So You Want to Play the Mandolin

Free for 30 days!

If you are looking for an introduction to the melodious plucked instrument that has delighted audiences for centuries -- the mandolin -- you are in the right place. Designed and taught by Alan Epstein, this self-paced video course is broken into seven short videos, together about 30 minutes long.  Good whether you are beginning musician or an accomplished practictioner of another instrument, new to the mandolin. With Alan's popular course you will learn the basics of holding, tuning and playing your first notes and chords on the mandolin. By the end of the half-hour you will be playing your first song.

The goal of this short course is to get students started on their mandolin journey, and the only prerequisite is that you have a mandolin, an electronic tuner and a desire to play mandolin. 

  • Topics Covered:
    • Identifying the parts of the mandolin
    • Tuning 
    • Right and left hand positioning
    • Right and left hand exercises
    • A few scales
    • A few chords
    • Playing chords to accompany yourself on the mandolin
    • Your first song​


Alan Epstein has been playing music since the early 1970's. Over the past 45 years he has studied with some of the top mandolin players in the world, has played in bluegrass bands, was the founder of the modern day Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra (2002) and was a contributing writer to Mandolin Magazine (2004-2005) 

As a teacher, Alan has taught mandolin workshops at Calliope in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, at Augusta Heritage "Bluegrass Week" in Elkins, West Virginia, and in 2015 at the CMSA (Classical Mandolin Society) Convention in Austn,Texas. Since 2012 he has been a Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Instructor where he teaches bluegrass jamming to folks in Upstate New York and at music camps across the country. Alan excels at helping students master fundamentals and techniques, in a highly positive and fun way, giving them the confidence to enjoy a broad range of musical experiences. 


Enroll for immediate access to this course.
For a limited time, we are offering a 30-day license to this course for free. No payment information necessary.
You may also learn more and save by bundling in two 30-minute private online lessons with Alan, essentially getting the course for free.

Watch this recorded course at your convenience. You will receive immediate, lifetime access upon enrollment.


After enrolling, you can watch this course anytime by logging in to your Lessonface account.
You are covered by the Lessonface Guarantee - let us know if you are not satisfied for any reason within two days of purchasing access to the class and we will refund your tuition in full.

If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to be in touch by chatting at us within our office hours, calling 1-800-211-7058, or emailing


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