Mandolin - 4/4 audio for plectrum and right hand exercises.


Here are some basic very basic 4/4 rhythms in A.  There are several different speeds for the same sound which is simply an alternating A and E string being played.  The backing track changes octave after every 8 bars so don't let that put you off.  Use the tracks as the backing to the exercises we practised during your lessons and it will help your playing enormously.   Remember how it happened during the lesson: playing along with me, in a sort of mandolin duet, made it possible to play steadily and musically.  Try the slow ones exercises first. 
This first one just demonstrates how you should use the exercises.  In this one I use the first exercise on the sheet.  They won't all sound perfect as you will sometimes be using the notes for G on top of A, or A minor. However, the point of the exercise is to get into the rhythm and steadiness of the use of the mandolin.

NB: stop doing exercises when even slightly bored!  And don't expect to be able to play the exercises along with the fastest track straight away - just play along with the ones you can manage.


Now, here are the backing sounds at different speeds, 40, 60, 80, 110 and 130 beats per minute (bpm).














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