December 1, 2021
Book Review – Mandolin Blues by Rich Delgrosso

I had been playing the mandolin for about 3 years and bought this book as I fancied having a go at some blues mandolin. It is written by Rich Delgrosso – an expert on mandolin blues. He has performed at clubs and festivals with the likes of blues and string -band legends James “Yank” Rachell […]

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March 31, 2021
Mandolin G Major Scale Lesson

New to playing the mandolin? Practising scales help develop your muscle memory for where the different notes are. Watch this video for a simple tutorial on playing the G Major scale on mandolin. See links below the video for a PDF of the musical notation, TAB and fingering. There are also two sound files you […]

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March 31, 2021
Mandolin D Major Scale Lesson

New to playing the mandolin? Practising scales help develop your muscle memory for where the different notes are. Watch this video for a simple tutorial on playing the D Major scale on mandolin. See links below the video for a PDF of the musical notation, TAB and fingering. There are also two sound files you […]

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March 25, 2021
Mandolin Picking Technique

Here are a few tips on picking technique for  the mandolin that I have learnt from my teacher and books. What type of plectrum? The mandolin is usually played with a plectrum (otherwise known as a pick). Plectrums come in different shapes, sizes and colours. The most common is the teardrop as shown below.  Plectrums […]

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March 25, 2021
How to hold a mandolin

I find it most comfortable to hold the mandolin at about 45 degrees with a strap as shown in the picture below. Try not to slouch over the mandolin or you’ll end up with a sore back! I use a NeoTech strap.

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March 25, 2021
How to tune a mandolin

The mandolin has eight strings arranged in four pairs of two (a pair of strings is known as a course). The stings are tuned G D A E (G being the lowest tone). This can be remembered by the rhyme Good Dogs Always Eat. You tune the mandolin by turning the tuning pegs in the […]

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March 24, 2021
How to choose a Mandolin

When choosing a mandolin you have to try different ones and see what one suits you and your budget! Things to look for are a straight neck, comfortable action (the strings are not to far from the fretboard and easy to press down) and working tuning pegs. The A and F style mandolins are based […]

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March 23, 2021
History of the Mandolin

The mandolin is a descendent of ancient plucked instruments found in the Middle East, Europe and Asia such as the Quiterne. The Quiterne had three or more single strings, or four double strings. The modern mandolin descended from the 17th century Italian mandola and mandolino which can be found in the music of Vivaldi, Mozart […]

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March 11, 2021
Links

Some useful links for mandolin players including Group Lessons, Tunes and Makers and Retailers.

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March 10, 2021
Online Music Sessions

During the COVID-19 pandemic some sessions are being run online usually via Zoom. Here is a list of sessions I know of.

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