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Agrambelli (Η Αγράμπρελη)- A beautiful Song from Mandolin Orchestra & Choir of Fotis Aleporos

December 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Although I am Greek, I have spent thousands of hours (yes, really) during the last two years writing about the mandolin without focusing on Greece. I did that on purpose to point the multi-cultural history […]

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Toru Izumi

December 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Toru is a virtuozo in Japan. Japan is very “mandolin active”, focusing in the traditional Italian mandolin music with contests and concerts and Toru is an active musician in his country, but also a multi-instrumentalist, […]

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Adi Cohen – Underwater Photography Jacob Reuven – Mandolin

December 12th, 2014|0 Comments

“I want to bring the concert hall underwater, to shoot the playing artist in a weightless environment.”
Adi Cohen, Photographer.

Unique or what?

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Barbella duet for 2 mandolins Jacob Reuven & Mari Carmen Simon

December 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Beautiful and very sensitive. A duet with excellent timing and cooperation. I wish I could hear them live!

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A most helpful , clear and sensible lesson and explanation. The lesson avoids the usual loose words and imprecise directions.

Very encouraging.

Thank you

Wow you are doing a lot of work but this is great. I have always loved the sound of the mandolin, I play at the guitar and I have two daughters 9 and 13. One is musically gifted with an amazing voice. I wanted to teach them guitar but mandolins might fit their hands and fingers better. So I picked up a used a style mandolin. I will be following your lessons, thanks again for your work.
Mark Smith
I live in Brazil and I’m so glad to find this wedsite to learn more about mandolin. Thank you so much Chris !!!
Luis Biavati
Very very helpful course for those who realy like to learn Mandolin.
Thank you for uploading guidelines.
Muhammad Naeem
I have started the lesson and would really like to continue with the lesson. will you be posting the next session soon. Please do I really could use the lesson!
Easy Chords

Playing chords on the mandolin doesn’t have to be difficult or complex.

Although there are many variants of chords that when used by mandolin masters and especially jazz musicians can give great depth and rich sound to the tiny instrument we love (the mandolin), there are also easy chords to be played on the mandolin.
Easy Chords

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Why a trained ear is a must-have requirement for any musician?

Ear training is the process of connecting music theory (notes, intervals, chords, scales, melodies, etc.) with the sounds we hear.

Studying ear training is building a bridge between the language of music and the sounds that […]

My first concert with Athens Plectrum Strings Orchestra. I loved it!

Few days ago, on Saturday 26th of April, I performed for the first time with the Plectrum Strings Orchestra of Athens and it was amazing! The concert took place at the German Evangelist Church in Athens […]

Easy Mandolin Tuning with just a Guitar

There are many ways to tune your mandolin. When selecting a way, you must take into account various conditions. For example, when you are trying to tune in a noisy environment, tuning by ear may […]

Hamilton de Hollanda performs Capricho do Sul

Capricho de Sul is included in the latest CD release from Hamilton de Holanda Trio.

Hamilton de Holanda(10-string mandolin) transgressor of the mandolin adding 2 extra strings. André Vasconcellos (double bass) a reference point in the Brazilian bass and Thiago […]

Mandolin for Beginners: Lesson 1

Big day today! Starting mandolin lessons to my 10-year old child Panos and the 13-year old Alexandra and I am excited. I want to show them how much fun playing the mandolin can be and […]

How to play B augmented mandolin chords

There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the B augmented (Baug) mandolin chord. In this article you can find the most common mandolin chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience. […]

Mandolin Events Calendar just released

Big day today! I am very excited that I have just released a new ‘Mandolin Events’ feature here at theMandolinTuner. If you are interested, please take a look and let me know what you think […]

Learning Pacoca for mandolin – Searching for the music sheet

This article is about a song I heard via Pandora radio, called Pacoca, by Celso Machado.

The original piece was written for flute and guitar and it is a song with such character and personality, that made me wonder […]

Learning Double from Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002, J.S.Bach

During the last two weeks, as I mentioned in my latest post full of energy after an exciting summer, I have been studying an excellent piece of music, Double (no.6) from Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV […]

Full of energy after an exciting summer!

This is a very busy and exciting period! Just back from summer vacation, and I am full of energy and new ideas.

The first project I started, is an article series for Pacoca by Celso Machado. […]

Chris Thile performs Bach, Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002: VII – Tempo di Borea

The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. They consist of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas, in dance-form […]

Avi Avital – Introduction to Bach Album

This is Avi Avital debut album for Deutsche Grammophon, devoted to one of his great passions: the music of J.S. Bach. The programme includes Avi’s own mandolin transcriptions of three concertos and a trio sonata […]

Danilo Brito and Mike Marshal – Desvairada

“Desvairada” is a three part valse-choro played in 6/8 and has the form: ABBACCA, the piece containing several examples of appegios in double timing, very intricate to master.

Here it is played by two members of […]

Cherub WMT-555C tuner and metronome review

As I mentioned before in my SNARK SN-8 tuner review, I tend to tune by ear, at least when I am practicing at home, as it is a mental exercise as well. You need to […]

SNARK SN-8 Super-tight tuner review

Being a mandolin and guitar player for almost 37 years, I got used to mainly use my ear to tune my mandolins and guitars. Nevertheless, there are some occasions where a digital tuner can be […]

All you need to know about mandolin picks

The pick can have as big an effect on sound and playability of your mandolin as a bow does for a violin – on the other hand if you do not know how to play violin […]

Left Hand Techniques for Beginners

Although mandolin is an excellent instrument for beginners, it is natural a student to feel  strange at the beginning even trying to hold this new instrument right and to be full of questions.

Taking even a […]

Libertango, by Astor Piazzola and how to play it

Libertango is a composition by tango composer Ástor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. The title is a portmanteau merging “Libertad” (Spanish for liberty) and “Tango”, symbolizing Piazzolla’s break from Classical Tango to […]

How to Play Five Easy Mandolin Chords

Strumming chords is a nice way to begin playing songs on the mandolin. But, as you may already know, there are a lot of chords and for each chord there are many ways to play […]