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Practicing scales only in octaves is like saying you know a city when you really only know Main Street.
Any who would learn to play mandolin will find this an important key to success: a guide packed with hundreds of exercises in various keys and positions, drills for practicing scales, and guidelines to understanding chords, scales, and more.
He took to heart Conroy's admonition that a writer should write every day, "working the writing muscles like a pianist practicing scales.