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A simplified self learning system for the Mandolin with tuning instruction, song folio, chord diagrams, sheet music and PDF for printing. By ZARH MYRON BICKFORD

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The Tremolo (continued)
The following example indicates in a general way the continuous strokes of the tremolo, as it
would appear to the eye. The only rule which can be given for the speed of the strokes in the
tremolo is that they must be as rapid as they can conveniently be made without tightening the
muscles, and when this Example is played in this manner the desired effect will be obtained - a
sustained tone.
Whole Notes
As may be judged from the value of a quarter note, a whole note has the value of four beats
or four seconds. It is known as an open or white note, as distinguished from quarter notes and
those of shorter duration, which are called closed or black notes. The first practice on this Scale
Study should be done by making a slight break in the tremolo between the notes, thus allowing a
slight attack to be made with the first down stroke as each note is played. Afterwards it should
be played with a continuous tremolo from beginning to end. Each of these whole notes is to be
given four slow and regular beats, the right hand meanwhile keeping up its steady swing, with-
out regard to the number of strokes. Left hand fingers must be left firmly in their places until re-
quired on another string.
Scale of G
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