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Robert M.

18 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1989
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Robert M.

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Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance. With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time

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Matthew
I get a lot out of every lesson and a lot to take away and work on in practice as well. Great experience and I've noticeably improved after just a few lessons.
Ayman
Very insightful and made me feel comfortable right away
Olivia
My 9 year old daughter really liked Robert. She started from scratch and learned new skills, many notes and a couple of songs in 2 1/2 hours of lessons. She told me he was really nice and I was impressed with her progress. He was very easy to work with and was always prompt to the lessons.
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Eric L.

18 Reviews
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  • Awarded Award from Gigmasters
  • Bachelor of Music from Hartt School of Music / University of Hartford
  • Teaching since 1977
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Eric L.

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I've been teaching for 30 years. My students have gone on to play professionally, have their songs on iTunes and teach at the college level. I typically use "Complete Mandolin Method" by Horne.

About Eric

Hi, Welcome to my TL's profile! If you're looking at this site, you're already on your way to becoming an AWESOME musician! Whether this is your first attempt at music lessons or you've been playing for a while and trying to improve your skills, I'm EXCITED about working with you. I am a p

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Casey K.
I have wanted to play Banjo for years. Ive taken a few lessons here and there and something seemed to always get in the way. I never got very far at all other than wasting time. I started my lessons with Take Lessons 3 weeks ago. Being a novus I was kinda weary about how long it was going to take me to learn just a basic song and was nervous about being too slow and yada yada yada. I was nervous. When my 1st lesson started with Eric I felt very comfortable. There was no rush and he explained how to correct every mistake I made. (a bunch) and now by my 3rd lesson I can actually play a SONG!! Its slow mind you but its a song! Eric gives me tips on how to practice correctly and gives me assignments for the week which I love. I can practice on my own terms through the week and then come into my lesson, show what I have learned, get great lessons on how to improve and then pick up new material for the coming week. I love it!! Its lessons in my own home, no gas, no crowds and Eric is awesome. I plan on getting more and more lessons fo sho!! Thanks Eric!!
Gary
Outstanding first session. Eric is patient and clear with explanations. He is able to help me feel motivated and confident with working towards my goals.
Ziliang Che
Eric is very nice an patient, i am making solid progress under his instruction.
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Rachel C.

39 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, German
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Awarded Music Teacher of the Year from Toledo City Paper
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Rachel C.

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I have taught music for 10 years and believe students should get to play what they want to play! Students are asked to come up with a list of songs and/or artists they would love to play. Through teaching chords, note reading and theory, the song possibilities are endless! I also can help the aspiring singer/mandolin player to be able to both play and sing simultaneously.

About Rachel

Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 10 years and truly love working with eager students of all age

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Rebecca
My daughter was excited about the bass again after her lesson with Rachel. She is ready to step up her game and Rachel guided her patiently with thoughtful (not judgmental) encouragement. Looking forward to the next lesson ๐Ÿ˜Š
Kristina S.
She very detail and patience wit my first year, 11 year old kid. She knows when to push and when to ease up. My kid is gaining confidence in her playing.
Jeff W.
Enjoyed first lesson. Looking forward to more!
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Daniel P.

7 Reviews
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  • Speaks Rock and Roll, English, Classical (Baroque/Classical/Romantic), Celtic (Irish/Scottish), Blues, Bluegrass (The High Lonesome Sound)
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2006
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Daniel P.

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Whether you want to play Bach, bluegrass, or learn jazz method I'll get you started on the right track with the right practice habits.

About Daniel

Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, gypsy swing, traditional irish music, old time fiddle, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and bass. Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degre

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Holly
Our first lesson together was so much fun! Daniel is easy to talk to, very knowledgeable, and seems ready to challenge me to grow musically. I’m looking forward to the lessons ahead!
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Dave S.
I've been playing guitar on and off (mostly off) for the past 15 years. I came to Daniel to learn music theory, improve my rhythm, and learn the skills I need to confidently show up to a jam session with other musicians. In just a few lessons, I've significantly improved in each of those areas at Daniel's instruction. He REALLY knows his stuff and quickly hones in on your strengths/weaknesses and has great advice for how to improve on your weaknesses.

If you are looking for a guy that can teach you the basics of how to play an instrument, or someone that can take you from just learning songs online to being able to create your own songs and jam with other musicians, Daniel is your guy.
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Joe S.

26 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 1996
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Joe S.

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I have been playing mandolin for about five years now. What started as a Led Zeppelin obsession has since moved towards a Chris Thile obsession...including studies following his learning methods.

About Joe

I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient

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Christine M.
I was nervous about online lessons - but Joe was so patient and knowledgeable. My child has a learning disability but Joe never made this an issue giving my child amazing confidence. Great teacher so far highly recommended.
Stephen C.
This was my first lesson with Joe. He was very knowledgable, thorough and patient. I am looking forward to my next lesson with him.
Maria P.
Joe is awesome, patient and kind. Makes feel no pressure. Learned a lot in my first lesson.
Highly recommend! -Maria๐Ÿ™‚
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Rodrigo R.

14 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Professional Technician from Escuela de Música Martell
  • Teaching since 1986
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Rodrigo R.

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melodic and rhythmic mandolin.

About Rodrigo

With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumen

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Tui
My son is a BEGINNER beginner. Rodrigo is a very nice guy and seems to know his stuff very well. I would give him 5 stars but I don't think he realized that my son needed the basic, basic 1st lesson (i.e. how to hold the instrument). We've only attended one session so this is fully based on that one lesson. I'm sure he'll adjust his teaching from here on out.
Rosa Rodriguez
Mr. Rodrigo is a professional, respectful and super patient instructor. I could not made a better choice. I am looking forward to my next class @
Axel
Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.

