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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 Mandolin and Basic Terminology
  • Posture: How to Hold the Mandolin
  • Basic Tuning
  • Tuning by Ear
  • Using an Electronic Tuner
  • 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
  • Slides
  • Hammer-Ons
  • Pull-Offs
  • Hammer-On Pull-Offs
  • "Turkey in the Straw" - Key of G
  • Basic Checkpoint 5
  • Introduction to Tremolo
  • "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" - Key of Dm
  • Basic Checkpoint 6
  • How to Change Strings
  • Miscellaneous Topics

+ Intermediate Mandolin

+ Advanced Mandolin

+ Octave Mandolin

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What's In This Plan:


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