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Getting Melodic with the Essential Mandolin Scales

By Don Julin, Scott Tichenor

Part of Mandolin For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

The mandolin is a beautiful melody instrument, and many melodies are derived from scales. So if you know how to play a few scales, you’re able to learn tunes faster by ear or by tab. No theory is needed; just memorise a few easy shapes! In each of the four essential mandolin scales in this figure (G, C, D, and A), the root note (the name of the scale) is highlighted.