Mandolin Basics Overview

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Mandolin Basics Lessons

Level

Introduction

Mandolin Basic Lesson 1

  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Introduction to the Instrument / How to tune the strings

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Hand and Finger Positioning / Frere Jaques

Mandolin Basic Lesson 2

  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Hand and Finger Positioning / Frere Jaques


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The Scale of G Major

Mandolin Basic Lesson 3

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Scale of G Major


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Molly Malone

Mandolin Basic Lesson 4

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Exercises on the Scale of G Major

Waltz

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The Scale of D Major

Mandolin Basic Lesson 5

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Scale of D Major


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The Kerry Polka

Mandolin Basic Lesson 6

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Polka

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The Foggy Dew

Mandolin Basic Lesson 7

  • E Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Scale Of E Minor

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Britches Full of Stitches

Mandolin Basic Lesson 8

  • A Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Scale of A Major

Polka

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The Ballydesmond Polka

Mandolin Basic Lesson 9

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Scale of A Minor

Polka

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Plectrum Motion

Mandolin Basic Lesson 10

  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Plectrum Motion

Jig

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The Lilting Banshee

Mandolin Basic Lesson 11

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Plectrum Motion For Jigs

Jig

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The Connacht Mans Rambles

Mandolin Basic Lesson 12

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Plectrum Motion For Jigs / Use of the High B Note

Jig

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The Kerry Jig

Mandolin Basic Lesson 13

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Exercise in the key of D Major / Use of the Bass String

Jig

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How To Play Chords On The Mandolin

Mandolin Basic Lesson 14

  • Accompaniment
  • G Major
  • Level 1
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How to Play Chords on the Mandolin / Strumming Patterns

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Sporting Paddy (1)

Mandolin Basic Lesson 15

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Use of the High B

Reel

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Sporting Paddy (2)

Mandolin Basic Lesson 16

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Transposition of the tune down to the lower strings. Ornamentation: triplets and rolls

Reel

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O’Carolan’s Draught

Mandolin Basic Lesson 17

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Playing Slow Tunes on the Mandolin

Planxty

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48 Dogs in the Meathouse

Mandolin Basic Lesson 18

  • C Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Scale of C Major / Syncopation

Reel

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