Mandolin Basics

This course is aimed at the absolute beginner mandolin player. It begins with a series of six free lessons then progresses through to the twelve main subscription lessons. How to hold the instrument, proper hand / finger posture and good basic technique are all important fundaments that will be addressed in the early lessons. There will be a progressive study of scales, plectrum motions, and ornamentation throughout the series of lessons. The 'Mandolin Basics' course will equip the beginner player with the necessary rudiments to journey along the adventurous road of Irish music making. By the end of the course, the learner will have a repertoire of fourteen popular Irish tunes, the ability to play basic chords and triplets and a deeper understanding of the Irish music tradition.


Lessons

FREE

Introduction

Mandolin Basic Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Introduction to the Instrument / How to tune the strings

 

FREE

Hand and Finger Positioning /…

Mandolin Basic Lesson 2


Level 1 | Melody

Hand and Finger Positioning / Frere Jaques

 

FREE

The Scale of G Major

Mandolin Basic Lesson 3


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of G Major

 

FREE

Molly Malone

Mandolin Basic Lesson 4


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of G Major

Waltz

FREE

The Scale of D Major

Mandolin Basic Lesson 5


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of D Major

 

FREE

The Kerry Polka

Mandolin Basic Lesson 6


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Polka

The Foggy Dew

Mandolin Basic Lesson 7


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale Of E Minor

March

Britches Full of Stitches

Mandolin Basic Lesson 8


A Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of A Major

Polka

The Ballydesmond Polka

Mandolin Basic Lesson 9


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of A Minor

Polka

Plectrum Motion

Mandolin Basic Lesson 10


Level 1 | Melody

Plectrum Motion

Jig

The lilting Banshee

Mandolin Basic Lesson 11


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Plectrum Motion For Jigs

Jig

The Connacht Mans Rambles

Mandolin Basic Lesson 12


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Plectrum Motion For Jigs / Use of the High B Note

Jig

The Kerry Jig

Mandolin Basic Lesson 13


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercise in the key of D Major / Use of the Bass String

Jig

How to Play Chords on the Mandolin

Mandolin Basic Lesson 14


G Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Play Chords on the Mandolin / Strumming Patterns

 

Sporting Paddy (1)

Mandolin Basic Lesson 15


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Use of the High B

Reel

Sporting Paddy (2)

Mandolin Basic Lesson 16


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Transposition of the tune down to the lower strings. Ornamentation: triplets and…

Reel

O'Carolans Draught

Mandolin Basic Lesson 17


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Playing Slow Tunes on the Mandolin

Planxty

48 Dogs in the Meathouse

Mandolin Basic Lesson 18


C Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of C Major / Syncopation

Reel

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

  • Would you like to become a better musician or singer?
  • Are you on the path to mastering your instrument but need some top technique tips?
  • Are you interested in beginning a journey into Irish music and want to get off to a great start?
  • Do you have a busy life style and find it hard to fit in the time to drive to weekly music lessons or are there no Irish music teachers in your area?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you have come to the right place!