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Instruments > Mandolin > Bluegrass Mandolin with Sierra Hull

Bluegrass Mandolin
with Sierra Hull

Join Sierra Hull as she breaks down her approach to playing in an all-encompassing path of online mandolin lessons. Her course addresses every level of player as she draws from a lifetime of experience to teach her approach to mastering the bluegrass mandolin. Build a solid foundation as a player as you learn bluegrass standards, songwriting techniques and dive into some of Sierra's original music.

Mandolin Chords and ScalesRight + Left hand technique

Play-along tracks & mandolin tabsTunes, improv + more!

Sierra Hull online music lessons

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. Sierra 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 Sierra. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your mandolin playing skills.

Top Quality Mandolin Lessons

  • 100s of mandolin lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Deep dive into bluegrass mandolin

About Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull has accomplished more as a singer, songwriter, and performer in the last 25 years than many musicians do in a lifetime. Recognized three years in a row as the IBMA “Mandolin Player of the Year,” she received a Grammy nomination for her album Weighted Mind when she was just 26. Since then, the now 29-year-old Sierra has shown no signs of slowing down and continues to reaffirm her standing as a modern pioneer of the bluegrass genre, a virtuosic songwriter, and a true master of the mandolin. Since her early childhood, Sierra has collaborated with iconic artists like Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck, Garth Brooks, Sturgill Simpson, and fellow ArtistWorks master instructors Bryan Sutton and Missy Raines. As such, Sierra has drawn from decades of performance experience to create a comprehensive course of online mandolin lessons designed to teach players of all levels how to play modern bluegrass. Like many premier bluegrass mandolin players, Sierra calls Nashville, TN her home and has been teaching at ArtistWorks since Summer 2021.

Mandolin Lessons


  • Welcome to Basic
  • Getting Started: Submit a Video and Introduce Yourself
  • Introduction to Mandolin & Basic Terminology
  • Posture: How to Hold the Mandolin
  • Tuning & Pitch Reference
  • Fine Tuning by Ear
  • Using an Electronic Tuner
  • Choosing a Pick
  • How to Hold the Pick
  • Right Hand Positioning
  • Pick Angle
  • Lets Make Some Sounds!
  • Setting Your Tone Goals
  • Basic Left Hand Technique
  • Coordination Between Both Hands
  • Basic Mandolin Fingerings
  • The G Major Scale
  • Chromatic Exercise
  • Using Tablature
  • Introduction to Rhythm: Using a Metronome
  • Basic Two Finger Chords: Open Position G, C & D
  • "You Are My Sunshine" - Key of G
  • "Amazing Grace" - Key of G
  • Basic Pick Stroke Theory
  • "Red Haired Boy" - Key of A
  • "Old Joe Clark" - Key of A
  • "Billy in the Lowground" - Key of C
  • Recap on All the Open Chords So Far: G, C, D, A, E & F
  • Major Scale Construction: Moveable A Major Scale
  • 1-4-5 Chord Progression Explained
  • "Nine Pound Hammer" - Key of G
  • "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" - Key of D
  • Finding Minor Chords: Gm, Cm & Dm
  • "Shady Grove" - Key of Dm
  • Moveable Barre Chords: Major & Minor
  • Seventh Chords
  • The Bluegrass Chop
  • The Bluegrass Chop - Play Alongs
  • Open Chop Chords
  • Slides
  • Hammer-Ons
  • Pull-Offs
  • Hammer-On Pull-Offs
  • "Turkey in the Straw" - Key of G
  • Introduction to Tremolo
  • "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - Key of Dm
  • How to Change Strings


  • Introduction to Intermediate
  • Memorizing the Fretboard
  • Inlay Markers as Roadmaps
  • Memorizing the "Natural Notes"
  • Finding Octaves
  • "Brown County Breakdown" - Key of E
  • Chord Scales
  • Introduction to Arpeggios
  • Two Octave Arpeggios
  • Chord Scale Exercise
  • Arpeggio Exercise
  • "New Camptown Races" - Key of Bb
  • Introduction to Crosspicking
  • Crosspicking: "Sugarfoot Rag" - Key of G
  • Root Position and Chord Inversions
  • Choosing Chord Shapes to Play
  • Chop Chords: Minor & Dominant 7
  • Introduction to Double Stops
  • Double Stops: "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - Key of Dm
  • Transposing: "Nine Pound Hammer"
  • Playing Fills Behind a Vocalist
  • Introduction to Triplets
  • Triplets: "Red Haired Boy" - Key of A
  • "Rebecca" - Key of B
  • Bill Monroe Inspired Licks & Phrases
  • "Bluegrass Stomp" - Key of D
  • "Big Sandy River" - Key of A
  • Metronome Exercise
  • Bluegrass Tag Endings
  • "Saint Anne's Reel"


  • Checking in with Technique: The Three T's
  • Taking Care of Our Hands
  • Strengthening Exercise 1
  • Strengthening Exercise 2
  • Strengthening Exercise 3
  • Strengthening Exercise 4
  • Strengthening Exercise 5
  • Strengthening Exercise 6
  • Strengthening Exercise 7
  • Strengthening Exercise 8
  • Introduction to Chord Melodies
  • Chord Melody: "People Get Ready" - Key of D
  • Chord Melody: "Tennessee Waltz" - Key of C
  • Improvising
  • Celtic Tune - Key of G
  • Metronome Challenge
  • Playing with Speed
  • "Raw Hide" - Key of C
  • "Big Mon" - Key of A
  • "Smashville" - Key of B
  • "Best Buy" Solo - Key of A
  • "Stranded" - Key of D
  • Building Solo Arrangements: "Weighted Mind" - Key of F#
  • "Bombshell" - Key of B
  • "The Last Minute" - Key of D


  • Introduction to Octave Mandolin
  • Basic Fingerings
  • Using a Capo
  • Strumming & Chopping
  • Finger Picking: "Amazing Grace" - Key of G
  • "Old Dangerfield" - Key of A
  • Octave Stings

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