You should know how to tune your instrument before starting Mandolin 3, so please be tuned up and ready to go before class starts. Be respectful of whoever is talking. Don’t talk or noodle when someone else has the floor. Be cool.
You’ll need a mandolin, of course! You need a pick as well. Guitar picks work, but I recommend trying out some blunt ended heavier mandolin picks. I’ll show you what I use and can give some recommendations. Also, have a pencil to take notes, a folder or binder to keep your notes and handouts and a tuner. A mandolin strap is extremely helpful in dispersing the weight and setting the mandolin in place so that you don’t have to hold it up with your hand while making chords or playing notes at the same time! I also recommend a metronome and a recording device. If you have a smart phone you can get apps for the tuner, metronome AND recording device.
This schedule is subject to change. It’s a general outline, but I will assess the needs of the class and keep us going at a pace where everyone is comfortable.
Week 1: Exploring G
Go over Folk School orientation sheet
Pick a tune we all know in G (Turkey in the Straw, Corinna, Corinna, Lazy John...)
Review G Major scale and exercises from mando 2
Learn the G Pentatonic scale
Take a look at all of your double stop combinations for your I's and V's in G Major (G & D)
Song: My Home's Across the Blueridge Mountains
MEMORIZE THIS SONG
Click here for notation and tab to My Home's Across the Blueridge Mountains double stop variations
Click here for notation and tab for the G Pentatonic Scales and Double Stops
Click here for a diagram of first position G, C and D Double Stops
Click here for Simple Chord Shapes pg. 1
Click here for Simple Chord Shapes pg.2
Click here for two note combinations pg. 1
Click here for two note combinations pg. 2
Click here for more mandolin stuff
Week 2: Spiraling Further Down the G Hole...
Play and sing My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains all together
Review G scales and G & D double stops
Learn C double stops and how to connect G to C and G to D with G Major and Pentatonic licks
New Song: Two Dollar Bill
MEMORIZE THIS SONG