MANDOLIN LESSON 4 - by Bradley Laird
EXERCISE 3 - STEADY 8TH NOTES
Again, two 8th notes get one beat. In this exercise, you will play
a steady stream of eight 8th notes on each string. This should be
played with a "down-up down-up" pick
each measure with a downstroke and ending each measure on an upstroke.
This is counted aloud as "one
and two and three and four and." Notice the "ands" are
all on upstrokes.
EXERCISE 4 - STRING CHANGING
Here is an exercise to give you some practice in changing strings.
the down-up pattern of pick direction going as you did in
EXERCISE 5 - COMBINING 8TH NOTES AND QUARTER NOTES
This exercise is similar to #2 in that we are combining 8ths and
each measure alone before attempting to play the entire
exercise. To count the rhythm of the first measure you
say "one, two and,
EXERCISE 6 - RESTS
A quarter note rest (shown in between the two notes in measure
one) gets the same amount of time as a quarter note–you
simply do not play a note. Move the pick down for the "rest" note,
just do not touch the string. An eighth note rest (shown in
measure 3) gets the same time value as an 8th note.
is suggested that you move the pick in the normal up-down
manner, just do
not hit the string.
EXERCISE 7 - REPEAT SIGNS
are some more exercises in string changing. Measures enclosed
by the repeat sign are played twice. Remember to use a down-up-down-up
pick stroke pattern.
stuff is easy! (Well, that last measure is not so easy!) I am ready
to go to lesson
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