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First Lessons

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What is a mandolin? Here we'll take a brief look at the mandolin and learn about the nuts and bolts.

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Got to start somewhere! Getting comfortable with tuning the mandolin is an important first step. Here are some tips.

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Tablature is a commonly used alternative to sheet music, and is a useful way to read and play your first tunes and exercises.

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Here you'll find a brief intro to your first scales.

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Good right hand technique can sometimes be overlooked, here's a guide to positioning your right hand and  picking correctly.

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Now we've got the hang of picking, let's take a look at those scales again and add some more.

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Here you'll find your first chords, with some ideas on accompaniment and playing along with others.

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By changing the position of our left hand we can expand the scales up the neck and access more of the mandolin.

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Here are some more chords and right hand strumming ideas to add to your playing.

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In this lesson we blow the fretboard wide open and introduce position shifts, playing in closed position and playing in multiple keys.