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Welcome to BradleyLaird.com - Play The Mandolin
Stroll around the website and you'll find free beginner mandolin lessons, intermediate lessons, mandolin tablature, 23 free video mandolin lessons, 9 free printable mandolin chord charts, and lots of other resources to help you learn to play the mandolin. Use the menu above to scope out the various materials on the site. This series of mandolin lessons is perfect for homeschoolers, self-directed learners, and people without access to a good mandolin teacher. Happy picking!
Jackson's Free Mandolin Tuning App
My 8 year old son Jackson designed this app to help you tune. Don't ask me how he did it! Just click on each note and match your strings to the sound of that note. The sounds are recordings of Ol' Faithful, my '85 Flatiron F-5. The green flag starts the app and the red stop sign stops it.
If this Flash app doesn't work on your device, no worries! I have another whole page of tuning information and sound files here.
These Beginning Video Lessons have taught 1,000s of people just like you to play mandolin!
I invite you to consider these video lessons. Thousands of people have learned to play using these videos because they really work! Click on the image below to read about them and watch free demos:
Getting Started Playing Mandolin
This is a free video lesson I made a few years back that is perfect for people who are picking up a mandolin for the first time. If you like my mandolin lessons check out the complete list of my video lessons here.
If this is your first visit let me take you on a guided tour...
Be sure to check out these Free Mandolin Chord Charts organized by key. For example, if you want to play a song in the Key of G all the chords you will encounter are presented on one page! I have prepared chord chart sheets for all of the 8 most common "bluegrass keys." Those "mega-charts" that list every chord known to man just never made sense to me. I always thought that since chords tend to travel in families (keys) it would make sense to learn them in "sets" which include the chords you are most likely to encounter in those keys.
Here's a little sample of my mandolin playing. It's an oldie but goodie called Whiskey Before Breakfast. To get you started you'll even find a beginning version of this tune, all tabbed out for you to practice, right here on my site.
Here is my pal Buddy Ashmore and me playing a great old tune called Jerusalem Ridge. You can learn to do this!
"What is a Pentatonic Scale?" Lesson
Pentatonic scales are the basis for many melodies and very handy when improvising, especially in the bluegrass or rock and blues worlds. If you need help understanding about scales, chords, basic music theory, how to practice effectively, and the always elusive topic of improvising, I suggest you take a look at my book "Mandolin Master Class." Even beginners can get a great head start by studying this book early in the learning process--but it's never too late to get "up to speed", even if you've been pickin' for years!
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