Scales Don't Have To Be Boring

free mandolin lessonIn this free video lesson by Brad Laird you'll learn some ways to vary the major scale to create more interesting sounds. Putting some variety into your scale practice will make it more enjoyable and lead you to some new note selection ideas too! Brad teaches 3 versions of the major scale and also covers the bebop scale.

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Here is the tab and standard notation for this lesson:

free mandolin tab for instant blues


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Playing with Building Blocks by Brad Laird is a downloadable Quicktime lesson which teaches 8 useful and moveable licks which can be used to construct solos and while improvising on the mandolin. Brad teaches each lick and then shows you how to move them to other locations to fit the chord progression of the song. Three complete 12 bar solos are taught, each one progressively more complex, using only the 8 licks taught in the video. This lesson includes an MP3 practice track and a 6-page PDF file with the tab and standard notation. The PDF also includes a Bonus Solo illustrating how Salty Dog can be played using these licks. $5.99

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