"Ripple" Your Way Beyond the 12th Fret

Mar 17, 2021

Besides being a great feel-good tune, the Grateful Dead's "Ripple" also features a recognizable tremolo double-stop mandolin part at the top of the chorus, performed by David Grisman. 

When I sat down to figure out the notes, I was surprised to see how high up the neck David went to get this sound - all the way to the 17th fret on the A-string!

Before trying to deal with all of those ledger lines and unfamiliar frets, it's a good idea to try out the material an octave lower.

Once you try it out an octave lower, you may realize that you know some of those notes and double-stop shapes after all.

Now you're ready to take it up past the 12th fret!





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