In Part 1 of the lesson on the left hand, Mike talks about the left hand and what you should be feeling when pressing on the strings. The mandolin is different than more common instruments because it has two pairs of strings for each note, so the sensation takes a while to get used to and fine tune.
- The left hand.…We're gonna talk about the left hand,…but we're not gonna forget about the right hand, folks.…Again, the right hand's the most important,…but you do play with two hands,…so here we go.…The left hand.…Again, it's all about relaxing.…You don't want any tension anywhere.…And the mandolin, you know,…it's actually pretty hard to hold down these strings,…because there's pairs of them.…There's a lot of tension,…twice as much as, say, on a violin,…or on a guitar, really.…
So be careful that you're, the action on your mandolin,…the heights of the strings off the fingerboard…is not too high.…I keep mine fairly low,…but if you're feeling a lot of pain…just pushing down the strings,…I would lower it,…especially for those of you…who haven't been playing for very long.…I mean, you want it to be fun.…You don't want to have a miserable experience.…And there's all kinds of things you can do…to set up the bridge heights,…or go with a lighter gauge string,…so that you can play the thing,…because unless you can press the strings down really,…
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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