Mandolin Lessons - #5: Position movements

Uploaded by bandolinsmadeira on 04.06.2010

Hello everyone. We're here again to share some knowledge and thoughts about the mandolin.
Today I would like to start talking about the left hand.
In the previous lessons we have been talking about the right hand, mostly about my ideas on that hand...
I enjoyed seeing some comments about the videos, specially regarding the analogy of the right hand being a serpent.
And really it is. We use the right hand to get to string and the head of the serpent is in the thumb and forefinger.
You can check that in the first lessons.
The funny part is that we have a serpent in this hand but our left hand is like a spider.
Why a spider? Because when a spider moves it stretches its legs... also jumps...
and we'll see how it translates to the mandolin when changing positions, on how to move between them...
In my opinion, this way of thinking in a spider is interesting because, though it stretches, there is always a support point.
And that is very important. I'll now give you an exercise and show you how it works.
To show you that... we'll analyze an exercise by Munier. It is in C Major and it's the first exercise of this study.
In my opinion, it's important to think that a study should be studied only by what you need to practice.
For me, the real studies are done directly in music. Just my opinion...
I choose this study because it helps me to think about this kind of movement and also about jumps. And I'll use it only for that.
So we'll start with the first staff. The important is to try to keep changing positions.
You can choose starting in the first or second position. I chose to start in the second and use both positions.
So I'll do just the first staff. Check what happens...
Speeding up, it becomes the study. Because I'm practicing the jump. So, a bit faster.
In the first staff we've seen the position jump. Thinking about the spider... the spider jumps... that's the exercise.
Now in the second staff, we'll be in the second position and we'll need to reach a D, usually done in the third position.
But we are only going to stretch the 4th finger. Because the spider also stretches its legs. Let's see.
In the third staff we'll see the third way the spider moves. Stretching the second finger and moving the hand.
Stretch and move until I reach the position. When moving back we gradually replace the first finger with the second.
So, now I'll show a couple of staves of this exercise so that can see all of these movements that I'm practicing
and you check what happens to the hand. And remember, we have the small jump... the stretching to another position...
and the stretch and move to the next position. I'll show you...
I'll leave you for now. Try it.
Try to practice these 3 movements I showed you and if you have any doubt or question, any comments and suggestions are welcomed.