the World” - Soloing Using Old Joe Clark Tags
Bluegrass (Non-Lesson Topics & Tunes) - Submit a Video
“Little Maggie” - Soloing Using Old Joe Clark Tags
Brazilian Choro - Submit a Video
“Little Maggie” - Soloing Using Salt Creek Licks
Celtic Music - Submit a Video
“June Apple”
Ear Training
Holiday Tunes - Submit a Video
The Mandolin's Place in the Band
Turnaround Licks 1-5-1
Original Tunes - Submit a Video
Swing, Jazz & Pop - Submit a Video
“Bill Cheatum”
Other World Music - Submit a Video
Stretching Exercises and Finger Busters
Pop/Rock/Blues/Country - Submit a Video
Tremolos
Harmonizing the Melody
Doable Double Stops
Other Student Submitted Tunes: Improvisation
Scale Patterns
Miscellaneous Topics / Questions & Answers
Playing Fills Behind a Vocalist
Kickoffs
Three Main Inversions
Three Main Dominant Chords
Blues Scale
Sitting on Top of the World
1-6-2-5 Progression
“Red Wing”
“Gentle On My Mind”
“Worried Man Blues”
“Boil Them Cabbage Down” - Cross-Picking
“Amazing Grace”
“Tennessee Waltz”
“Salty Dog” - Improvisation
“East Tennessee Blues”
“Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” - Licks & Fills - Key of D
“Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” - Soloing - Key of D
“I Saw the Light” - Licks & Fills - Key of A
“I Saw the Light” - Soloing - Key of A
“Rabbit in a Log”
“Whiskey Before Breakfast” - Playing Backup
“Sugarfoot Rag”

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Advanced Mandolin

Introduction to Advanced Mandolin
“Scotch and Swing”
What Makes an Advanced Player
“Egypt”
“EMD”
“Jacob Do Bandolim”
Grooving
Submit a Placement Video
Practicing for Speed
Advanced Arpeggios
“Nao Me Toques”
Playing Out of Closed Position
“Cochichando”
Making the Chord Changes - Old Home Place
“Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”
Dawg Tunes - Submit a Video
Making Simple Tunes Difficult
Scales With Four Fingers
Reharmonizing Traditional Melodies
Final Finger Buster
Classical - Submit a Video
New Acoustic Music - Submit a Video
“Angeline the Baker”
“Big Sandy River”
Bluegrass (Non-Lesson Topics & Tunes) - Submit a Video
Brazilian Choro - Submit a Video
“Big Sciota”
“Chief Sitting in the Rain”
Celtic Music - Submit a Video
“Flatbush Waltz”
“Jerusalem Ridge”
Holiday Tunes - Submit a Video
“Little Maggie”
Original Tunes - Submit a Video
Swing, Jazz & Pop - Submit a Video
“Manzanita” by Tony Rice
Other World Music - Submit a Video
Pop/Rock/Blues/Country - Submit a Video
“Rebecca”
“Ride the Wild Turkey”
“Wheel Hoss”
“Old Dangerfield”
Other Student Submitted Tunes: Improvisation
“Amazing Grace”
Miscellaneous Topics / Questions & Answers
“Turkey in the Straw”

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Gear & Setup

Adjusting Your Action
Changing Your Strings
Mike Tuning Up
Submit a Placement Video

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Licks & Tricks

Triplets
Licks & Tricks - Introduction
Bluegrass Ending in G
Descending Pedal Lick
A minor Over an A Major Chord
E String Pull-off Lick
2-5-1 Chords
Circle of 5ths
8th Note 1-4-5 Scale Pattern
The First 2 Frets
Closed Position Blues
Sliding Into Third
Sliding High with Double Stops
“Blackberry Blossom” Licks
“East Tennessee Blues” Licks
“Good Ol' Mountain Dew” - Key of Bb
“Dark Hollow” G Major Pentatonics
Pedal Point Licks
Harmonizing Melodies

