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November 4, 2010 | Mandolin Geometry Triology

In case you missed it, our team just finished up a three part series on a geometric approach to patterns on the mandolin fretboard in our Tips and Tricks series. We looked at the recurring patterns and shapes and pondered how intellect, touch, space, and sound play out their kinetic drama over the strings. In Part I, it's how 5ths, 4ths, and 3rds are recognized and repeated spatially. Part II goes into the arpeggiated 7th chord (with a terrific free PDF exercise), and Part III introduces a cerebral, but intuitively simple concept of "perceptual economy," a unique benefit of the 5ths tuned instruments.


Check out how the secrets of visual symmetry of the mandolin can make your playing more effective and comprehensive:
Tips and Tricks Fretboard Geometry
Tips and Tricks More fretboard geometry--Maj7 arpeggios
Tips and Tricks Fifths, Symmetry and You: Perceptual Economy

Notice at the bottom of our articles, we give "extra credit" references for related articles. You can spend a virtually infinite amount of time reading and correlating other topics on the site by clicking those links under the heading "Further."

Posted by Ted at November 4, 2010 8:17 AM

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