Marcus Mumford and his merry band of friends, AKA Mumford & Sons have been around since 2007 and brought new life to the old folk rock sound with some acoustic instrumentation, banjo and stand up bass to name a few. Their songs have been very popular with students of all ages and many include some very challenging techniques. This package covers a wide range of their sounds with lessons on The Cave, Ghosts That We Knew, I Will Wait, Below My Feet and Fare Thee Well, also known as Dink's Song which appeared in the Coen Brothers' movie O Brother Where Art Thou?
Lesson 1: The Cave - Guitar Lesson
The Cave is a catchy song by Mumford & Sons. It is done in Open D Tuning with a capo at the second fret. It features a few very easy chords but the right hand techniques include arpeggio picking, palm muting, and double-time strumming.
Lesson 2: Ghosts That We Knew - Guitar Lesson
Ghosts That We Knew is a song by Mumford & Sons that should be released on their upcoming album, scheduled for September 2012. The song has made the YouTube rounds already and is attracting quite a bit of attention. It features minimal versions of chords in the key of G, using just two fretted notes and one open string droning. There is an unusual picking pattern as well, using a mono-bass with the index finger alternating strings. It is done with a capo at the fifth fret.
Lesson 3: I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons - Guitar Lesson
This song by Mumford and Sons is a prime example of bluegrass rhythm guitar. If you’re looking for a song that is not only a ton of fun to play, but one you can also sing pretty easily, then you picked the right tune!
I Will Wait showcases the unique rhythms that Mumford and Sons use in many of their songs, which is a nice perk because once you learn these rhythms, you can easily apply them to other songs which makes learning/playing that much easier.
Lesson 4: Below My Feet by Mumford and Sons - Guitar Lesson
This Mumford and Sons song is a great way to get used to a couple of fundamental finger style guitar techniques. The first of which is playing with a capo and getting accustomed to seeing the fretboard as a smaller version of its normal size.
The second technique is learning how to keep a rhythmic pattern in your plucking hand all while changing chords and fingerings with your fretting hand. In this lesson we’ll cover not only these two major techniques, but also all the chords, patterns and riffs that make up this great tune!
Lesson 5: Fare Thee Well - Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford - Guitar Lesson
Fare Thee Well, also known as Dink’s Song, has recently surfaced in the Coen Brother’s movie Inside Llewyn Davis. The soundtrack recording was done by Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac and this lesson looks at the two versions that were featured in the movie.
The main one was done in Open D Tuning and the ending version was done very simply in the key of G, more like the way Dave Van Ronk recorded it in the early 1960s.
The lesson is also done in a very traditional folk way, just handed down by word of mouth, no tab involved. A bit of a background in freestyle fingerpicking is necessary to get the feel that Marcus Mumford got in the open tuning, but the chord shapes are shown and explained very clearly.