Old-time Mandolin for the Young at Heart

About Old-time Mandolin for the Young at Heart

Cover the basics of playing old-time music on the mandolin. Study scales (D, G, and A), chords, pick techniques, and tunes from the traditional Appalachian repertoire. Learn to play melody, explore accompaniment and back-up skills, and get ready for a virtual jam! We’ll also work on playing the same tune in different keys. By the end of the week, you’ll be ready for some old-time pickin’.

This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School & is limited to 8 students. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Class Materials Needed

A playable mandolin, a good pick and a desire to make some music and have fun doing it.

Age Range


Skill Level

Beginning to intermediate.



The class will meet for five days on the dates below. Each day starts with a 90-minute live demonstration session at 10 am ET | 7 am PT | 15:00 UTC and meets again for a 30-min check in at 6 pm ET | 3 pm PT | 23:00 UTC. The first session is on February 15.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

10:00 AM - 6:30 PM EST
Old-time Mandolin for the Young at Heart
Jim Miller

How It Works

Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date.

Book 1:1 online lessons with Jim Miller on their Lessonface profile.

Jim Miller

Jim Miller

I have been playing and teaching stringed instruments including mandolin for the past forty years. I taught individual lessons at East Tennessee State University in the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music department as well as group lessons in an after school program for many years. I have taught at week long music camps including Kentucky Music Week, Dulcimer U, John C Campbell Folk School, and The Swannanoa Gathering. In addition, I have done many workshops at music festivals and retreats.

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 95 years, the Folk School has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2013, Lessonface has connected more than 10,000 students with over 1800 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

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