Mandolin Lesson - Begåvningsmarschen - Nordic Folk Music on Bluegrass Mandolin

In this mandolin video lesson it´s me, Magnus Zetterlund, showing you how to play a Scandinavian traditional wedding march on mandolin. This is a tune called Begåvningsmarschen from Härjedalen in Sweden, that dates back to the 19 century. I play a Phoenix Neo Bluegrass mandolin. This is a series of videos that I see as a introduction to Nordic folk music played on mandolin.

Winner - Dalecarlia Music Awards

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I´m proud to tell we won the Dalecarlia Music Award for best Folk music of the year. That feels great! :-)
Malin Foxdal Trio - "On the other side of Swede Hollow" , "På andra sidan Swede Hollow"

I´m not a fan of music competitions but after being a full time professional for 10 years I know that an award can mean a lot when it comes to booking gigs and things like that. It will boost the coming year a bit. 

Mandolin Lesson - Polska from Sörmland - Nordic Folk Music on Bluegrass Mandolin

In this mandolin video lesson it´s me, Magnus Zetterlund, showing you how to play a Scandinavian traditional dance tune on mandolin. This is an old and typical polska(slängpolska) from Södermanland in Sweden that dates back to the 18th century. I play a Phoenix Neo Bluegrass mandolin. This is a series of videos that I see as a introduction to Nordic folk music played on mandolin.

Jazz Mandolin Lesson - Minor Lick with Triplet - Sweep Picking Technique - Tutorial

In this mandolin lesson I show you a cool C-minor lick with a typical Jazz phrasing that uses a triplet on the second beat. This lick works across the entire fret board and can easily be played over any minor chord. It can be started on either the 3rd or 4th strings of the mandolin. I´m explaining the technique of sweep picking for the triplet. 

The Chordinero - New Guitar Capo

I just want to give you a look at this very cool guitar invention. It was given to me by the inventor who is a good friend of mine that also is a hobby guitarist.

The Chordinero is a fantastic tool to play open chords with standard tuning. In this video you can see how I can adjust the open note for every string individually. The possibilities are many. One thing I find very cool is that I can use an open tuning and still access my knowledge of the fretboard in the higher register.

10 Jazz Mandolin Licks and Techniques - New E-book

Here´s a short demo of the new e-book: 10 Jazz Mandolin Licks and Techniques. The book is a collection of mandolin licks and techniques that capture some characteristics of jazz music. Each variation is described in text and also written with standard notation and mandolin tablature (TAB). In the demo video I´m using the techniques over the chord changes for jazz standard "All of Me".

Happy New Year!

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I hope you and your family had a great holiday season. 

My family and I took a trip up to Trysil, Norway to spend time with friends, go skiing, and reflect on 2017. It was really good.
My wife and I are really fascinated that our son is starting school in 2018. Where did our baby go? ;-)

Thank you for being a part of my community in 2017!