Mandolin Intermediate

Mandolin Intermediate: Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up/Scale: READ G major ascending and descending 3 x/day

  • Technique: Continue with your alternate picking exercise from last week, focusing on staying balanced and relaxed on each string.

  • Reading: Memorize the note names for lines and spaces on the staff and remember these terms: Staff, Clef, Ledger Line, Key signature. Read G major each day, making sure you say the note names out loud as you play. Take your time and get each note correct before moving to the next one.

  • Chords: Put your three finger voicings to work in “Banks of the Ohio.”

G Major





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Mandolin Intermediate: Week #1

Hey class!  I’m very excited to play some mandolin with you this session!  Remember to memorize your chord fingerings by name!  We’ll be learning many new chords this session.



We have been introduced to the father of bluegrass before, Mr. Bill Monroe.  I think it is worthwhile at this moment to refocus on the most important pioneer of the instrument at a later point in his career.  With a 50 year career, it is absolutely worth your while to dedicate a phase of your listening to this most influential figure.

List of Goals for the week:

Spend the first few minutes of each practice session to "check in"with your technique and instrument positioning:

  • Sitting comfortably with feet at right angles to the ground and supporting the weight of your forward motion

  • The bottom of your instrument resting on your right leg

  • Your right forearm firmly but comfortably securing the mandolin against your rib cage.

  • The remainder of the weight of your instrument resting on your left hand, at the side of your first finger (remember to "shake the hand" of your mandolin).

  • Warm Up: alternate picking: Starting on the G string, focus on keeping an even tone between down and up strokes and on a relaxed hand, wrist and forearm. Really try to find the spot where the instrument holds your right hand in a comfortable position. Play slow and fast on each string, Moving from G up to E and back.

  • Scale: The formula for any major scale is W W H W W W H. Play your G scale up and down the G string, playing each note a few times with alternate picking and saying the note names out loud: G A B C D E F# G

Chords: make sure to play each of the following one note at a time to make sure that each note is sounding correctly!


G. C. D




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