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October 25, 2013 | Mandolin Tuning with Mike Marshall

It's a longish video, but Mike Marshall's recent ArtistWorks YouTube entry is pure gold for one of the mandolinist's most difficult pursuits--playing in tune.

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In eleven thorough minutes, he covers important tips to check intonation and cross-check and explains some of the common hazards that create player frustration.

Tuning up to the note, rather than down: Tunes the tension of the string toward the gear. (Keeps it from slipping later while you're playing.)
Using a rest stroke to isolate pair units
Electronic tuner vs. ear
Checking octaves
Allowing for nuance of fret adjustment
Matching 12th fret with harmonics
Double checking with the 5th fret

Video Link: Mandolin Tuning with Mike Marshall

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Posted by Ted at October 25, 2013 7:29 AM

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