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Techniques & Exercises

Alternate picking, Tremolo, Slides, Hammer-ons, Triplets, Double Stops, Strumming patterns, Scales, and many more topics are covered in this section. These are the techniques and skills that make you sounds wonderful on the mandolin. It takes many years to master these techniques so don't be in a hurry, also don't get discouraged when you find that some of these skills are very difficult and seem quite un-natural at first. Remember that songs are the reason you are playing the mandolin and these established mandolin techniques will help you make your songs more beautiful. 

 

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  (3.0)
  (3.0a) Getting To Know The Notes Pt. 1: Open Strings & The Musical Alphabet
  (3.0b) Getting To Know The Notes Pt. 2: The Notes D, G, C, and F
  (3.0c) Getting To Know The Notes Pt. 3: Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db.
  (3.0d) Getting To Know The Notes Pt.4: F#, B, E, and A
  (3.0e) Getting To Know The Notes Pt. 5: Six Notes in Ascending & Descending Patterns
  (3.0f) Getting To Know The Notes Pt. 6: The Other Six Notes in Ascending & Descending Patterns
  (3.0g) Counting 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4
  (3.0h) Time Signatures
  (3.0i) Counting 8th notes, triplets, and 16th notes
  (3.0j) Playing The Rests Pt.1
  (3.0k) Playing The Rests Pt. 2
  (3.0l) Playing The Rests Pt.3
  (3.1)
  (3.1a) Basic Alternate Picking
  (3.1aa) Basic Left Hand Fingering
  (3.1b) Four Easy Picking Exercises
  (3.1c) Intro to Tremolo
  (3.1d) Free/Expressive Tremolo
  (3.1e) Syncopated Picking Exercises
  (3.1f) Right Hand Exercises
  (3.1g) The Mighty Downstroke
  (3.1i) Staggered 16ths
  (3.1j) McReynold Style Cross-picking Basics
  (3.1k) McReynolds Style Cross-Picking: I-IV-V Patterns A Major
  (3.1l) McReynolds Style Cross-Picking: I-IV-V Patterns D Major
  (3.1m) McReynolds Style Cross-Picking: I-IV-V Patterns C Major
  (3.2a) Left Hand Muting
  (3.2b) Two Types of Slides
  (3.2c) Hammer-ons
  (3.2d) Adding Drone Strings
  (3.2f) Two Pinky Exercises
  (3.3)
  (3.3a) Basic Old Time Strumming
  (3.3b) Pop Strumming Patterns in G
  (3.3c) Old Time Style Strumming Variations
  (3.3d) Non-Strumming Rhythm
  (3.3e) 3/4 Time "Waltz" Strumming
  (3.3f) The Chop Chord
  (3.3g) Swing -Jazz Rhythm
  (3.3h) Bossa Nova (heartbeat)
  (3.3i) Bossa Nova (syncopated)
  (3.3j) Choro Rhythm pattern (one bar)
  (3.3k) Samba Rhythm Pattern (two bars)
  (3.3l) Choro Rhythm Pattern (two bar)
  (3.3m) Clave with Backbeat Rhythm Pattern
  (3.4) Three-String 7th Chords
  (3.4) Three-String Major Chords
  (3.5)
  (3.5a) G Major Scale
  (3.5b) A Major Scale
  (3.5c) D Major Scale
  (3.5d) C Major Scale
  (3.5e) E Major Scale
  (3.5f) B Major Scale
  (3.5g) F Major Scale
  (3.5h) Bb Major Scale
  (3.5i) Eb Major Scale
  (3.5j) Ab Major Scale
  (3.5k) Gb Major Scale
  (3.5l) Db Major Scale
  (3.5m) First Position Major Scales in All 12 Keys
  (3.5ma) First Position Major Scales Exercise
  (3.5n) Crucial Scale Sequences
  (3.5o) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 1
  (3.5p) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 1 Exercise
  (3.5q) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 2
  (3.5r) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 2 Exercise
  (3.5s) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 3
  (3.5t) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 3 Exercise
  (3.5u) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 4
  (3.5v) Moveable Major Scale Pattern 4 Exercise
  (3.5w) 36 Scale Exercises
  (3.5x) Pentatonic Scales
  (3.5y) Chromatic Scale
  (3.5z) A Harmonic Minor Scale
  (3.6a) Mixolidian Mode
  (MV1.0) Practice Tips
  (MV1.1) Playing Chords in D
  (MV1.2) The Mighty G Chord
  (MV1.3) Playing In Bb
  (MV1.4) G Scale Shift
  (PSP4) Pop Strumming Patterns in C Major