Lesson One

Whistle While You Work is a great exercise for building intuitive note recognition and for developing strength and coordination of the left hand (particularly the pinky).

The glide studies (D-A Glides in this case) are critical for opening up the deep resonant tones of the lower strings and for keeping the voice of the upper strings sweet and secure.

Shortnin' Bread is an ancient and still popular fiddle tune. Use the skills developed in the glide exercises and Whistle While You Work to keep the sound of the mandolin rich and resonant.

Whistle While You Work (MIDI)

Whistle While You Work (PDF)

D-A Glides (MIDI)

D-A Glides (PDF)

Shortnin' Bread (MIDI)

Shortnin' Bread (PDF)