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Brazilian Choro

Introduction to Other Genres
“Tico-Tico”
Brazilian Rhythms
Brazilian Song Form
“Odeon”
“Nao Me Toques”
“Cochichando”
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” - Choro Version
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Introductions
Mike Marshall with Tony Trischka: Brazilian Choro - Part 1
Mike Marshall with Tony Trischka: Brazilian Choro - Part 2
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Mike's Choro Background
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Brian Rice's Background
Brazilian Choro - Submit a Video
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Brian Moran's Background
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - The Pandeiro & Choro 16th Notes
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - The Choro Swing
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Choro Syncopation
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Melodic Rhythms
Brazilian Choro w/ Brian Moran& Brian Rice- Guitar Basslines & Approach Patterns
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - Ear Interpretation
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - “Bola Preta” Play Along
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - “Doce de Coco” Play Along
Brazilian Choro with Brian Moran & Brian Rice - “Noches Cariocas” Play Along

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Classical

Calace Prelude
J.S. Bach “Cello Suite #3”
J.S. Bach “Chaconne” from Partita in D Minor
J.S. Bach “Concerto in Dm for Violin and Oboe”
J.S. Bach Fugue in Gm from Sonata #1
J.S. Bach - Invention #11
J.S. Bach “Sonata #2 in Am Allegro”
J.S. Bach “Sonata #3 in Am Allegro”
Mike, Caterina & Friends Play Brahms
Chris Acquavella - Bells of Night
Classical - Submit a Video

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Dawg Tunes

“Dawg's Bull”
“I Ain't Broke (But I'm Badly Bent)” Solo by David Grisman
“EMD”
“Opus 38”
Mike Talks with David Grisman
“Ricochet”
Dawg Tunes - Submit a Video

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Holiday Tunes

“Joy To The World”
“Oifen Pripitchik” (By the Fireplace)
“Jingle Bells”
“Auld Lang Syne”
“The Christmas Song”
Submit a Placement Video
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Silent Night”
“Oh Holy Night”
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
“We Three Kings”
“What Child is This”
“Greensleeves”
“Christmas Time's A Comin'”
“O Tannenbaum”
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” - Bluegrass Version
Holiday Tunes - Submit a Video
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
“Sleigh Ride” by Sam Bush
“Winter Wonderland”
“Let It Snow”
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
“Away in a Manger”
"Silver Bells" -NEW!
"White Christmas" -NEW!

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Mandocello, Mandola & Octave Mandolin

Introduction to Mandocello
Mandocello: “Gator Strut”
Mandocello Bass Lines*
Mandocello: J.S. Bach - "Prelude" from Cello Suite No.1 in G Major
Mandocello: J.S. Bach - "Courante" from Cello Suite No.1 in G Major
Mandocello/Octave Mandolin/Mandola - Submit a Video

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New Acoustic Music

“Scotch and Swing”
“Egypt”
“Jacob Do Bandolim”
Sam Bush Rhythmic Mastery
“Big Man From Syracuse”
Mike Marshall and Darol Anger: Big Man from Syracuse
Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg: Big Man From Syracuse
“Swing 51”
“Harvest Time”
“Old Gray Coat”
“Ginseng Sullivan”
New Acoustic Music - Submit a Video

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Swing, Jazz & Pop

Mike Marshall with Don Stiernberg “In a Sentimental Mood”
“I Found a New Baby”
Mike Marshall with Don Stiernberg “Green Dolphin Street”
“Minor Swing”
MIke Marshall with Don Stiernberg “Take the A Train”
“Sweet Georgia Brown”
“Lady Be Good”
“All of Me”
“Limehouse Blues”
"Georgia On My Mind" - Key of C
"Georgia On My Mind" - Key of F
"Georgia On My Mind" - Key of G
Mike Marshall and Don Stiernberg: Autumn Leaves
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” - Swing Version
“Bei Mir Bist Du Schon”
Mike Marshall and Andy Hall: Lady Be Good
"Let It Be" -NEW!
Swing, Jazz & Pop - Submit a Video

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Transcribed Solos

“I Ain't Broke (But I'm Badly Bent)” Solo by David Grisman
“Bringing in the Georgia Mail” Solo by Sam Bush
“Dancing with the Angels” Sam Bush Solo
“Don't Pick Me Up” Solo by Sierra Hull

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30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge - 2017 (Archive)
30 Day Challenge - 2018 (Archive)

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Bill Monroe Tunes

“Rawhide”
“Mississippi Waltz”
“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
“Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”
“Wheel Hoss”
"Southern Flavor" - NEW!

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