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Discuss the Mandolin lesson: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/what-a-friend-we-have-in-jesus-mandolin-intermediate

The guitar solo is first, but stick around for a tasty mandolin take on this classic hymn! I love the space in this arrangement combined with the syncopation!

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Yay! Love this song. Great arrangement. I like the way the Northfield sounds on that.

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I am LOVING this Northfield! I bought it to sell, but it hasn’t been listed on the store yet…for some reason.

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Well, now I know what I’m learning on mando next… Is that the artist series? the headstock looks like an F5s

Yep, the Artist series. The best mandolin I’ve ever had in the Cabin.

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Wow, even better than your Gibson, Snake, and the Big Mon? Thats gotta be some mandolin…

Yes, blows them all away.

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You may not want to use it in videos… someone might make you an offer you can’t refuse!

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You are simply an Outstanding Musician Ben. Worldwide music thanks you for your existence. Perfect arrangement.:clap::clap:

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Wow… High praise indeed!

Just finished learning this, great arrangement. I noticed several parts sounded very similar to Hannah’s song

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Ben. Question on technique. On the two string tremolos (measures 37, 38 etc.), are you using an up-and-down motion of the wrist, or are you rotating the wrist/forearm so that you see the pad of the thumb (if you follow what I’m saying). I came across an instructional video from Sharon Gilchrist recently, who was talking about using the latter approach, which seems harder to me. Thanks.

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Interesting question…

I’m doing a little of both. It’s a 3-dimensional movement, not a 2. Does that make sense?

Yeah, it does. Takes work to get everything right-all four strings, musicality and the timing.