See a demonstration of mandolin tremolo to help you learn how to play tremolo on the mandolin in this free video music lesson.
Okay, so to demonstrate this idea of tremolo, I've chosen a song, it's called "A Simple Twist of Fate." The first chord is a D-major chord. I play the D-major like this. The second chord is a D-major 7 chord. So I'm lowering this note, which is the root. And the third chord is a major 7, or a dominant chord, excuse me, that you could play with your ring finger if you can get the stretch. Okay, so, there's those three chords. Now, we're going to move to a G-major chord. Then, a G-minor chord and then to a D, to an A to a G and then to D, A and back to G. Okay? And the reason why I chose this is it that it's got really nice voice leading qualities which means, you know, one note moves from one to the next note in a close proximity. We'll go through this in a minute.