Getting Started

In this free mandolin video lesson by Brad Laird you'll learn the basic information you need to get started playing the mandolin. Brad will discuss the parts of the mandolin such as the peghead, tuning machines, body, neck, fingerboard, strings, frets, tailpiece, and nut. This lesson also covers other basic elements such as proper playing position, how to hold the pick and how to attach a strap. After you watch this video check out our beginning mandolin section for more lessons.

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Here is a diagram of the mandolin neck.

mandolin neck

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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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