Mandolin For Dummies by Don Julin

By Don Julin

The enjoyable and straightforward method to learn how to play the mandolin

The latest addition to the hugely profitable Dummies instrument-instruction line, Mandolin For Dummies delivers easy-to-follow, step by step guide on studying to play the mandolin. Following the time-tested Dummies structure, Mandolin For Dummies offers a degree of content material and guideline more than whatever presently available.

Mandolin For Dummies breaks down the basics of this software and offers the assets you want to perform and enhance your skill over time.

• full of individualized guideline on key mandolin-friendly musical kinds, together with Irish and Celtic, "old time" American track, blues, bluegrass, swing, and jazz
• records to be had through obtain supply audio tracks from the booklet and workouts so that you can play alongside and construct your talents -- nearly 2 hours of music!
• transparent and helpful photographs and diagrams make sure you be anxious, strum, and choose with precision
• encompasses a mandolin purchasing consultant to assist make sure you make the correct purchases
• pointers on restringing mandolins and different DIY care and upkeep topics

If you're an aspiring mandolin participant, don't be troubled! Mandolin For Dummies has you coated.

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Not all mandolins have pick guards, and some people (including myself) remove them to allow more sound to come out of the soundhole. Introducing the neck The neck is the long, slender part attached to the body and runs parallel to the strings. Your left hand is going to spend a lot of time on the neck, and so get familiar with the different parts. Fingerboard The fingerboard, or fretboard, is a thin piece of hardwood with very precise grooves or channels cut in it, into which the frets (see the next section) are hammered or pressed.

I was attending my first Classical Mandolin Society of America conference and planned to participate in the En Masse Orchestra (made up of over 100 stringed instruments such as mandolins, mandolas, mando-cellos, guitars and basses). At the first rehearsal, the sound was like I’d stepped inside the world’s biggest beehive! The sound of over 800 strings being tuned at the same time is certainly intoxicating, but you need to know what you’re doing to tune your mandolin accurately in such situations.

Also, many car park jam sessions are held standing. You need a strap in order to play standing up. Start by standing up straight and placing the strap over your left shoulder, as I describe in the following Chapter 3: Getting a Handle on Your Mandolin section. With the neck at a slightly upward angle, position your right hand by bringing your right forearm to rest were the rim meets the body just above the tailpiece and place your right hand so that the pick is about an inch from the end of the fingerboard (see Figure 3-3).

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