Techniques of playing the mandolin
Tuning the mandolin
The mandolin is normally tuned to the notes corresponding to E, A, D, G & G (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th strings respectively).
Mandolin is a plucked instrument. The sound of the mandolin is basically produced because of the vibrating column formed between the bridge and the nut where string vibrations are created by plucking the strings with a plectrum or the fingers. Frequencies can be altered by pressing the strings on the fingerboard against appropriate frets. The act of pressing the strings on the fingerboard alters the length of the vibrating column and the placement of the frets is so calculated that the exact frequencies as required on the musical scale are obtained. The required musical notes are thus produced and played.
Given this technical background, let us see the basic techniques of playing the mandolin.
One typically uses the index, middle, ring and little fingers of the left hand to alter the musical notes and the right hand to hold the plectrum for plucking the strings. The side of the sound rests on the player's