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The Scottish Mandolin

Introduction

Ex.1

Ex.2 & 3

Ex.4 & 5

Hammer-On

Pinch of Snuff

Spootiskerry

Jigs

Conclusion

 

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Pick Direction 5

 

Syncopation, Hammer-On, Slides, etc

It's not often you find syncopation in Scottish and Irish tunes, but it does come up occasionally (funnily enough, you find it more in Shetland music). It's quite common in American music. In the exercise below there are a few things to note: first, when you use a hammer-on, the second note is not being struck with the pick, but it's important that when you strike the next note with the pick that you use the right direction. In Ex.6 you have used a downstroke for the lead-in note, hammered on for the first note in the first bar, so you don't use the pick, and if when you come to the second note in the bar you use an upstroke, you're back on track.

When you come across syncopation, what's usually happening is that two notes are being sounded as one to give a off-beat emphasis. In the first line of tab below (Ex.6) you'll notice that there are a few instances where you have to play two upstrokes in a row; this can seem wrong at first. However, if you were to play each note separately, as in the second line of tab below, you'd see that the upstrokes are in exactly the right place, on the off-beat.


Exercise 6
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