So You Want to Play the Mandolin

About So You Want to Play the Mandolin

This class is designed for the beginner; those folks who are interested in playing the mandolin but don't know where to start.

The class will run for 5 weeks we will meet for 1 hour each week.

We will cover the basics of holding, tuning and playing your first notes on the mandolin. We will learn a few scales and chords, do some left and right hand exercises and we will learn a few bluegrass songs.

My goal is to get you started and provide you with the skills needed to play this great little instrument going forward. We will take things slowly, with a focus on producing clear tone, developing muscle memory in your fingers and most importantly having fun. At the beginning of each class everyone will have an opportunity to share what they have been working in for their fellow classmates.

The only prerequisite is that you have a mandolin, a few picks, an electronic tuner and, most importantly, a desire to play the mandolin.

The capacity for this class is 10 students.

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The class will meet for five weekly 60-min live online sessions on Wednesdays at 7 pm ET | 4 pm PT | 23:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on November 1.

Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
So You Want to Play the Mandolin
Alan Epstein

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before each session's start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward. Contact us with any questions. This class, and all lessons and classes on Lessonface, are covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

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Verified Student on April 19, 2023
Class: So You Want to Play the Mandolin


Carrie . on April 19, 2023
Class: So You Want to Play the Mandolin

This was hands down the best intro class I've ever taken for a new instrument. Alan set an achievable pace and attainable goals. There was a sense of accomplishment at the end of the class that boosted my confidence with my mandolin to inspiring levels.

Verified Student on December 27, 2022
Class: Creating Mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs

Great, hopefully I can incorporate the 4 licks into my playing sometime soon!

Verified Student on December 23, 2022
Class: Creating Mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs

Well organized, encouraging, introduced new material accompanied by slow to fast examples. Learned a lot and felt comfortable in the process.

Verified Student on December 22, 2022
Class: Creating Mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs

Alan as always was extremely friendly and generous with his time. He provided all a 15 minute free private lesson to better understand the application of the Licks. I was behind the curve on this one but the classes are still available to go back and go back through to better comprehend and apply to my playing.

Jim S. on December 22, 2022
Class: Creating Mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs

Class was great. Good content and presentation.

Jeanne M. on June 24, 2021
Class: Creating Mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs Using the JAM Songbook

Encouraging patient open to questions good information and playing

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Alan Epstein

Alan Epstein

Lessonface Mandolin Teacher of the Year in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2023. I have been playing mandolin for the past 52 years and I've been teaching others to play mandolin for over 25 years. I've preformed in bluegrass bands in Colorado, North Carlina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York.

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