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Get started off right on the mandolin, with basic techniques, scales and chords, and simple and popular bluegrass and old-time tunes to play. Includes downloadable Play-Along audio practice tracks for rhythm and melody on all tunes, advice on embellishing melodies and playing tremolo, and more.
 
 
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The fiddle tune “Angeline the Baker” is a must-know tune for all roots music instrumentalists. Sharon teaches it here note-for-note and phrase-by-phrase. “Angeline the Baker” is in the key of D, and Sharon starts by reviewing the D major scale. She also talks about marking the time with your downstrokes, even if there’s a rest on that downstroke (sometimes called a “ghost stroke”), which will help you maintain a steady tempo. Sharon plays each phrase of the A part numerous times, so you can practice playing each phrase with her until you really get it down and are ready to put all four phrases together for the entire A part.
 
 
 
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Finger Planting
Finger Planting
 
After you’ve learned a couple handfuls of tunes, Sharon checks in with you about some technique issues. In this lesson, she discusses “finger planting,” which is basically an efficient way to place your fingers on the fingerboard when playing melodies. She begins with a review of the G major scale and then talks about keeping your fingers “planted” as they move up the scale. She also shows you the A major scale, which helps you stretch your ring finger out from the middle finger.

 
 
 
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