Introduction to the Mandola

hi everybody welcome back to mando

lessons my name is Baron Cohen's Hill

and in this week's lesson I want to do a

quick little introduction to this

instrument might look like a mandolin

but it's a little bit bigger and it's

called a mandala if you're interested in

the octave mandolin I did a lesson

recently on that introducing that

instrument but the mandala

is a little different between the octave

mandolin and the regular mandolin it's

sort of in between pitches it's tuned C

D D a and it has comes with its own

unique set of strengths but also some

things you have to keep in mind so let's

jump into what they are and how to play

the instrument if you're interested in

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only live stream Q&A so the mandola is

tuned cg da if you play what you would

think of as a G chord on a mandolin you

don't get a G chord anymore you get a C

chord and if you play a C chord on a met

on a mandola and it's not gonna come out

like a C chord on a mandolin it's gonna

come out F so we have C F and then your

décor becomes a G and you go back to

your G chord which is a C so there's a

little bit of transposing that you need

to do if you're coming from a mandolin

or an octave mandolin or fiddle violin

things like that especially in

traditional music you're really only

going to be playing in a couple of

different keys so I sort of use a quick

little kind of guide that I have stored

up in my head but you can also write it

down if it's a new concept to you so if

someone's playing in the key of G you're

going to be needing to play and what you

would think of on a mandolin is the key

of D on a on a mandola so if you play a

D chord and a G chord and an E chord on

a mandola

as if

or a mandolin you get B C and D doing

that sort of transposition is helpful

but that said if you can get used to

just thinking of the mandola as its own

instrument that's gonna be a lot more

beneficial and you're not always gonna

need to be doing that transposition and

thinking okay G is D and C is G and all

of that sort of stuff and you can really

start to approach it as its own

instrument like the octave mandolin I

really like the mandala for the use of

its open strings it's a little deeper

sounding of an instrument doesn't quite

have the same punch as a mandolin and

it's not quite as deep as an octave

mandolin but it kind of rides in that

middle ground pretty nicely if you're a

student playing tunes on the mandala you

can think of it as having a D and a just

like a mandolin but it doesn't have that

East ring so any tunes that go up onto

the E string you're either gonna have to

shift up on the neck and start playing

higher on your highest string which is

an a string on the mandola or what

you're going to need to do is start

bringing tunes down an octave and

playing them lower on the instrument a

lot of Irish tunes and old-time tunes

and fiddle tunes in general actually

have a D as their lowest note that kind

of goes back to the Irish traditional

music of flute and pipes where the

lowest note that they can play is a D

and luckily on the mandola you have a D

on the second fret of your C string your

lowest string and you can sort of use

that as your lowest note so you could

take a tune like Angela and the Baker

and play it down an octave so if it's

usually in the key of D you're going to

be thinking out of a shapes and it's

gonna sound a little bit like this


and for the beep are you drear to go up

which is even higher still so that's the

tune that you might benefit from trying

down the octave you can actually play

that tune in both octaves on the

mandolin as well but on the mandola it's

gonna come out if you're used to

mandolin fingering it's gonna come out

more as different we're in the key of a

in terms of fingering I use the same

fingering as a mandolin so open 2nd fret

with your first finger fourth fret with

your middle finger fifth fret with your

ring finger and pinky on the seventh but

if that's too much of a stretch for you

you can switch over to a guitar

fingering which is first finger on the

second fret second finger on the third

fret ring finger on the fourth pinky on

the fifth fifth also mandalas come in a

variety of scale lengths so your scale

length may be shorter or longer than

this particular example I hope you found

that introduction to the mandola useful

and if you're looking for an

introduction to the octave mandolin

there's also a lesson of that on my

website and if you're looking for

regular mandolin lessons

there's hundreds of those over at Mendel

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