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    Hey Folks

    I've been searching high and low with no luck for some sort of diagram of scales on the mandolin the same way there are many for guitar. I'm looking for a photo/image of the fret board with dots where the notes of the scales are. I suppose I could look at a guitar one and flip it around, but I figured I'd ask here first to see if anyone has things like this lying around on their computer.

    Thanks.

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    This was one of the first hits when I searched for "mandolin scale diagram."

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    I found this link see if this helps.
    http://mandolins.ning.com/profiles/b...logPost%3A1282

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    NPeffer,

    Start here and then go to Ted Eschliman's FFcP pages.

    The first will give you a picure and a chart, and the second a mind concept and practice routines to get your brain and fingers (and ears) around that fretboard.

    Good Luck
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    FFcP

    Also Greg Horne's intermediate mando book has some extensive and very well laid out scale maps.

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    Highly recommended interactive software program: Mando ModeExplorer
    Very much worth the price of admission!
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    Of Course there is the DIY learning technique .

    A) Learn how to spell the scale in the chosen key,

    adding the sharp and flat as you veer away from C major .

    Flats by 4ths in this order >> B E A D G C F << sharps by 5ths in the reverse order

    then, .. B) find the place on the fingerboard that that note is located .

    made a little picture of the black keys and where they are not, in my mind ..

    since the e>f and b>c [keyboard] pattern of no black note between them

    is why the #/b is added when beginning scale from a different note,
    to keep the pattern (spelling) consistent .



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    NPeffer,

    I was just about to go off to a Scottish heritage festival when I replied to your post and forgot to be self promotional!

    I posted a couple of items that might help here .

    I hope they help.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Scales

    Quote Originally Posted by NPeffer View Post
    Hey Folks

    I've been searching high and low with no luck for some sort of diagram of scales on the mandolin the same way there are many for guitar. I'm looking for a photo/image of the fret board with dots where the notes of the scales are. I suppose I could look at a guitar one and flip it around, but I figured I'd ask here first to see if anyone has things like this lying around on their computer.

    Thanks.
    I'm not sure that "flipping around a guitar one" will be much help at all. Go for the sites and books offered by others here.
    Lynn Tillman

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    NPeffer,you have a PM - Just as a note,i have on my PC a PDF file which opens with Adobe Reader.It has all sorts of stuff on it -chords,double stops,moveable scale patterns. I've sent it to quite a few 'Cafe members (it was sent to me by one of our fellow members) & if anyone wishes to have it,send me a PM with your home e-mail address & i'll send it on. I wish there was a way of adding a PDF file to a 'Cafe post - is there ??,
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    Ivan,

    The stuff I referred to above are all PDFs.

    Click "Go advanced", scroll down and you'll see "Attach Files", click "Manage Attchments" and you'll get a window which icludes the types of file you can upload.

    Good Luck,
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    Right - Here goes nothing - Oooooooooooooooh it worked !! Many thanks John.Having uploaded many pics.on here,maybe i should have looked a bit further than my nose at what's up-loadable.
    To view - just left click to open up & then scoll down the pages. I hope that it's of some use
    Incidentally - the credit for this file,should go to Steve Humes,another 'Cafe member who sent it to me quite a while back,
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    Thanks Saska (and Charlie)! That is incredibly helpful.

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