Mandolin Exercises For Dummies
Access to downloadable audio files for all of the music and exercises found in the book provide you with a self-contained practice package. You can start off with a review of the basics - perfect if you've been away from the mandolin or you've finally picked one up - and then move onto:
Hundreds of exercises in various keys, positions, and rhythms
Drills & tips to perfect your playing and maximize your practice time
Technique building opportunities
Scales, scale sequences, arpeggios, arpeggio sequences, and chords
Full-length pieces to play along with
Mandolin Exercises For Dummies
If you re anything like me, playing mandolin is one of your favorite things to do in the world, and on a good day you even sound pretty good at it. But do you ever dream about being a much better mandolin player? If so, the time is right to stop dreaming and start working. These pages contain exercises and concepts that I ve collected from 30-plus years of mandolin playing, and I m happy to share them with you. Mandolin Exercises For Dummies contains loads of exercises for your fingers as well as for the musical part of your brain, involving some simple music theory concepts along with an understanding of where things are located on the mandolin fingerboard. One of the primary challenges for you as an evolving musician is the physical aspect of playing your instrument. Mandolin players hands need to be comfortable with a very specific set of activities or fine motor skills. The physical exercises in this book range from warm-up routines including stretching and relaxation exercises, to scale and arpeggio workouts. Each of the exercises requires specific skills for both hands, including (deep breath) alternate picking, tremolo, slides, hammer-ons, major scales, three types of minor scales, pentatonic scales, moveable scale and arpeggio patterns, double stops, chromatic fingerings, three-string chord forms, rhythm patterns, and plenty of other things to get your hands in shape.
Your brain gets a bit of a workout too, because many of the exercises require you to apply each scale pattern or sequence to different chords or keys. Don t worry if you aren t up to speed on all 12 major and minor keys yet you soon will be. By working with this book, you gain the necessary understanding of major scales, three types of minor scales, major, minor, seventh, diminished, and augmented chords, as well as arpeggios, diatonic harmony, and a bit of good-old greasy blues. I even include a chapter on applying your scale and arpeggio knowledge to the fascinating world of improvisation.About This Book
Feel free to thumb through this entire book, stopping to work on any section that you re interested in. You don t need to work through this book from cover to cover or in any particular order. Think of it as your long-term companion: you can explore new chapters and return to familiar ones for years to come. Each chapter is self-contained, and if any specific skills are called for, I cross-reference them. Many basic mandolin skills used in these exercises are contained in Mandolin For Dummies, and so if you want to know more, pick up a copy of that book as well.
Most of the exercises I present here aren t genre specific they re general mandolin skills that you see in a variety of musical styles. I don t include any esoteric exercises that only apply to classical mandolin technique.
I m well aware that people don t learn the same things in the same way, and so I explain many of the concepts in a variety of ways. On the printed page you see neck diagrams, standard music notation, tablature, chord diagrams, left-hand fingerings, suggested pick direction, and rhythm patterns. In addition, I include over 150 examples from Mandolin Exercises For Dummies in audio form so that you can hear them before trying to read them. Download the audio at www.dummies.com/go/mandolinexercises.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of this book:
- Listen to the downloadable audio tracks! Listen to the audio tracks! Listen to the audio tracks! Listen to the audio tracks! Oh, and did I mention, listen to the audio tracks! Music is sound, and unless you re already a great sight-reader, you gain much more of an idea of what each exercise is supposed to sound like from the audio tracks than from looking at the page.