The mandolin has found a home in many styles of music: bluegrass, swing, jazz, old time, Irish, classical, folk and rock. Because of its small scale and violin-like tuning, the mandolin is perfect for learning fiddle tunes and melodies. Guitarists will find that mandolin rhythm skills complement their existing technique.
Take level 1 if you have taken Introduction to Mandolin or have some experience on another instrument. Mandolin 1 will introduce you to fundamental techniques like using a pick with your right hand, alternating down and up strokes, basic open chords and melodies, slides, and using a drone to harmonize. Learn melodies by ear and with tablature and how to play a rhythm part to support several songs from the Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook.