Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Music Theory For Mandolin

  1. #1
    Registered User Jake Howard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Akron, OH
    Posts
    153

    Default Music Theory For Mandolin

    What's up! Hope you like pasta and music theory.

    Just pushed out my first video of a series called 'Music Theory for Mandolin'. I'm going to be starting from the music theory I learned from my first class at Berklee and applying it to the mandolin so we can have a better understanding. There is also a free accompanying worksheet for those wanting to dive into the stuff we talk about in the video a little deeper. We will be taking a look at the basics of notation first. Hope you enjoy!

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Music Theory For Mandolinists Lesson 1 Notation.pdf  
    Mandolinist for Henhouse Prowlers and Westbound Situation

    https://www.youtube.com/c/JakeHoward

  2. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to Jake Howard For This Useful Post:

    + Show/Hide list of the thanked


  3. #2

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    dang, you're really creating some great content! thanks!

  4. #3

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    Why is this "for mandolin"? Music theory is not instrument specific.

  5. The following members say thank you to David L for this post:

    Nevin 

  6. #4
    Registered User Sue Rieter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2020
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,476

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    The section about the "imaginary bar lines" was quite interesting. Not anything I'd ever thought about before.

  7. #5
    Innocent Bystander JeffD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    24,245
    Blog Entries
    55

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    Why is this "for mandolin"? Music theory is not instrument specific.
    I think it is shrewd marketing. There are likely many who do not know or understand the universality of music theory. "What do I need to know as a mandolinner?" Someone might go round and round in circles looking for the word mandolin in the course title.
    Life is short, play hard. Life is really really short, play really really hard.

    The entire staff
    funny....

  8. #6
    Registered User Jake Howard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Akron, OH
    Posts
    153

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    Why is this "for mandolin"? Music theory is not instrument specific.
    You're right, music theory isn't instrument specific. I want to create a resource that helps target mandolin specifically though. For example, in the worksheet we take a look at what the four open strings of the mandolin look like on a treble clef. Those notes are universal to any musician reading treble clef but it might be helpful for someone starting mandolin from the basics of music theory to see where the mandolin relates on the staff. A lot of the early lessons I have planned for this will go over pitches, reading rhythm, time signatures, things that aren't mandolin specific. But say, if you were a mandolinist just starting out learning about pitches on a treble clef, wouldn't it be helpful to have someone say 'here is an A note on the treble clef and then here is that note on the fretboard!' I think it helps to make connections and exposes people to thinking about these things. I'm sorry if it comes across as music theory is just for mandolin. I just want to help incorporate it so people interested in it can get a running start on the mandolin!
    Mandolinist for Henhouse Prowlers and Westbound Situation

    https://www.youtube.com/c/JakeHoward

  9. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to Jake Howard For This Useful Post:


  10. #7

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    Very well done. And entertaining!

  11. #8
    Registered User mbruno's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Seattle WA
    Posts
    696

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    I think this is a great introduction to standard notation for musicians in general - and totally understand why you'd have it as Theory for Mandolin on a mandolin focused site haha. While theory is universal, its application can be instrument specific IMO depending on the topic and exercises to teach that topic.

    Great job and thanks for sharing
    Information on lessons, gigs, and misc musical stuff: www.mattcbruno.com
    Weekly free Mandolin Lessons: www.mattcbruno.com/weekly-posts/
    My gear and recommendations: www.mattcbruno.com/gear-recommendations/
    Cooking fun: www.mattcbruno.com/quarantine-cookbook/


    Mando's in use
    Primary: Newson 2018
    Secondary: Gibson F9 2014
    Primary Electric: Jonathan Mann OSEMdc 5

  12. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Columbia River Gorge
    Posts
    151

    Default Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    Perfect time to drop this, Jake. Just yesterday in Tim Connellís Zoom session the imaginary barlines were a topic. This explains it very clearly, thank you. Iíll share this thread with them.

    One suggestion, you should add your name and contact info in there. After all, credit where credit is due when itís shared.
    Finished my rookie year and still determined to learn!
    Ratliff F-style Country Boy
    Eastman MDO-305 Octave Mandolin
    Kentucky KM-272

    I donít know what I want to be when I grow up.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •