Join Mike Marshall for an in-depth discussion in this video The left hand, part 2, part of Mandolin Lessons: 1 Fundamentals.
- Here are a couple other tips…to think about with the left hand.…Make sure that you're really using the tip…of the finger to press the string down,…and not using the flat part of the finger,…not the fleshy part, rather the actual tip…where you have your callus.…(strums mandolin strings) And then…make sure that you're not pushing…too hard into the string.…A lot of students I've had are really using…a lot of pressure on that right hand,…and then that creates fatigue.…
There's a certain place (strums the mandolin)…where the string won't sound,…and then there's a place where it buzzes,…and then just beyond that is the place…where you get a nice, clear tone.…If you push harder, like I'm really pushing in now,…you're not gonna get anymore sound,…you know, it's not gonna do anything…except make you tired, so…try to find where that magic spot is,…where the string doesn't buzz, (strings buzzing)…you know, you don't want the buzzing sound.…You want the clear tone,…but then feel how that feels physically…in your hand, and be sure to not go beyond that.…
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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