Thursday, September 26, 2013

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):
  1. whole notes (4 beats per note) down strokes only, top string
  2. whole notes (4 beats per note) up strokes only, bottom string
  3. whole notes (4 beats per note) down stroke, up stroke, down stroke, up stroke, top string, bottom string only (don't brush across strings
  4. quarter notes (4 strokes per note) down up down up, top and bottom string, don't brush
  5. 8th notes (8 strokes per note) down up single strings, no brushing
  6. 16th notes (16 strokes per note) down up etc
  7. triplets - 2 sets of triplets (6 notes) per note down up single string no brushing
set your metronome at the slowest notch the first day, and increase it by one notch each day with a different scale set It will take you 2 weeks to go around the circle of fifths (if you do a different set each day) You should be at 69 on the metronome by the end of the 2nd week
This sounds like a lot of work, but it isn't. Each set will take between 15 and 20 minutes a day. Some days I only do sets and nothing else. It's a great way to warm up and a great way to increase power in your left and right hands, increase control, increase speed and diction.

Pay To Play Policy - American Federation of Musicians - Local 171 (Springfield, MA)

Hello Adam,
Thanks for your email.
Playing engagements without any receiving any compensation is contrary to the principles of the AFM and the Locals. Absent a signed Agreement with any employer, venue, etc., we have no leverage, legal or otherwise, to require them to make certain guaranteed payments to musicians they may hire.
Without a signed Agreement with the Local musicians must negotiate with employers, club owners, etc., for the wages they receive for playing an engagement at various venues. Members should not play below scale on any engagement. The Local scales/rates have been established by the members and are used as a guide to the minimum compensation members should receive on engagements within this Local jurisdiction. The scales are considered as being reasonable and are used as a minimum only. Members can charge any wages higher than the Local scales/rates.
Attached is a copy of the AFM By Laws, Local 171 By Laws and Local Wage Scales. I don't expect you to read through all the pages, but you may want to look through them and use them as a reference.
Hope this helps.

Dick Melikian, President
Local 171
American Federation of Musicians
640 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
"Adam Sweet" <>

I am a union member and want to know the Union's policy on pay to play venues.  Is there any repercussions for venues that don't pay or offer to pay Union members standard Union rates?

Also, is there a list somewhere of standard rates?

Thank you for your time,

Adam R Sweet

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