Mandolin Intermediate

Mandolin Intermediate: Week #6

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up/Scale: Continue to read through your G major scale as before. This week instead of saying the note names out loud sing them out loud!

  • Technique: keep working on your tremolo picking and remember to find the point of balance for your right hand

  • Chords: we have some challenging chords this week: three finger versions of F and F#-

  • Repertoire: Temperance Reel A and B section melody and chords 3 times each day

Temperance Reel

 

 

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Mandolin Intermediate: Week #5

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up/Scale: READ through the scale passage each day 3 times through

  • Technique: continue your work with tremolo picking, focusing on relaxation and balance

  • Chords: practice D—, Bb, and B major three times each day

  • Repertoire: “Bile Em Cabbage Down” A Section: make sure you are picking both strings evenly in the double stops here.  Practice the melody and chords 3 times each day.

G Scale Exercise

 

 

 

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Mandolin Intermediate: Week #4
  • Warm up/scale: continue reading through G maj 2-3 times each day and say note names out loud.  Use alternate picking to play each note 4 times: down up down up

  • Technique: It is still very important to focus on staying relaxed through your tremolo picking exercise on each string every day. This is coming along great!

  • Chords: fret your E minor three times each day, remembering to flatten out your first finger so that the pad of your finger tip can sound both of the middle strings. This is a tough one so stay vigilant!

  • Repertoire: Please keep Soldier’s Joy in your regular practice.  We will get to the B section in a couple weeks.

                This week we have the A section to our recital tune, “Temperence Reel.”  Read through the A section 3 times each day, ad play through the chord changes three times as well.

     

     

     

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Mandolin Intermediate: Week #3

 

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up/Scale: G major two octaves: READ the scale ascending and descending 3 times a day, saying the note names out loud as you go.

  • Technique: we are focusing on tremolo picking this session. Build upon last week's work, setting up your right hand to move quickly and completely relaxed. This week focus on where your hand and forearm come into contact with the mandolin. Treat this like a meditation: we are not trying to change anything necessarily, just to be mindful of how your right hand is working.

  • Repertoire: Read “Soldier’s Joy” three times each day.  We are not trying to memorize this tune!  We are using it as a reading exercise, so make sure your eyes are on the page as you play through.

G Major Two Octaves

Reading Rhythm

 

 

 

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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!

THREE FINGER VOICINGS:

G. C. D


 

 

 

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