The Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites


Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites

New! Tabs for Popular Fiddle Tunes:

"Bill Cheathem"
"Mason's Apron"

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites

In Minnesota, Bruce Bernhart has been a mandolin player/enthusiast since the 1980's

Updated  May, 2012

Bernhart's Beginning Mandolin Lessons
Lesson Plan #4

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The Bernhart Mandolin Webpages offers original articles, lessons, tabs and information on the history of the mandolin, buying and building mandolins, basic chord structures, the different styles of playing and the various makes and models of mandolins available on the market, presented by mandolin player/teacher Bruce Bernhart

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Third Intervals

Review how to tune the mandolin- EADG.  Use tuner and know the 7th fret method.
Know the major scale on the mandolin-  see Illustration #1 (Lesson 2).
An "interval" is the distance between notes.  Review what a "third" interval is.  As an example, look at where the C note is on your diagram, and move up four frets to the E.  A "third" is actually four frets up.
Note the interval pattern of whole notes and half notes on Illustration #2 (Lesson 2).  The major scale always climbs two frets at a time except between the 3rd and 4th notes of the scale and between the 7th and 8th notes of the scale.  Between those two pairs, you climb only a half step (one fret). 
Review your first position major scales for D and A. These two scales include the most number of open strings. 
Know where the "root" note is, both at the start of the scale and at the end of the scale. The root notes are in red.  The circled notes are "bluesy" notes.
That's because they are flatted.  The 3rd, the 5th and 7th notes are all flatted notes or "blue" notes. 
Practice the A and D scales up and down until you can play them smooth. Make each note clear.  No dead notes!

Intro to Reading Standard Notation:

The Treble and bass clefs

      The treble clef

      The bass clef

Here are some basic guitar chords for those of you learning how to play the six string:

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Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- common scales

Bruce Bernhart on buying and setting up your new mandolin

Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- tuning

Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- chord patterns

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin history and basic chord structures

Bruce Bernhart on string and saddle adjustment

Bruce Bernhart more tuning tips and whole/half steps

Bruce Bernhart on more chord patterns

Bruce Bernhart on the mandolin family

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin bluegrass chords and patterns

Bruce Bernhart on temperature considerations

Bruce Bernhart lessson on mandolin flats and sharps

Bruce Bernhart lesson on scales, circle of 5ths and meter

Bruce Bernhart on triads, gears

Bruce Bernhart mandolin chord diagrams

Bruce Bernhart on modern emergence of the mandolin

Bruce Bernhart on simple chords

Bruce Bernhart on whole and half-note steps on the mandolin

Bruce Bernhart mandolin practice excercises

Bruce Bernhart on playing waltzes

Bruce Bernhart on majors, minors and sevenths

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Solar power for your RV

The care and feeding of your RV battery

The sport of "geocaching" and RV refrigeration basics

The basics of RV power inversion

RV travel tips and tire care

Advanced discussion on power inversion

Tips on buying a house battery and cold weather maintenance

RV Insurance basics

Buying the right generator for your RV and portable power

RV television reception options

Care and maintenance of the RV air conditioner

Top RV destinations

RV long-term supplies and weight considerations

RV Insurance- Road protection and bodily injury coverage

RV battery types and winter charging considerations

Deep cycle battery basics

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