Discuss the Mandolin lesson: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus


#1

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/i-have-decided-to-follow-jesus-mandolin-advanced

I’ve got TWO solos for you, so listen all the way through the preview! The 2nd one is a very swampy, bluesy Monroe-style solo that we’ll have lots of fun with. No turnin’ back…no turnin’ back.


#2

You mandolin pickers let me know if you want to work on more stuff like I play in this 2nd mandolin solo. It’s not my default style, but it is fun and could be a joy to pursue.


#3

The second solo will be a skill-stretcher for a week or two (or more!), but it sure does sound like fun to play. Nothing wrong with the other solos, too!!


#4

So I’ve been running thru the first and tried the second both at half speed (the little sprocket thingy at the bottom). The first I 'bout have under control at normal speed and the second at half speed is a challenge. Then noticing you can speed up to 2x normal, I tried that. Wow, fasten your seat-belt. Now I have a new standard to try to play up to. :sweat_smile:


#5

I love Bluegrass gospel. Putting and old and new twist on classic tune like this makes it all the sweeter. I can hardly wait till the next one.
Thank you Ben.


#6

What and answer to prayer these lessons are! God bless ya Ben!


#7

What I’m wondering is… where’s the tab for the banjo solo, Ben???


#8

@Wendell 'm sure it will come out as a banjo specific lesson in the coming weeks.


#9

I haven’t started on this one yet, but it’s on my short list.

In response to working up jazzier versions of Gospel songs, years ago I never heard “Softly and Tenderly” but liked the words and chord progressions. So I played the song as I heard it in my head. Upbeat. Rhythm guitar so I could sing it. I taught it to my sisters and we ended up playing it at my sister’s church. Silence, but followed by a good response, like “I’ve never heard it quite that way before”.

So with all respect, I’m now learning S&T the way Ben is teaching it, but would love to follow it up with a more Bluegrass version.

Thanks for your website; I’m learning more faster than ever, understanding why I’m doing stuff and starting to get the hang of improvising!


#10

I love that second mando break!