Jacob Reuven's Mandolin Warm Up Routine

Jacob Reuven's Mandolin Warm up Routine

Jacob play's a Kerman mandolin, Thomastik strings and a 73mm Dunlop Nylon Pick.

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Explanations of the routine

Part A: G Scale

Play a 2 octaves G scale in the 1st position using all possible open strings.

  • Single note motion (↓·↑·↓·↑)

  • Double notes motion (↓↑·↓↑·↓↑·↓↑)

  • Triplet notes motion (↓↑↓·↑↓↑·↓↑↓·↑↓↑) *with emphasis on the 3rd note

  • Sixteenth note motion (↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑)

  • Sixteenth note triplet motion (↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑)

    If you want more you can use a 3 octave scale

Part B: G Scale in thirds

Play up a 2 octaves G scale in the 1st position using all possible open strings, using the melodic interval pattern: third up and second down (GB·AC·BD·CE·DF#·EG·F#A·G)

  • Single note motion (↓·↑·↓·↑)
  • Double notes motion (↓↑·↓↑·↓↑·↓↑)

  • Triplet notes motion (↓↑↓·↑↓↑·↓↑↓·↑↓↑) *with emphasis on the 3rd note

  • Sixteenth note motion (↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑)

  • Sixteenth note triplet motion (↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑)

    If you want more you can use a 3 octave scale

Part C: G Major & Minor arpeggios

Play a 3 octaves G major arpeggio followed by a G minor arpeggio using this suggested pattern:

  • Single note motion (↓·↑·↓·↑)

  • Double notes motion (↓↑·↓↑·↓↑·↓↑)

  • Triplet notes motion (↓↑↓·↑↓↑·↓↑↓·↑↓↑) *with emphasis on the 3rd note

  • Sixteenth note motion (↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑)

  • Sixteenth note triplet motion (↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑·↓↑↓↑↓↑)

Part D: Octaves

Play the G scale in octaves using this pattern:

  • Go up 5 notes and back 3 notes on the 4th string (G,A,B,C,D·C,B,A)

  • Go up 5 notes switching to the 3rd strings on E (B,C,D closed·E,F#)

  • Go back 3 notes switching to the 4th strings on C (E,D open, C)

     

Repeat the same cycle starting on the 3rd string:

  • Go up 5 notes and back 3 notes on the 3rd string (D,E,F#,G,A ·G,F#,E)

  • Go up 5 notes switching to the 2rd strings on B (F#,G,A closed·B,C)

  • Go back 3 notes switching to the 3rd strings on G (B,A open, G)

  • Finish the scale diatonically until the high G:

 

Part E: Scale Modulation

All alternate picking (↓·↑·↓·↑)

 

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending on the 4th string: (G,A,B,C,D · C,B,A),3x

  • Play the ascending scale from G to G using the open D (G,A,B,C,D open,E,F#,G)

You are in the key of G major

 

Repeat the same cycle starting on the 3rd string. 

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending on the 3rd string: (D,E,F#,G,A · G,F#,E),3x

  • Play the ascending scale from D to D using the open A (D,E,F#,G,A open,B,C#,D)

    You are in the key of D major

 

Repeat the same cycle starting on the 2nd string.

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending on the 2nd string: (A,B,C#,D,E · D,C#,B),3x
  • Play the ascending pattern from A to A using the open A(A,B,C#,D,E open,F#,G#,A)

    You are in the key of A major

Finishing the ascending part

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending on the 1st string: (E,F#,G#,A,B · A,G#,F#) , Repeat 3x

  • Play 5 notes ascending, then decend the A major scale.

  • Ex:(E,F#,G#,A,B · A,G#,F#, E open · D,C#,B,A open · G#,F#,E,D open · C#,B, C#,A tremollo)

    *watch for the ending going back to C# and then resolving to A.

Playing the transposed parts:

Repeat the same exercise but starting on A with your first finger (second position)

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending: (A,B,C#,D,E, D,C#,B),3x

  • Play the ascending scale from A to A, switching to the 3rd string on E (A,B,C#,D · E,F#,G#,A)

You are in the key of A major

 

Repeat the same cycle starting on the 3rd string.

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending: (E,F#,G#,A,B,A,G#,F#),3x
  • Play the ascending scale from E to E (E,F#,G#,A,B,C#,D#,E)

    You are in the key of E major

 

Repeat the same cycle starting on the 2nd string

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending: (B,C#,D#,E,F#,E,D#,C#),3x
  • Play the ascending pattern from B to B, switching to 3rd position on G#

You are in the key of B major (with you 3rd finger on the 7th fret).

 

Going down:

  • Play 5 notes ascending 3 decending, starting with your 4th finger on F#, 2nd string 9th fret : (F# · G#,A#,B,C#,B,A#,G#),3x

  • Play 5 notes ascending then decending in the B major scale until the fourth string: (F# · G#,A#,B,C#,B,A#,G# · F#, E, D#,C# ·B,A#,G#,F# ·E,D#,C#,D#,B)

*watch for the ending going back to D# and then resolving to B.

You are in the key of B major

Repeat the exercise at every whole step (C#, D#,F and G)

You have mastered the first half of Part E !!

 

Part E: Scale Modulation (end)

Play the 2 octave ascending major scale

Emphasize the first note starting on a tremolo then followed by an upstroke on the following note. Continue the pattern in a down-up-down-up 16th note motion. Come back from the high note starting down.

This will result in a magnetic rhythmic attraction
Chromatically go down the fingerboard 1⁄2 step every sequence

This is it! Have a good morning exercise from Jacob Reuven

 

Jonathan Bélanger for Mando Montreal

Jonathan Bélanger

Founder of Mando Montreal, Jonathan Bélanger is an active multi-instrumentalist musician, teacher, arranger, composer and conductor since 1998. He studied guitar at the Cégep de St-Laurent and film music composition at Université du Québec à Montréal. He perfected his classical and jazz playing in masterclasses studying with renowned musicians worldwide.