Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Webpages


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New! Tabs for Popular Fiddle Tunes:

"Blackberry Bossom"
"Living the Good Life"
"Whayasay"

Updated May 26, 2013

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites



Practice Exercises, Fiddle Tabs

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The Bernhart Mandolin Webpages offer basic instruction, explore the history of the mandolin, buying and building mandolins, basic chord structures, the different styles of playing, the various makes and models of mandolins  available on the market, and the "best of the web" on topics of interest to mandolinists.

In Minnesota, Bruce Bernhart has been a mandolin player/enthusiast since the 1980's

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Webpages

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Perpetual Motion Exercises- Courtesy Mandocafe.com

  D7      Ddim      C7      Cdim      Bb7     Bbdim     Ab7     Abdim 

--5-2---------1-4-|-3-0-----------2-|-1-------------0-|-----------------|
------5-3-2-5-----|-----3-1-0-3-6---|---5-1-----1-4---|-6-3---------2-5-|
------------------|-----------------|-------6-5-------|-----6-4-3-6-----|
------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|
                                      

<--the following six measures are the perpetual section-->

  Gb7     Gbdim     E7      Edim      D7        Ddim    C7      Cdim

------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
o-4-1---------0-3-|-2-------------1-|-0---------------|-----------------|
o-----4-2-1-4-----|---6-2-0---2-5---|---4-0-----0-3-6-|-5-2---------1-4-|
------------------|---------6-------|-------5-4-------|-----5-3-2-5-----|
  |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|
  2 1 3 2 1 3 0 2   1 4 1 0 4 1 3 1   0 2 0 3 2 0 2 4   3 1 3 2 1 3 1 3
                         
  Bb7     Bbdim     Ab7     Abdim

----------------0-|-----------------||
------1*----1-4---|-6-3---------2-5-o|
--3-0---6-5-------|-----6-4-3-6-----o|
------------------|-----------------||
  |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_| 
  3 0 1 4 3 1 3     4 2 4 3 2 4 1 3 <--recommended fingerings


* on this Bb we transition up an octave to complete the pattern.
  while there are a couple of spots where one could made a
  transition, this note followed an open string which made it a
  smooth change. 



  C#7     C#dim     B7      Bdim      A7      Adim      G7      Gdim 

--4-1---------0-3-|-2-------------1-|-0---------------|-----------------|
------4-2-1-4-----|---6-2-0---2-5---|---4-0-----0-3-6-|-5-2---------1-4-|
------------------|---------6-------|-------5-4-------|-----5-3-2-5-----|
------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|
                                      

<--the following six measures are the perpetual section-->

  F7      Fdim      D#7      D#dim    C#7     C#dim     B7      Bdim

------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
o-3-0-----------2-|-1-------------0-|-----------------|-----------------|
o-----3-1-0-3-6---|---5-1-----1-4---|-6-3---------2-5-|-4-1---------0-3-|
------------------|-------6-5-------|-----6-4-3-6-----|-----4-2-1-4-----|
  |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_|
  2 0 2 1 0 2 4 2   1 3 1 4 3 1 3 0   4 2 4 3 2 4 1 3   2 1 3 2 1 3 0 2
                         
  A7      Adim      G7      Gdim

------------------|-----------------||
------------0-3-6-|-5-2---------1-4-o|
--2-------4*------|-----5-3-2-5-----o|
----6-2-0---------|-----------------||
  |_|_|_| |_|_|_|   |_|_|_| |_|_|_| 
  1 4 1 4 2 0 2 4   3 1 3 2 1 3 1 3 <--recommended fingerings

* on this F# we transition up an octave to complete the pattern.

These exercises are also available in the ABC format. These were prepared by mandolinist Rodney Freeland.  Thanks, Rodney, for this excellent series!

A note about beat: Wiktionary defines it as “A pulse on the beat level, themetric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Beat is the basic time unit of a piece.” The first sentence is pretty confusing and unnecessary. This is the important part: “A beat is the basic time unit of a piece [of music].”  You know that feeling you get when you stomp your feet to music? Or when you start clapping to a song? Or when you are fist pumping down at the Jersey Shore? That is your natural inclination towards moving your body to the beat.
Chromatic Scales are made up entirely of half steps. When ascending, the scale uses sharps, when descending it uses flats:

Chromatic scale

Check out tabs for some popular fiddle tunes on the next three pages!


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Be sure to visit the other Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites:

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Bruce Bernhart mandolin lesson on scales, meter, using a metronome

Bruce Bernhart mandolin purchase tips

Bruce Bernhart mandolin orchestras, tuning

Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- chord groups and intervals

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin family history

Bruce Bernhart on string and saddle adjustment

Bruce Bernhart beginning mandolin lessons one and two

Bruce Bernhart on more chord triads, blues patterns, and self-tuning

Bruce Bernhart on the mandolin family tree

Bruce Bernhart mandolin chord diagrams


Bruce Bernhart on temperature considerations

Bruce Bernhart lessson on mandolin flats and sharps


Bruce Bernhart lesson on chromatic scales, circle of 5ths and meter


Bruce Bernhart on mandolin chord theory

Bruce Bernhart mandolin C and G major chord diagrams

Bruce Bernhart on emergence of the modern mandolin

Bruce Bernhart on two finger mandolin chords

Bruce Bernhart on whole and half steps on the mandolin

Bruce Bernhart perpetual motion practice excercises

Bruce Bernhart on playing waltzes on the mandolin


Bruce Bernhart on majors, minors and sevenths


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Solar power for your RV

The care and feeding of your RV battery

The sport of "geocaching" and RV refrigeration basics

The basics of RV power inversion

RV travel tips and tire care

Advanced discussion on power inversion

Tips on buying a house battery and cold weather maintenance

RV Insurance basics

Buying the right generator for your RV and portable power

RV television reception options

Care and maintenance of the RV air conditioner

Top RV destinations

RV long-term supplies and weight considerations

RV Insurance- Road protection and bodily injury coverage

RV battery types and winter charging considerations

Deep cycle battery basics

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