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Cindle V.

Cindle V.

4.9(23)
We will work on reading music and practical application. All while having fun.
$1$29
/30 mins
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Alex B.

Alex B.

4.8(40)
20 years playing experience, 12,000+ lessons taught! You choose the music, I'll get you there. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of technique and theory skills. I have taught many styles and will get you playing something you like right away!
$1$40
/30 mins
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Mel P.

Mel P.

4.9(46)
.I can show you how to read notes, tabs and charts, play by ear and play like a pro.
$1$29
/30 mins
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Eric L.

Eric L.

4.8(44)
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 ‘’Mandolin Primer’’ or "Complete Mandolin Method" by Horne.
$1$30
/30 mins
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James R.

James R.

4.8(136)
It's all about Music Theory and Technique. I've Been teaching for over 37 years, & I Teach all ages from 8 years old and up. My Goal is to help the student to have a clear understanding of how to view Music & the Instrument that which they chose to play, and in the process keeping them Inspired and having fun. You will learn the correct way, from the beginning, and rise above all expectations of what you thought you could achieve. I Guarantee you'll Learn more in one year studying with me then with anyone else around.
$1$30
/30 mins
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Edwin I.

Edwin I.

4.9(126)
All styles - strumming, single note playing Improvisation soloing Proper technique Repertoire Music analysis
$1$49
/30 mins
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Grant H.

Grant H.

4.9(191)
I like to make learning an instrument fun and easy to fit into your schedule! If you're an adult finally getting around to learning your dream instrument or a child following your passion of playing music I tailor your lessons specifically to you. We look at what you want to play, pick specific songs that you want to learn, and learn the techniques you need to play these songs. It sounds simple, but it's so effective and much more fun to learn this way!
$1$30
/30 mins
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Bryan M.

Bryan M.

5(16)
Looking for someone to help you reach that next level? Whatever your stringed instrument, I can guide you there. From the rank basics to traditional tunes, to timing and tone, technique and theory, I can show you what you need to make your journey easier. Rely on my 15 years of music teaching experience to save you countless hours of bewilderment and frustration! My journey as a musician which began at the age of 8 has now carried me to 48 states and a dozen countries, including 4 tours in continental Europe. I spent 7+ years performing, recording, and giving workshops with talented acoustic acts based in Nashville and the southeast. I am lucky to have been involved and contributed to a handful of IBMA and Grammy-nominated albums. Increasingly, however, I turn my focus toward private teaching. I find great joy and pride in helping a student reach their goals and surprise themselves with their own potential. Go ahead and get in touch, and let's try a session together! Background and expertise in Bluegrass, Americana, Country, Old Time, Swing and Jazz, etc... Also winner of 21 championships, including 2 national titles in Winfield, KS.
$1$35
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Chris is an amazing teacher. He has a way of channeling technique and music theory in our lessons which are always fun. His deep love of music and versatility with so many styles is inspiring. I am an

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Chris accommodated where I am as a musician and tailored our lessons to best help me do what I want to do - learn base lines and rhythm. He prepared for each lesson and presented me with new material

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Mandolin Lessons

The mandolin is a small stringed instrument that belongs to the lute family. Stemming from a 16th-century instrument called the mandola, the mandolin eventually evolved into the instrument we know and love today by the 18th century.

Ready to pluck and strum this instrument like a pro? Then it’s time to work one-on-one with our certified mandolin teachers who are the experts at playing this beautiful instrument. We offer mandolin lessons where you can learn in person. Additionally, we offer the best online mandolin lessons that invite you to study from your own home. Sign up with us today!

Certified Mandolin Teachers

Even if you consider yourself a strong musician, learning to play an instrument on your own isn’t always easy. That’s why we recommend working with one of our professional and qualified mandolin teachers who are certified and background checked. They have the knowledge it takes to bring your music skills to new heights.

Because it’s important that you find your ideal match, we invite you to select your preferred teacher. You can learn more about their availability, qualifications, and starting rates. Our pricing varies on the teacher, location, and type of lesson, but you’ll find lessons that range between $20 and $105 an hour, depending on your specific needs and goals.

Now that you’ve chosen a teacher who suits your preferences and budget, you can decide when you’d like to meet for your lessons. With that taken care of, simply select your lesson package to begin!

Mandolin Online Lessons for All Ages

Are your children showing interest in learning to play an instrument? If that’s the case, we recommend introducing them to the mandolin as it’s a relatively easy instrument to learn. Our teachers offer mandolin lessons for kids that take your children’s ages and skills into account to ensure they receive the best possible instruction.

We also provide lessons for adults and seniors. These classes are great for older students looking to learn the basics or challenge themselves to more complex mandolin music.

Our mandolin teachers are excited to instruct students of all ages! We invite you to sign up with us today!

Mandolin Lessons for All Levels

Learning the mandolin can be a lifelong journey, as there’s always a new technique to learn or a different song to try. Even if you’ve played for years, you might be surprised that there’s still so much to discover when it comes to this lovely stringed instrument.

At TakeLessons, our mandolin teachers have the expertise to instruct students of all levels. We offer mandolin lessons for beginners who are just learning the basic chords, as well as more advanced lessons for musicians focusing on speed, accuracy, and tone. Whatever level you’re starting at, allow our teachers to help you excel.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Mandolin Lessons

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 Lessons

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

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

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FAQ

Can you teach yourself the mandolin?

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Sure, you can pick up a mandolin and begin strumming, but if you want to learn the fundamentals well, it’s best to learn with a private mandolin teacher. Even though the mandolin isn’t considered a terribly difficult instrument to master, if you’re learning on your own, you may pick up bad habits like poor posture or incorrect finger placements. That’s why we recommend learning with a certified teacher who can ensure that you’re building a strong foundation and grow your music skills from there.

What is the best way to learn the mandolin?

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We might be biased, but we believe our private mandolin lessons offer the best way to learn this instrument! That’s because we only work with certified teachers who have the skills and qualifications to help students of all ages and skill levels. What’s more, we offer in-person and online mandolin lessons. It means that you can learn in whatever format best suits your preferences.

How long does it take to get good at the mandolin?

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If you listen to your teacher’s instructions and put in plenty of practice, many beginner musicians begin getting the hang of this instrument within 90 days or so. However, it could take much longer if you’re looking to advance your skills and master more challenging mandolin music. Every student’s mandolin journey is unique, so it’s best to focus more on practicing and less on how much time it’s taking you to improve.

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