Mandolin Tutorial

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  • Intro 2:07


    Douglas gives us a wonderful introductory performance and shares a bit about the lessons coming up in this series.

  • The Basics Pt. 1 6:27

    The Basics Pt. 1

    In this video, Douglas shows us each of the parts of the Mandolin and explains how to properly hold and pick the it. Douglas then explores some fretting positions.

  • The Basics Pt. 2 9:53

    The Basics Pt. 2

    Douglas starts this video off by showing us the difference between strumming and picking before sharing some great tips on picking & Strumming each string course. He then moves through several exercises to get you comfortable with playing the Mandolin.

  • How To Read Music 3:40

    How To Read Music

    Douglas discussing Notes and Pitch before explaining how to read notes on the Staff. He then moves on and discusses Beats and Measures.

  • The First String Course: E 6:07

    The First String Course: E

    In this video, Douglas shows us how to practice our first notes on the E String. He then goes through some simple play-along melodies using the notes on the screen.

  • The Second String Course: A 11:13

    The Second String Course: A

    Douglas moves the focus to the Second String (A). He'll show us some exercises including A,B,C,D, and more. This video is full of essential quick tips and has several exercises that will take us down the Staff and get you comfortable with faster reading.

  • The Third String Course: D 9:33

    The Third String Course: D

    Douglas does a quick tuning before showing us several notes. He helps identify different notes and open strings, before going into octaves and practicing with a few different exercises. Douglas then explores Accidentals (sharps and flats).

  • The Fourth String Course: G Pt. 1 6:36

    The Fourth String Course: G Pt. 1

    In this video, Douglas focuses on the Fourth and Final string course (G). He does a quick tune by comparing the different courses, then jumps into some follow-along exercises. Douglas shows us the Metronome and how to use it, and then practices some melodies we will follow along with.

  • The Fourth String Course: G Pt. 2 12:19

    The Fourth String Course: G Pt. 2

    Douglas continues to help us understand a bit about rhythm before jumping into some new practice exercises. He then discusses Sharps and Flats, and how to practice them with some new fun Melodies

  • Chords 12:46


    Douglas shows us some Major chords before explaining the different Major Chords playing through some chords, while following and reading the music.

  • The Major Scale 6:41

    The Major Scale

    In this video, Douglas explains what a scale is and how they work. The Major scale is the most common scale, so Douglas demonstrates some exercises that will help you remember and play scales smoothly. Douglas also explains Key Signatures and takes them into practice with some follow-along songs.

  • Minor Scales and Movable Chords 14:29

    Minor Scales and Movable Chords

    In this video, Douglas explains Minor Chords and Movable Chords. He'll go through some fun exercises with all the Chords we've learned, and then show us some songs that will help tighten our skills in playing and reading.

  • Outro 1:50


    Douglas gives us some final advice on your musical journey, then plays us once last song during the credits.

Product Overview

The Hal Leonard Play Today® Mandolin series is an awesome way to quickly learn how to play Mandolin, covering the basics and important instrument information the new player needs to know. There's no reason not to play!

The ULTIMATE self-teaching Mandolin method is here, designed to offer quality instruction, terrific songs, and on-screen Mandolin notation so you can play all the music examples. Simply follow along with the music on the screen, as you watch and listen to the teacher.

In this series, Mandolin pro Douglas Baldwin will teach you the Basics, Songs, Chords, and Melodies, as well as Alternate Picking and Strumming styles. Gain valuable Playing Tips and Techniques while learning at your own pace.

The lessons are shown in Standard Notation and Tablature, so open the door to the world of Mandolin music today!

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