Learn to play solos on classic bluegrass songs and instrumentals using bluegrass mandolin techniques like tremolo, double stops, two-string melodies, and more.
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I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
In this lesson you’ll learn the bluegrass standard “I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky” using a common technique in bluegrass mandolin: playing melodies on two pairs of strings. Sharon starts this lesson by talking about the basic right-hand technique for playing two pairs of strings at a time. She shows you how to keep the pick out on the edge of the strings and not let the pick dig in past the strings as well as how to slightly rotate your wrist so you can play all four strings (both pairs) at once. Sharon also gives you advice on practicing this technique with a metronome, with some ideas for exercises you can do.
Here's our Fiddle Styles Workshop host and instructor, Brittany Haas, playing one of her original compositions, "Down The Hatch" on July 5, 2014, part of the Vero Beach International Music Festival, at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, FL. Brittany is joined by The Advancing Mandolinist instructor Joe Walsh and her talented sister, Natalie Haas.