Painless Mandolin Melodies, W Erbsen

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Content: PAINLESS MANDOLIN MELODIES BY WAYNE ERBSEN
Order No. LGE-021
ISBN 1-883206-13-8
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Tuning ..........................................................4 Tuning Hints ..................................................4 Action ...........................................................5 Selecting a Pick ............................................. 5 Holding the Pick ............................................ 5 The Wrist ....................................................... 6 Your Left Hand ...............................................6 Sore Fingers ..................................................6 Which Fingers to Use ..................................... 6 How to Read the Tablature .............................. 7 Timing ..........................................................7 The Beat .......................................................8 Quarter Notes ................................................8 Half Notes .....................................................8 Eighth Notes .................................................9 Time Signature ............................................ 10 Scales ......................................................... 10 Fighting the Fear of Scales ........................... 10 D Scale ....................................................... 10 Shortening Bread .................................... 11 Frere Jacques......................................... 12 Go Tell Aunt Rhody.................................. 13 Oh Susanna ............................................ 14 Columbus Stockade ................................ 15 G Scale ....................................................... 16 Hush Little Baby ...................................... 16 Jimmy Crack Corn .................................. 17 Old Time Religion .................................... 18 Yankee Doodle ............................................ 19 She'll Be Comin' `Round the Mountain ....... 20 A Scale ....................................................... 21 Buffalo Gals ............................................ 21 I'm a Little Tea Pot ................................... 22 The Old Gray Mare .................................. 23 Cripple Creek .......................................... 24 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms .............. 25 Turkey in the Straw .................................. 26 Golden Slippers ...................................... 27 Old Joe Clark ......................................... 28 Wildwood Flower..................................... 29 When the Saints Go Marching In ............... 30 What Now? .................................................. 31 Tune Index .................................................. 32 2
Painless Mandolin??? Painless mandolin? You look skeptical. And why shouldn't you? Words are cheap and promises come easy. OK. I'll admit it. I went out on a limb calling this book Painless Mandolin Melodies. But I did it for your own good. I could have called it Almost Painless Mandolin Melodies, or even gone the other extreme with Excruciatingly Painful Mandolin Melodies, but we both know you wouldn't have spent your hard-earned money for a book with a title like that. As long as I'm coming clean, I will admit there may, in fact, be a little pain at first. Your fingers, unaccustomed to pushing down the strings, may experience a little "tenderness." (That's a polite word for "pain"). Mentally, there may also be a little tenderness (more pain) as you struggle to wade through the text, decipher the directions and endure the humor. But finally, the light at the end of the tunnel will peek through and, at last, you will play! That's why I called it Painless Mandolin Melodies. I would now like to inject a note of seriousness. Although this humble booklet doesn't look like much, just like a sledgehammer, it will do the job. There are twenty tunes in the manual and on the CD. They were chosen because they are tunes you already know and because they are super simple to begin with. Granted, you may not be jumping up and down with excitment over some of the tunes. However, they have three big things going for them: they're short, they're easy to play, and you know the melodies by heart. Our job is simply to transfer them from your heart to your fingers and then to the mandolin with as little commotion as possible. Trust me. 3
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How to Read the Tablature Tablature is the secret language mandolin players use to communicate among themselves. Once you get used to it, you'll be speaking it like a native. See for yourself. In this example, the four horizontal lines represent the four pairs of strings on your mandolin. The first or E is at the top and the fourth or G is at the bottom. In the next example, you'll see numbers on some of the lines. The numbers tell you which fret to push down with the fingers of your left hand. Be sure to read the lines from left to right, just like a book. The first note you see in the example below is a zero on the third string. That means you play the third string open, or unfretted. The next note is a 2 on the third string, which means you push your index finger down on the third string at the second fret. Next, the 4 on the third string tells you to fret the third string at the fourth fret. Finally, the zero tell you to play the third string open. By the way, these four notes are the beginning notes of "Frere Jacques," or "Are You Sleeping." TIMING Anything that has to do with timing, especially when it's written down, brings fear and trembling to most people. Like the fear of snakes, slugs, and spiders, the fear of timing is well-founded. Everybody knows that people are lurking around just waiting to hear you mess up. When you finally do make a goof, they'll jump out from where they're hiding and point and laugh at you. Now you see why it is so vital to get timing down pat. To make sure you don't foul this up, we'll go over it carefully together. 7
The Beat I want you to think of the steady "tick tock, tick tock" of a grandfather clock. Now, go into the closet where no one will hear you, and say out loud, "tick tock, tick tock," over and over. As you are saying the "ticks" and "tocks," practice tapping your foot at the same time. As you say each "tick" and "tock," your foot should hit the floor and come up. Make sure you are keeping a steady rhythm. Here it is in foot hieroglyphics. QUARTER NOTES Each tick and tock represents a quarter note, which is shown by a single stem in our tablature. A quarter note gets one beat or "down-up" with your foot, as explained in the following example: 2 HALF NOTES If a note has no stem, it is called a "half note," and gets two beats or two down-ups with your foot. You'll find the half notes over the word "John" in this example: 8
