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Review how to tune the mandolin- EADG. Use tuner and know the 7th fret method.
Know the major scale on the mandolin- see Illustration #1 (Lesson 2).
An "interval" is the distance between notes. Review what a "third" interval is. As an example, look at where the C note is on your diagram, and move up four frets to the E. A "third" is actually four frets up.
Note the interval pattern of whole notes and half notes on Illustration #2 (Lesson 2). The major scale always climbs two frets at a time except between the 3rd and 4th notes of the scale and between the 7th and 8th notes of the scale. Between those two pairs, you climb only a half step (one fret).
Review your first position major scales for D and A. These two scales include the most number of open strings.
Know where the "root" note is, both at the start of the scale and at the end of the scale. The root notes are in red. The circled notes are "bluesy" notes.
That's because they are flatted. The 3rd, the 5th and 7th notes are all flatted notes or "blue" notes.
Practice the A and D scales up and down until you can play them smooth. Make each note clear. No dead notes!
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