MANDOLIN LESSON 5 - by Bradley Laird
EXERCISE 8 - FIRST AND SECOND ENDINGS
Sometimes, as a means of shortening the printed tablature for a song,
you will see "first and second endings" marked in the piece.
It simply means that you play the piece twice, and substitute the
second ending on the second time through.
this example you would play measure one, then the first ending, then
back to the beginning and play the
first measure again, then SKIP the first ending and play the second
ending. It sounds complicated, but just think
of the two numbered endings as alternate endings to a song. The
double line at the end simply indicates the
end of the song, or a section of a song. It is called a double
EXERCISE 9 - FRETTED NOTES
Up to this point we have played all open strings which are marked
my zeros in the tablature. Here now are some fretted notes. Place
a finger behind the fret indicated (they count up from the nut which
is zero, and go higher as you proceed up the neck towards the body
of the mandolin.)
are some general rules concerning which left hand fingertip frets
each note. Without a lengthy explanation at this stage, I suggest
that you use the fingers
indicated shown by the small numbers below each note.
Note: In the fourth measure you use your left "pinkie" to
play the 7th fret on the 4th string. This is the same exact
note as the first note in the 2nd measure. Notice that the sound
of the 7th fret note is the same as the open
string above it. Just keep in mind that,
first finger plays the 1st and 2nd fret notes.
- The second finger plays the 3rd and 4th fret notes.
- The third finger plays the 5th and 6th fret notes.
the fourth finger plays the 7th and 8th fret notes.
course, depending on the what notes are played, and in what order,
sometimes this general rule is broken. But, it is a good starting
place to determine which finger
is best for left hand fingering.
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