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HOW TO GET STARTED
These lessons are devised to get your off the ground with your mandolin playing. It is just a bare-bones, get-you-started sort of introduction. In them you will learn the basics. You will learn to read tablature. You will learn to play some tunes. And you will learn to form some chords.


WORDS OF CAUTION
If you work with these lessons for more than a few weeks on your own it is possible that you could be doing everything wrong. Lack of knowledge and experience might give you the impression that you are progressing just fine but you might be acquiring some habits which could strangle your ability to progress later.


Most beginning mandolin books, and most advanced ones for that matter, don't do a very good job of explaining some MAJOR concepts and practice methods that can help you progress to your maximum potential. You
might say "I just want to learn to pick a little for my own enjoyment" and you might later wish you had some things straightened out before they became bad habits.

These lessons will not explain everything. Please explore some of the other materials that I have available. "Mandolin Master Class" is all about concepts, how to practice, and music theory ideas that will help you learn to play. "Mandolin Training Camp" expands on those ideas with detailed discussions about the mental aspects of learning to play, the mechanics of finger and pick motion and presents a rigorous set of exercises to get your fingers under control. If you work from these basic lessons and do not have that other information you might pay for it later.


All that sounds pretty negative, and perhaps it sounds like a sales pitch, but I have been where you are. I picked up a mandolin (in the late 1970's) and taught myself. I did OK. But, over time I began to regret that I didn't understand certain IMPORTANT CONCEPTS early in my playing. I am suggesting all of this so that you can avoid the frustrations that I personally have experienced. In a nutshell, learning right from the beginning is much easier than re-learning later. Incidentally, those two books I mentioned as detailed as they are (something like 160 pages total with 2 CDs) still won't answer every question and solve every riddle. Learning to play a mandolin is an endless road of continuous learning.


NOW, LET'S HAVE SOME FUN WITH THIS THING...
Grab your mandolin. Go to Lesson 2 and we'll continue.

I also invite you to consider these beginner video lessons. Thousands of people have learned to play using these videos because they really work! In particular are my two most popular chord videos: Moveable Major & Minor Chords and Barre Chords & 7th Chords. If you need some help "in the picking department" Beginning Videos 1-4 might be just what you need! Click on the image below to read about them, watch free the demos and decide for yourself:

Bradley Laird Beginning Mandolin Video Series

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Brad Laird's Beginning Mandolin Instruction Course

Click here for information about my downloadable PDF eBook which expands on the free lessons here on the site.

Larger tablature, more tunes and chords, printable full page format PLUS AUDIO TRACKS of all of the songs and exercises.