Old-Time Country Mandolin

Mike Seeger
Starts off with the basics--how to hold the pick and the proper way to fret the notes--Mike then gets into rhythm patterns for accompaniments. You'll advance into melody playing, tremolo technique, sliding double-stops (fiddle tune style) and will soon by playing tunes, breakdowns and rags, including: Red River Valley, All The Good Times Are Past And Gone, Boil Them ... Read More

Radim Zenkl's Mandolin Primer

Radim Zenkl

A Learning Player's Guide to Essential Skills and Techniques

Mandolin virtuoso Radim Zenkl strongly believes that before you can play well you must have a complete understanding of your instrument and know the basic techniques needed to get the most music out of it. On this primer (for players at all levels), he breaks down the mandolin fundamentals that even accomplished musicians must know.  The lesson starts with ... Read More

You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin - Two-Video Set

Butch Baldassari

Lessons One and Two

The late Butch Baldassari will have you playing your mandolin in minutes with his easy, hands-on, beginner's lessons. He covers all you need to know to get the bell-like high notes and percussive back-beat that are the signature sound of this popular instrument. His easy-going teaching manner and clear, slowed-down examples and explanations, along with the practical play-along sessions ... Read More

You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin - Video 1

Butch Baldassari

Lesson One

This easy, hands-on beginner's lesson will teach you to play the mandolin in minutes. The late Butch Baldassari provides a solid introduction to the instrument, showing you essentials such as how to hold the mandolin, get tuned up, use the pick and play a basic scale and chords in the key of G. Before long you'll be picking ... Read More

You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin - Video 2

Butch Baldassari

Lesson Two

Move into the next phase of your mandolin studies and start getting into more challenging tunes and techniques. The late Butch Baldassari makes it easy with his relaxed manner and clear, slowed-down musical examples. You'll learn how to play chord positions up and down the neck, along with slides, hammer-ons, tremolo, double stops, open string harmonies and other soloing ... Read More
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