Essential Techniques for Mandolin

How about a lesson from one of the most talented mandolin players in bluegrass today?  With Essential Techniques for Mandolin, you will have the opportunity to sit down and receive technical tips from Chris Thile.

In this DVD, Thile discusses both the left and right hands and how they should handle the mandolin.  You will learn:

  • Why you should keep your hands relaxed while playing.
  • How to keep your fingers close to the strings for efficiency.
  • Correct picking patterns to use in all situations.
  • Scales and arpeggios to take you all the way up the neck.

You will be provided with helps for practicing these techniques, too.  Thile uses several tunes to illustrate the principles that he is discussing.  After learning the key technical principles and mastering a song with the help of the included tablature, you can play the tune with Thile, and then take the lead as he provides the accompaniment.

Another nice feature of Essential Techniques for Mandolin is the incredible solo performances of several of Thile’s original compositions.  These will definitely inspire you!

For all mandolin players who are interested in improving their skills, working with Essential Techniques for Mandolin is a great way to master the instrument.  Take your time with this one.  It will challenge you.