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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.

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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!

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