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    Default How Is This Played On The Mandolin?

    David McLaughlin is my favorite mandolin player. The song below is a perfect example of his style, and I would like to learn what he is doing on the notes between the melody. I assume it is arpeggios and pentatonics, but I have a more specific question.

    What are the main notes that he keeps coming back to in between the melody? Is it the 3 note and the rest pentatonics, or what? I'm working over 70 hours a week between 2 jobs and school and I haven't had the time to sit down and figure it out, so I thought I would ask here if someone happens to know it would help me quite a bit. Thanks!

    Lance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xequbytrS3s

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    Default Re: How Is This Played On The Mandolin?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xequbytrS3s


    I don't know why it is not embedding the video, I am using the link button, but it just shows a clickable link instead of embedding it.

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    Default Re: How Is This Played On The Mandolin?

    Here you go:




    Basically, he's playing scalar patterns revolving around the melody. The song is in G, so where the vocal is "..be in some dark hollow", be is an open D note (3rd string), his surrounding notes are ascending/descending around that note. If you sing the melody while playing the notes, it helps.

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    Default Re: How Is This Played On The Mandolin?

    [QUOTE=AlanN;1786559]Here you go:




    "..be in some dark hollow", be is an open D note (3rd string), his surrounding notes are ascending/descending around that note."

    So it is the 5 he comes back to most of the time. Thanks!

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    Default Re: How Is This Played On The Mandolin?

    Yes, at least for the first line:

    I'd rather be in some dark hollow...mostly around a D note.

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