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Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons is $57. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $20 and $106 per hour.
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"My mandolin lesson was a great experience. I found Dee to be extremely helpful with my lesson and it was obvious that she has great teaching skills and was able to convey ideas clearly. She has experience with multiple musical instruments and has real world band experience to support her teaching. I look forward to continuing my lessons."
David
Took Mandolin lessons from Dee F.
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"Great first lesson. Glad I finally signed up."
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Took Mandolin lessons from Jordan D.
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"Very productive! Happy with the experience and looking forward to upcoming lessons"
Nicole
Took Mandolin lessons from John B.
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"This was my first lesson with Grant and the lesson was very personal,informative and educational.
Looking forward to the next lesson with him."
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Ray is patient and encouraging. He challenges students to get better every week."
Michelle
Took Mandolin lessons from Ray M.
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"Linda is great. I left with a big smile on my face!"
Nan
Took Mandolin lessons from Linda L.
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"As the lessons continue,it has been a amazing journey,"
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Outstanding, quite talented instructor with very broad experience"
Yasser
Took Mandolin lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Great first lesson!! Looking forward to my next one."
Diane
Took Mandolin lessons from Lynn K.
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"Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play."
Danya
Took Mandolin lessons from Ben E.
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Private Mandolin Lessons Near You

An alluring member of the lute family, the mandolin simultaneously pleases the eye and ear. It's typically played by fingering notes and chords, while plucking with a plectrum or pick. The mandolin most commonly features eight metal strings in four, doubled courses. This means it has four sets of two strings, and each set's tuned to play the same notes. Mandolins aren't held hard-and-fast to four-string courses, they can also feature five or six courses of strings. 

A variety of musical genres — both traditional and contemporary — feature mandolin. These include classical European music, bluegrass, and folk music of the United States, Brazil, Ireland, and Britain. Mandolin music can instantly transport you to another world. Listen to "Tarantella Napoletana" by Antonio Calsolaro to take a quick trip to Italy or kick back with the contemporary bluegrass stylings of Sam Bush and imagine yourself cutting through a wide-open meadow on a country road. Whatever type of music you hope to play, you'll learn the skills and techniques you need once you sign up for private mandolin lessons.  

Why Learn to Play Mandolin?

If you're brand-new to music or to stringed instruments, mandolin is a great choice. It's one of the less-challenging string instruments to learn. It's fretted, which makes it simpler to find correct finger placement for playing chords, scales, and arpeggios. In its most-common form, it's considered a four-stringed instrument, which means you'll find learning to read tablature much easier than if learning to play an instrument like a six or eight-stringed guitar. The mandolin also features a light and compact frame, making it easy to hold, chord, and simple to travel with in order to practice anywhere. 

In addition to its accessibility, mandolin strengthens a player's hands considerably. Steel strings are tougher than synthetic strings to play because they're more difficult to press against the fret board. As a result, you'll build up calluses on your fingers and develop the strength, dexterity, and coordination of your hands. 

The Best Way to Learn Mandolin and What You'll Study in Mandolin Classes

Sure, you can find plenty of free mandolin classes online. By far the best way to learn to play mandolin, however, is with a private teacher. In private mandolin lessons, you'll advance and overcome challenges quickly, as you receive immediate feedback and your instructor's undivided attention. 

Plus, your private mandolin teacher will personal every lesson to keep your motivated and interested. As a result, no two lessons are alike. Also, Mandolin lessons for children differ greatly in terms of content and teaching style from mandolin classes for adults. In private lessons, you'll learn mandolin at a pace that's comfortable for you, while practicing the music you love. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Mandolin Lessons

Beginner mandolin lessons are intended for students with little to no experience playing mandolin. In beginner lessons, you'll learn the skills and techniques that'll set you up for future success playing the mandolin. Starting with basics and moving into playing simple songs, your beginner mandolin tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Proper posture
  • How to hold your mandolin
  • Instrument anatomy and care
  • Basic chords and fingering
  • Introduction to music theory, musical notation, and tablature

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Mandolin Classes

In intermediate lessons, you'll have the opportunity to take your basic skills to the next level. You'll learn new, more challenging techniques and begin focusing on the skills and sounds specific to the genre of music which interests you most. Your mandolin teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, and tremolo
  • Scales, chords, arpeggios, and fingering exercises
  • Understanding intervals
  • Moveable chords
  • Perfecting tone, while improving speed and accuracy

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Mandolin Lessons

Advanced lessons are intended for students nearing virtuoso level playing. You'll work to overcome personal challenges, while focusing on the genre of music you love, whether bluegrass or classical. Topics studied in advanced lessons depend heavily on the student's individual interests and goals, but your instructor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Focus on a single genre of music
  • Improvisation and soloing
  • Develop personal style
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Mandolin Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn to rock or serenade with the mandolin, then you'll need a teacher. Thankfully, finding a mandolin tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct to you a long list of highly qualified and experience teachers who offer private mandolin classes online and in person. Before selecting a teacher, we recommend reading through several profiles and browsing reviews left by other mandolin students. 

The price of mandolin lessons varies, but most teachers charge a rate based on the length of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll have no problem finding a mandolin tutor who fits both your budget and your schedule. Private lessons are a smart investment. When learning a private mandolin teacher, you'll pick up new skills and techniques fast! 

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So you want to learn how to play the mandolin. For beginners to playing an instrument, the mandolin is a great option for starting your musical journey. Many people ask, "Is the mandolin easy to play?" or "Is it hard to play the mandolin?" Fortunately, the mandolin is not a difficult instrument to learn. It’s lightweight and compact so you can practice anywhere. It also has less strings than many other instruments, like the guitar, which makes reading tablature much easier. The mand …

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