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 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 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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