Tag: Bluegrass

learn to play the mandolin

Tunefox – Learn to Play Bluegrass Tunes

Tunefox is a new web and app based learning tool for bluegrass instruments. I was asked by Bennett Sullivan to present tunefox in my blog.

Tunefox is primaily a web and app based learning tool for banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. To use all the features of tunefox you need to subscribe.

As a subscriber you get access to the app or website with tutorials for many Bluegrass tunes. For each tune you can select between different levels of difficulty and between different playling styles. You can try the free tunes Cripple Creek and Worried Man Blues on the website.

To learn the tune you can play along the TABs, change the playback speed and shuffle the licks of the tune which can create many different solo versions for each tune.

You can also use the free beginner lessons, blog posts, youtube videos and other resources of tunefox without paying.

Tunefox is presented in the following introduction video:

Salt Creek Advanced Mandolin Solo

Tunefox will have it’s first Tunefox Camp with Mike Compton as mandolin instructor and other experienced Bluegrass instructors in May 2019. You can find detailed information about the tunefox camp on the tunefox website.

Additional information

Tunefox Youtube Channel

Tunefox youtube playlists

Tunefox Website

Tunefox Blog

Tunefox Camp

bluegrass

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike – Bluegrass

Valerie Smith and her Band Liberty Pike have played in Germany for several times. Valerie Smith has written several great Bluegrass songs, and she has played with many great Bluegrass musicians. Her discography lists currently 14 albums, the latest album “Small Town Heroes” will be published soon.

This year she played again at the IBMA convention.

I have compiled a Playlist with a selection of older and newer videos.

Playlist Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Additional Information

Valerie Smith – Airplay Direct

Valerie Smith-Here’s A Little Song: http://airplaydirect.com/music/HeresALittleSong/

Valerie Smith: http://airplaydirect.com/valeriesmith

Becky Buller – Little Bird: http://airplaydirect.com/Littlebird

Valerie Smith – Small Town Heroes: http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/SmallTownHeroes/

Americana

Andrew Collins Trio – A musical fusion of classical…

I have first discovered Andrew Collins on the coolmandolin website where he had allowed his music to be played for the visitors. He belongs to the most interesting mandolin players that I know.

Andrew Collins founded his Andrew Collins Trio some years ago. Each of the three musicians plays several instruments. Andrew Collins plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello, Mike Mezzatesta plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola and James McEleney plays bass and mandocello.

When they are on tour they take with them up to 13 instruments. The style of the trio is difficult to describe, its a musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic. Andrew Collins says that the trio gives him much freedom when playing and a lot of space to be filled.

The Andrew Collins Trio has just published a new double-CD tounge groove. CD 1 named Tounge contains 11 songs, while CD 2 named Groove contains eight instrumentals.

The previous CD And It Was Good was based on the biblical story Genesys about the creation of the World in seven days. For this CD the trio was joyned by a string quartet.

This trio can sound like a Bluegrass band, like a Jazz trio, but also like a classical plucked strings ensemble.

Promotional Video about the Andrew Collins Trio

I have found many great videos with the Andrew Collins Trio at youtube, and I have compiled this playlist – enjoy!

Playliste The Andrew Collins Trio

A complete concert is available at youtube as well: Read more “Andrew Collins Trio – A musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic”

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John Reischman: A Prairie Jewel – A Beautiful Tune…

I am currently reviewing a list of songs and tunes that I have collected for my band Blackberry Jam. A beautiful instrumental for the mandolin is A Prairie Jewel by John Reischman. John Reischman is one of the best sounding mandolin players that I know. His album North of the Border belongs to my all time favorite mandolin albums.

John Reischman : A Prairie Jewel

“A Prairie Jewel” is from John Reischman’s exquisite 2013 release, “Walk Along John”. His website is http://www.johnreischman.com “One of the most tasteful and accomplished mandolinists anywhere.” – Acoustic Musician

A live video of A Prairie Jewel can be found on the website of Peghead Nation:

https://pegheadnation.com/featured-videos/back-room/john-reischman-kenny-smith-prairie-jewel/

My version as a Mandolin & Guitar duet:

I have not found any TABs for this tune, but as it is a slow tune it is easy to learn from the videos.

Chord Chart:


Buy John Reischman – Walk Along John (Amazon partnerlink)

Another great album by John Reischman – one of my favorite albums:

North of the Border

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