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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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My First Duet
In this and all succeeding- duets, indicated by the joining of two staves, the pupil is to play the
upper part only, the second part being played by the teacher or an advanced player. Particular at-
tention must be given to the counting and the phrasing, as well as to a smooth, soft tremolo.
Repeating the Same Note when Tremoloed
When the same note is repeated during a tremolo passage the left hand has a duty to perform,
as well as the right. The tremolo must be stopped for an instant, but at the same time, the grip
of the left hand finger on the string is loosened, so that, during the short interval in which the pick
is away from the string, the string itself is away from the fret. This is accomplished by letting-up
on the pressure of the finger so that the string barely leaves the fret against which it has been
pressed, but the finger itself does not leave the string. This stops the vibrations of the string, so
that there is an actual separation or articulation of the consecutive notes or tones. This is a most
essential item in artistic playing- and must be carefully watched. In the case of a repeated note on
an open string, the vibrations are stopped by touching the string yery lightly with the first finger,dur-
ing the interval when the pick is away from the string, being careful not to press the string- down so
that it touches one of the frets, since this would defeat the object. These rules must be applied whenev-
er there is an opportunity.
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