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November 27, 2014 | Zak Borden; Circle of 5ths Part 1


We've mentioned the music and lessons of Brazillionaires mandolinist and clinician, Zak Borden in the past. His YouTube video series is effective at explaining some of the important theory and mandolin pedagogy that aren't always easily extracted out of a book. His latest is one of our favorite concepts, the Circle of 5ths.

Our instrument is already tuned in 5ths, and Zak exploits this as a jumping off point for getting into the larger elements of flats and sharps, enharmonic keys, and even relative minors. Even if you already have a grip on these, it's always great to see an effective teacher explain them.


Video Link: Circle of 5ths Part 1

YouTube channel: Zak Borden

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Posted by Ted at November 27, 2014 6:56 AM

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