for intermediate to pro level mandolinists
Looking to log your 10,000 hours? You’ve come to the right place.
Welcome to Mando Scales!
This is not a “method”, a course, lessons, Mandolin-for-not-so-Dummies, none of that – there’s no How To here. This is simply a resource for respectable-level mandolinists (and violinists): a collection of play-along videos for practising scales, chords, arpeggios, and things like pentatonic patterns and arpeggio-based riffs (and one finger exercise, based on Dancla).
On The Videos page, you’ll find audio examples of the scales and patterns, a brief description of what each one’s about, previews of the videos, video length/file size stats, and links for buying and downloading the videos. It’s a simple website – all the action takes place on that page. (The purchasing process is simple as well – no logging in, no account etc. When you click on “Get It” a window pops up for your credit card info – when that’s done you’re redirected to a Success page with the download link, and you’ll be emailed a receipt which also has the download link – both links are valid for one week.)
The scales and patterns go through all keys (some also go through a few up-the-neck positions), and the cycle repeats five or six times, moving up the metronome (well, ya, that would be down on a mechanical one). The “What You’ll Play” audio example is at the second tempo, and it’s a safe bet that the final tempo will be twice what you’ll see in the previews on the right. (Of course, you’re certainly under no obligation to get to the end of the video – two or three times through the cycle is an admirable accomplishment!)
The previews column is entitled “Try the First Page” because, to get an idea of what this is actually going to sound like, you have to play along with it – the mandolin’s contribution isn’t heard in the video. The “click” (usually a collection of percussion noises) might seem loud at first, but the video’s volume that you’ll eventually practise with will most likely be quite low – you’ll be listening to your mandolin, and using the video simply to keep track of what position/key/tempo’s next, with the audio just enough to stay with it (and to hear the “cue notes” – in most of the exercises, there’s a note or two telling you which note you’re going to start the next pattern on, so you don’t always have to look at the video). The “mix” has been robustly field-tested. 🙂
Hope that this is just what you’ve been looking for, and if so, enjoy!