Styles: Pop, Top 40, Country, Bluegrass
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Suitability: Ages 10 years and up
Like the Ukulele the mandolin has made it’s way into the pop mainstream. Rod Stewarts’ “Maggie May” and R.E.Ms’ “losing my religion” are two well known examples.
Led Zeppelin featured quite a lot of mandolin on their first few albums.
Classical Mandolin orchestras were, and still are popular, and it’s well known as a folk instrument in Irish traditional and American bluegrass.
My approach to teaching this instrument is similar to social guitar playing; learn some basic chords and strums to start with, move on to more advanced chords and strums for band playing, and decide what inspires you most .
Some people like to explore the world of Irish music and play jigs and reels; reading music is a great aid to achieving this……..others like the bluegrass/newgrass path and learn to improvise their own solos.
These details were last updated on March 6, 2018