Introduction to Mandolin Overview

The Tutor"who's teaching the course"

Nigel Jones

"So I have been playing guitar since I was 12, which is now over 20 years. I’m a qualified guitar teacher with over 10 years experience, a member of the RGT. I have given lessons in schools and colleges across the UK, I have taught 1000s of guitar players in groups and one to one lessons; I’ve had many students get distinctions in grades. I’m now bringing my knowledge of guitar and experience of teaching to Rock Star Academy. I hope you enjoy my lessons…."

Synopsis"what it's all about"

Nigel has put together a great introduction to Mandolin. The course is designed to take you from absolute beginner to playing your first piece of music. He walks you through technique like posture, strumming, finding notes, major chords, minor chords and blending tones. The course will give you a well-rounded approach to playing Mandolin; have fun with it and we hope you enjoy the course.

Structure"what you will learn"

Section 1 - First Look

Lesson 1 - Put your hands on
Lesson 2 - It’s all in the strum
Lesson 3 - Open strings and finding notes
Lesson 4 - Time to play

Section 2 - Open chords

Lesson 5 - A look at Major Chords
Lesson 6 - A look at Minor Chords
Lesson 7 - Thinking Bigger
Lesson 8 - Fretted chords the next level

Section 3 - Putting it Together

Lesson 9 - Getting up and running
Lesson 10 - It’s starting to sound sad
Lesson 11 - Blending tones
Lesson 12 - Ripping it up!

Challenges"what you will play"

To run alongside this Mandolin course the lessons have challenges. The challenge will reflect the lesson you have done where appropriate. They start easy and get continually harder throughout the course. We hope you enjoy these, they’ll help improve your playing and don't forget to upload yourself playing to youtube or vimeo.