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Practicing Scales On The Mandolin

I recommend the following patterns picked with Scale Sets (a scale set starts with C at the top of the circle of fifths and goes clockwise, a different set every day including the Major scale - 2 octaves with 4th finger, the Relative Minor - 2 octaves with 4th finger, the Major arpeggio - 1,3,5,8 2 octaves with 4th finger, the Relative Minor arpeggio - 1,3,5,8 2 octaves with 4th finger):
whole notes (4 beats per note) down strokes only, top string whole notes (4 beats per note) up strokes only, bottom string whole notes (4 beats per note) down stroke, up stroke, down stroke, up stroke, top string, bottom string only (don't brush across strings quarter notes (4 strokes per note) down up down up, top and bottom string, don't brush 8th notes (8 strokes per note) down up single strings, no brushing 16th notes (16 strokes per note) down up etc triplets - 2 sets of triplets (6 notes) per note down up single string no brushing set your metronome at the slowest notch the first…