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finger to place on the string. The numbers below the notes
show which fret to put your finger against. The fingers are not
placed on top of the fret but against its upper side. The sign
O in Fig. 24 means an open string—the note is the tone of the
string itself untouched at any point by a finger.
Sharps and Flats
The frets (raised cross pieces) on the neck and finger-
board of the mandolin are spaced one half-tone apart. Since a
sharp is one half-tone higher than the note that is sharped, all
you have to do to play a sharp on the mandolin is to move your
finger up to the next fret beyond the note.
Notice in Fig. 24, for example, the position of the note F on
the first string. You make F by putting the first finger of the