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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