Mike covers different playing postures from the seated position. He notes that the mandolin should not be supported from the neck, but rather the instrument should be secured between the legs, and pressed against the body with the picking hand, leaving the fretting hand free to move around the neck.
- I'd like to talk about posture now.…The mandolin, we think of it in this country as primarily…a folk instrument and that's where it has had most of its…action and so like most folk instruments…people just pick them up and start playing them…and do the best they can.…It's unlike the violin where you have…a very long tradition…of education about how to play the violin…and how to hold the instrument and how to hold the bow…and these kind of things.…
If you go take lessons form your local music teacher…teaching the Suzuki Method they're probably going to put…you in what is an agreed upon posture…for holding the instrument up.…You put it under your chin and you hold the bow like this…but the mandolin doesn't have that rich, long heritage…at least yet, but we're going to change all that here today.…I see a lot of crazy odd positions that people end up in…when they get a mandolin,…they just grab it and start playing it.…
But what I've come to after many years of playing…and watching people who play very well…and sharing ideas…
Note: This course is one of a 4-part series created and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Sitting and standing with the mandolin
- Tuning a mandolin
- Positioning the right and left hands
- Strumming open chords
- Playing two-finger chords and melodies
- Playing beginner mandolin tunes
- Finding minor and moveable chords
- Playing 7th chords
- Playing chop chords
- Picking on the mandolin
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Right and Left Hand Fundamentals
3. Beginner Mandolin Tunes
4. Theory and Exercises
5. Chops and Picking
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