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Mandolin for Beginners

A course for the absolute beginner to this wonderfully versatile instrument

The Mandolin for Beginners course is a short, snappy course aimed at those players who are brand new to the mandolin.

The course covers the basics of the instrument looking at the different parts to it before moving on notation and simple exercises and tunes to get you playing in no time at all.

Downloadable PDFs of the sheet music and chord charts are available where appropriate.

Intro

Intro

Innes White holding a mandolin

Your Tutor - Innes White

Innes is one of the most sought-after multi-instrumentalists in the UK, having recorded on over 30 albums and toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad playing guitar and mandolin, with occasional appearances on piano, bouzouki and vocals.

His nomination as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2016 further solidified his reputation as one of Scotland’s most in demand musicians.

Lessons in the Course

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Innes White
Mandolin

1. The Basics

Innes begins his course for beginners to the mandolin by looking at the very basics of the instrument.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

Mandolin and Pick
Mandolin

2. Notation and 1st Exercise

Innes moves on to looking at music notation and what it means for the mandolin, before going over a simple exercise.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

manuscript
Mandolin

3. First Tune and Troubleshooting

Innes begins teaching a simple melody – “Lament for Red Iain” and looks at common problems that beginners might encounter.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Mandolin

4. First Reel – Och S Duine Truagh Mi

Innes next turns his attention to a reel called “Och S Duine Truagh Mi”, a gaelic ‘puirt a beul’ or mouth music.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

Mandolin and pick
Mandolin

5. First Jig – Lisnagun

Innes looks at a simple jig called Lisnagun in D Major, written by Brendan Ring, a uilleann piper from Ireland .   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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