Eighth Notes If you made it through math class (as I almost didn't), you'll recall that two eighths equals one quarter. In our tablature, eighth notes always come in pairs and sound like "tick-a, tock-a." In foot language, that means your foot will hit the floor on the "tick" and come up on the "-a." Try saying "tick-a, tock-a" while taping your foot like this: Here's the next part of "Frere Jacques," which uses some eighth notes. Keep in mind that eighth notes will be tied together with a thick line. When playing eighth notes, it is essential to play the first eighth note with a down stroke of your pick and the second eighth note with an up stroke. Be sure to use your wrist, not your arm, in making those quick eighth notes. To remind you of the direction of your pick, you will occasionally see arrows above the lines. An arrow pointing down means a down stroke, and an arrow pointing up means an up stroke. "Frere Jacques" ends with quarter and half notes. 9
Wildwood Flower
Key of D
I'll twine `mid the ringlets of raven black hair The lilies so pale and the roses so fair The myrtle so bright with an emerald hue And the pale aronatus with eyes of bright blue I'll sing and I'll dance and my laugh shall be gay I'll cease this wild weeping, drive sorrow away Tho' my heart is now breaking he never shall know That his name made me tremble and my pale cheek to glow I'll think of him never, I'll be wildly gay I'll charm every heart and the crowd I will sway I'll live yet to see him regret the dark hour When he won then neglected the frail wildwood flower He told me he loved me and promised to love Through ill and misfortune, all others above Another has won him, Oh! misery to tell He left me in silence no words of farewell! He taught me to love him, he called me his flower That blossomed for him all the brighter each hour But I woke from my dreaming, my idol was clay My visions of love have all faded away
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When the Saints Go Marching In Keep in mind that "When the Saints Go Marching In" looks harder than it is. As you look closer, you'll see that there are numerous sets of eighth notes played together. To play these eighth notes effectively, remember to keep a limber right wrist. This will give you the flexibility to play these notes. Key of D 25 Oh when the sun refuse to shine... Oh when they crown Him Lord of all... Oh when the stars have disappeared... Oh when the day of judgement comes... 30
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What Now?
Whew! You've played through all twenty tunes. Now what? Does this mean you'll be stuck playing these same songs over and over again forever? Heavens no!
You're now ready to try my book Southern Mountain Mandolin. This 94 page book teaches beginning and intermediate arrangements of the 16 tunes on my recording entitled Southern Mountain Classics. It is written in both mandolin tablature and standard musical notation and includes such classic tunes as "Soldier's Joy," "Arkansas Traveler," "Mississippi Sawyer," "John Henry," "Leather Britches," and "Little Rosewood Casket." The benefit of this book/CD combo is that you can hear exactly what the tunes sound like with all the instruments playing together. The book also gives the chords, so you can easily play along with the recording even if you're not familiar with the tunes.
Besides learning from books, you need to develop a strategy to teach yourself. One of the ways to do this is to start making lists of all the little tunes you can think of. Most people have countless tunes right in their heads. I'm talking about everything from nursery rhymes, movies themes, commercial jingles, folk songs, hymns, Christmas songs, old folksongs, you name it.
Once you get a sizable list together, choose an easy sounding tune to practice on. Make sure you can whistle, hum or sing the tune before you try to play it on the mandolin. Your fingers can only play what your head already knows. When you get a tune in mind, you're ready to pick it out.
Choose one of the keys you're already famil-
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iar with (G, D, or A) and play the scale of that
key. Hum the scale as you are playing it. That will get your voice in the same key
as the mandolin. Then hum or sing the tune you've chosen to play. By using the
notes of your scale you should eventually be able to pick out the tune you are
humming. Don't panic if you can't do this right away. It is a skill that will develop
gradually. You may have to bang your head against the wall a few times until
you finally start to master this skill, but when you do, the sky's the limit.
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Book & CD Index
Book Page #
CD Track #
Buffalo Gals ................................................ 21 ............................. 16 Columbus Stockade .................................... 15 ................................ 8 Cripple Creek ............................................. 24 ............................. 19 Frere Jacques ............................................ 12 ................................ 5 Go Tell Aunt Rhody ..................................... 13 ................................ 6 Golden Slippers .......................................... 27 ............................. 22 Hush Little Baby .......................................... 16 ............................. 10 I'm a Little Tea Pot ....................................... 22 ............................. 17 Jimmy Crack Corn ...................................... 17 ............................. 11 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.................. 25 ............................. 20 Oh Susanna ............................................... 14 ................................ 7 Old Gray Mare, The ..................................... 23 ............................. 18 Old Time Religion ....................................... 18 ............................. 12 Old Joe Clark ............................................. 28 ............................. 23 She'll Be Comin' `Round the Mountain .......... 20 ............................. 14 Shortening Bread ........................................ 11 ................................ 4 Turkey in the Straw ..................................... 26 ............................. 21 When the Saints Go Marching In .................. 30 ............................. 25 Wildwood Flower ........................................ 29 ............................. 24 Yankee Doodle ........................................... 19 ............................. 13 Bonus Tracks: Darling Clementine ..................................................................... 23 Red River Valley .......................................................................... 27 Polly Wolly Doodle ..................................................................... 28 Home on the Range .................................................................... 29 Yellow Rose of Texas ................................................................... 30 The Worms Crawl In ................................................................... 31 My Old Kentucky Home .............................................................. 32
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