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Mandolin Courses
 
Whether you're just starting out or have been playing mandolin for years, Peghead Nation has courses to help you develop your eight-string prowess. From beginning to advanced mandolin lessons with some of the finest mandolinists in roots music, you can delve into bluegrass, old-time, Irish, and other styles, building your repertoire of tunes and filling out your toolbox of techniques as you go. See introduction videos of all of our mandolin courses below, and check out free sample lessons as well. Enjoy!
 
Available Mandolin Courses
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Beginner
• 27 Lessons
• 16 Tunes
 
Get started off right on the mandolin, with basic techniques, scales and chords, and simple and popular bluegrass and old-time tunes to play. Includes downloadable Play-Along audio practice tracks for rhythm and melody on all tunes, advice on embellishing melodies and playing tremolo, and more.
 
 
with Chad Manning
 
Beginner / Intermediate
• 43 Lessons
• 6 Tunes
 
Learn the basics of music theory as it relates to four-string instruments tuned in fifths. Chad’s practical approach will deepen your knowledge of chords, scales, and arpeggios, and help you integrate them into your playing.
 
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Intermediate
• 13 Lessons
• 12 Tunes
 
Learn to play solos to any bluegrass song in any key with Sharon's intermediate-level method for learning the fingerboard, based on arpeggios, chop-chord shapes, and double stops.
 
 
with Joe K. Walsh
 
Intermediate
• 40 Lessons
• 40 Tunes
 
Learn the essential instrumental  tunes you’ll encounter at bluegrass jam sessions everywhere. Designed for intermediate level mandolinists, with tunes, techniques, and solos from mandolin greats.
 
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 68 Lessons
• 53 Tunes
 
Learn to play solos on classic bluegrass songs and instrumentals using bluegrass mandolin techniques like tremolo, double stops, two-string melodies, and more.
 
 
with Marla Fibish
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 71 Lessons
• 63 Tunes
 
Learn traditional Irish mandolin, with an emphasis on playing the dance music of Ireland with an authentic Irish feel and rhythm.
 
 
with Mike Compton
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 66 Lessons
• 62 Tunes
 
Learn traditional bluegrass-style mandolin as exemplified by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, with original transcribed solos and tips on reproducing Monroe’s sound, rhythm, and feel.
 
 
with John Reischman
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 52 Lessons
• 49 Tunes
 
Learn great traditional and original tunes in a variety of styles—old-time, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, and more—from a modern mandolin master.
 
 
with Joe K. Walsh
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 80 Lessons
• 77 Tunes
 
Explore all the modern mandolin techniques, from tremolo, chords and double stops, and soloing and improvisation tips, with plenty of bluegrass, old-time and swing tunes to keep you moving forward.
 
 
with Aaron Weinstein
 
Advanced
• 25 Lessons
• 19 Tunes
 
Learn how to combine chords and melody to play jazz standards in the style pioneered by jazz mandolinist Jethro Burns and guitarists like Joe Pass and Bucky Pizzarelli.
 
 
 
Mandolin Performances
 
 
 
A three-mandolin, one-guitar version of the popular fiddle tune, played by the instructors at the first Peghead Nation Mandolin Camp.
 
 
 
Join Sharon’s live Zoom workshop, happening every other week, starting on Saturday, January 16 and ending on Saturday, April 24.
 
 
 
Peghead Nation mandolin instructor plays a beautiful tune he recently wrote for the “Top Shelf Sheffield” video series.
 
 
 
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A great A-style mandolin built with premium woods.
 
 
 
A-Style mandolin built in Austin, Texas.
 
 
 
A great value in an A-style mandolin from Saga Music, with solid woods and vintage-style appointments.
 
 
 
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