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Concetta A.

37 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Masters from Columbia University Teachers College
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Concetta A.

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Mandolin lessons for people who want to learn classical music, bluegrass, folk or jazz. This instrument is so versatile there are so many types of music one can play. Students learn how to read charts, improvise, comp with chords as well as take lead solos.

About Concetta

Concetta is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting comp

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Bryan P.
Concetta is a wonderful instructor - prior to my lesson I was feeling nervous - not sure what to expect, not feeling worthy, etc. - she quickly put me at ease and we had a very productive 1st lesson - well worth the investment of my time and money
Joseph
I haven’t ever enjoyed a music lesson as much as I do with Concetta.
Concetta is warm, charismatic, and truly loves what she does which inspires me to keep going.
It’s the hour that I look forward to the most each week!
Jim
My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!
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Justin M.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • B.A. Music from California Polytechnic State University
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Justin M.

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After 20 years of playing and a BA in Music, I know how to break down the mandolin and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning mandolin and will get you up and playing in no time. If you are tired of trying to figure out how to learn mandolin online or you feel stuck at your current level, then I can show you the most effective and efficient way to get your playing to the next level. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and tablature
* music theory tailored to suit your needs
* composition and improvisation
* performance practices and music history
* how to play solo pieces and jam with your friends

About Justin

Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and t

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sharon
Extremely kind, warm, smart teacher! Justin set me on my path to learn mandolin, recorded our lessons and emailed them to me, and took the time to explain everything step by step. I highly recommend Justin for both first-time and expert musicians! He is exceptionally talented.
Molly B.
great instructor: good balance of basic techniques and understanding the underlying music. good information on the science and approaches to learning.
Brian S.
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Edwin I.

119 Reviews
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Starting at $49
  • Speaks English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Awarded DownBeat Music Award 1998 from DownBeat
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Edwin I.

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All styles - strumming, single note playing
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
Music analysis

About Edwin

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons. I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 20 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

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David S.
Had an excellent initial discussion with my instructor, Edwin, today. It was big picture but at the same time Edwin’s comments & suggestions gave me confidence in his command of the art (engineering, arrangement, composition & structure, and playing techniques), all the things I’m going to need help with to take my musical projects to another level.
Mike
Edwin is chill, flexible, and conveys a ton of relevant practice tips every lesson.
Vic
I've had 4 lessons with Edwin so far and have already made a lot of good progress, by learning songs and theory and strumming patterns and fingerpicking. Edwin has a genuine interest in my improvement.
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Jake H.

5 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2012
  • Performance from Berklee College of Music
  • Awarded FreshGrass Duo Competition Winner from FreshGrass Music Festival
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Jake H.

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A two-time Acoustic Music Seminar participant and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, mandolinist Jake plays and writes music that is galvanized by roots music from around the globe. Music has taken him all over the country, yet he was introduced to acoustic music in his hometown, the greatest bluegrass city of all time: Akron, Ohio. Jake joined his uncle’s bluegrass band (The Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band) playing mandolin and spent the next two years refining his craft. In his years with Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band, Jake recorded two CDs and played countless gigs all over the northeastern United States. After being urged by his friends and family, Jake applied to the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2017 with a degree in Mandolin performance and American Roots Music, mentored by greats such as Joe Walsh, Maeve Gilchrist, David Wallace, and Matt Glaser. He now tours nationally with the band The Page Turners.

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About Jake

Hi fellow musicians! I am a professional touring musician, songwriter, and recording artist based in Los Angeles, CA. I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Mandolin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Every musician has their own voice

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Peter
Jake is a fantastic teacher. He is enthusiastic about the subject matter, and is excited to see you progress and grow as a player. He tailors the lessons to your goals and is pretty much game for whatever you want to focus on.

Since Mandolin is his focus as a musician, he has practical experience and knowledge on the instrument that helps us learn theory in a relatable fashion and has endless tips and tricks to help you grow.

Highly recommended!
Peter
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Mark
Great teacher...patient and thoughtful. I’m a beginner but already learned so much in a short period.
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Steve G.

52 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2002
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Steve G.

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I will teach you how to approach the mandolin as a rhythm instrument as well as a melodic instrument, and how to use chords and modes in your lead and rhythm playing in bluegrass as well as traditional styles.

About Steve

Music has been a part of my life for over 4 decades. I stepped onstage when I was 15, and have been active in the music business ever since. I was raised in the New York / New England area, and played in many bands in the 70's and 80's, most notably the band AVALON. I moved to Florida in the late 8

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Daniel K.
Steve actually researched a style of play that he was unfamiliar with to teach me. Obviously a master musician, he analyzed the basics of the style and started from my baseline, teaching me the technique from the ground up. A dedicated and friendly teacher, I'd recommend him to anyone.
Hannah B.
Wendy C.
we got right to it. lots for me to learn!
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Mel P.

33 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded EMMY award from The National Academy of Television Arts
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Mel P.

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.I can show you how to read notes, tabs and charts, play by ear and play like a pro.

About Mel

I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple. There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructo

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Tess I.
Mel is a great teacher. He is teaching me fundamentals and music theory along the way. He gives me just the right amount of things to practice each week.
Alisa Fisher
Really great guy so far, first lesson in and I'm havin' so much fun while also getting really good tips. Great personality, probably my favorite music teacher I've had in all of my long and arduous years of existence. Looking forward to lessons to come!
Donn
Great teacher. Enjoying these lessons.

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Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons is $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $100 per hour.
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"Excellent instructor, was prepared and presented me with great material that was exactly what I was looking for."
Corey
Took Mandolin lessons from Chris C.
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"Great instructor with great patience for zero experience student. Looking forward to next lesson. I'm hooked."
Joe
Took Mandolin lessons from Ben H.
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"Jeff rocks!

Jeff took me from a raw beginner to a performer. He's unique in that he tailors his teachings to YOUR needs and then does what it takes to help you reach your goal. Additionally, if you want a teacher who relates to your musical sensibilities, Jeff's the man. His immense and eclectic music collection indicates a very wide range of musical appreciation. Can't say enough, if need hand holding or a taskmaster you can't do better. If you're not local Jeff's worth the drive."
Kevin
Took Mandolin lessons from Jeff S.
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"Very informative and helpful. He knows his stuff and knows how to teach it."
David
Took Mandolin lessons from Andrew H.
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"Fantastic Instructor and outstanding mandolin player"
Dan
Took Mandolin lessons from Andrew H.
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"Our first lesson went very well. Rachel was very kind, patient, and complimentary. I look forward to my next lesson."
Mitchell
Took Mandolin lessons from Rachel C.
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"Steve is bringing me along at a good pace that challenges me to improve each week. He is very patient and helpful in showing me how to achieve the right results on the mandolin, and makes each lesson enjoyable. I can hear the improvement in my playing each week."
Barry
Took Mandolin lessons from Steve G.
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"Great lesson! Reviewed old material and covered new material.
Looking forward to next lesson."
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Chris was friendly, patient, and took time to talk about my learning style! Great first lesson."
Margaret
Took Mandolin lessons from Chris C.
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"Great first session. Jordan put me at ease, we clearly defined our goals and a lesson plan then got right to it. Looking forward to working with him."
David
Took Mandolin lessons from Jordan D.
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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 t

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o 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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