Mandolin Tutorial

Play Mandolin Today!

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    Intro (2:07)


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    The Basics Pt. 1 (6:27)


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    The Basics Pt. 2 (9:53)


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    How To Read Music (3:40)


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    The First String Course: E (6:07)


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    The Second String Course: A (11:13)


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    The Third String Course: D (9:33)


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    The Fourth String Course: G Pt. 1 (6:36)


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    The Fourth String Course: G Pt. 2 (12:19)


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    Chords (12:46)


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    The Major Scale (6:41)


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    Minor Scales and Movable Chords (14:29)


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    Outro (1:50)


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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Douglas Baldwin has been playing things with strings for over 40 years, and explaining the process for almost as long.

A lifelong resident of Long Island, New York, Douglas performs regularly as a guitarist and vocalist with the Rhythm Kings and teaches at Coyote Music, the instruction studio he founded in 1993. Douglas is also the author of the book/CD Play Guitar by Ear, published by Hal Leonard Corporation.

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    Play Mandolin Today!

    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!

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