Mandolin Neck Diagrams for Major Scales

By Don Julin

Part of Mandolin Exercises For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The following diagrams include all 12 major scales in first position, using open strings whenever possible. The circle that includes a letter indicates the root note or tonic of the scale. Notice that these scaled do not start or stop on the root note but include all the possible notes in the scale in first position. If the scale sounds strange at first, try playing only from one root note to the octave or next root note. Once you have that down, play around with the entire scale.