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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!

Bluegrass Mandolin with Sierra Hull

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

Basic Mandolin

Welcome to Basic
Introduction to Tremolo
"Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - Key of Dm
Introduction to Mandolin and Basic Terminology
Posture: How to Hold the Mandolin
Basic Tuning
Tuning by Ear
Using an Electronic Tuner
Miscellaneous Topics
Choosing a Pick
How to Hold the Pick
Right Hand Position
Pick Angle
Let's Make Some Sounds!
Setting your Tone Goals
Basic Left Hand Technique
Coordination Between Both Hands
Basic Mandolin Fingerings
The G Major Scale
Basic Checkpoint 1
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 Open Chords So Far: G, C, D, A, E & F
Basic Checkpoint 2
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
Basic Checkpoint 3
Moveable Barre Chords: Major & Minor
Seventh Chords
Basic Checkpoint 4
The Bluegrass Chop
Open Chop Chords
Hammer-On Pull-Offs
"Turkey in the Straw" - Key of G
Basic Checkpoint 5
Basic Checkpoint 6
How to Change Strings

Intermediate Mandolin

Intro to Intermediate
"Saint Anne's Reel" - Key of D
Memorizing the Fretboard
Inlay Markers as Roadmaps
Memorizing the Natural Notes
Finding Octaves
"Brown County Breakdown" - Key of E
Miscellaneous Topics
Chord Scales
Introduction to Arpeggios
Two Octave Arpeggios
"New Camptown Races" - Key of Bb
Intro to Crosspicking
"Sugarfoot Rag" - Key of G - Using Crosspicking
Root Position and Chord Inversions
Choosing Chord Shapes to Play
Chop Chords: Minor & Dominant 7
Introduction to Double Stops
"Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - Key of D minor - Using Double Stops
Transposing "Nine Pound Hammer"
Playing Fills Behind a Vocalist
Introduction to Triplets
"Red Haired Boy" - Key of A - Using Triplets
"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

Advanced Mandolin

Welcome to Advanced
Checking in with Technique: The Three T's
Taking Care of our Hands
Strengthening Exercise 1
Strengthening Exercise 2
Strengthening Exercise 3
Miscellaneous Topics
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
Celtic Tune - Key of G
Metronome Challenge
Playing with Speed
“Raw Hide” - Key of C
"Big Mon" - Key of A
Building Solo Arrangements: “Weighted Mind” - Key of F# Minor
"Smashville" - Key of B
"Best Buy" - Key of A
"Stranded" - Key of D
"Bombshell" - Key of B
"The Last Minute" - Key of D

Octave Mandolin

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

Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview -NEW!

Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 1
Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 2
Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 3
Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 4
Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 5
Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 6
Sierra & Michael Daves - FreshGrass Festival 2022 Backstage Interview - Part 7

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