Beginner Mandolin Lessons

Mandolin video lessons by Brad Laird designed for beginning players. These easy lessons will teach you how to play the mandolin in easy-to-follow steps. Our free lessons are generally 5 to 8 minutes long and will teach you some of the basic techniques required to play the mandolin. Our premium lessons are around 15-20 minutes long and take a more in-depth look at mandolin concepts and techniques. The premium lessons include a PDF file with the tab and/or chords used in the lesson. Most lessons include several MP3 audio tracks for additional practice help. These lessons will get you well on your way to learning how to play songs on the mandolin. You can learn more songs by checking out our mandolin tabs section or one of our mandolin songbooks.

To assist beginners, Brad has prepared a checklist of all mandolin lessons on the site and has listed them in the order which he feels is best for making the most rapid progress in learning to play. To download the most recent version of "Suggested Order of Study & Checklist" in PDF format for free click here.


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The Mandolin Basics Package by Brad Laird is a series of downloadable beginner mandolin lessons. These lessons will teach you essential concepts like picking notes, playing chords, right and left hand technique, how to read tab, and many other playing tips. Brad will then provide detailed instruction on how to play melody lines and rhythm for some easy mandolin songs. Each lesson includes a Quicktime video and a .pdf booklet of the tab, standard notation, and chord charts. The included lessons are Beginning Mandolin 1, 2, 3, 4, Moveable Major & Minor Chords, and Barre Chords & 7th Chords. This package contains 111 minutes of video instruction. $29.95

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