So You Want to Play Mandolin - Fall 2017 | Lessonface

So You Want to Play Mandolin - Fall 2017

Mandolin waiting in grass for someone to learn how to play it

Lessonface mandolin instructor Alan Epstein is ready to get you started with this beginner introduction to playing 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. Learn the basics of holding, tuning and playing your first notes and chords on the mandolin, and by the end of the session you will be playing your first song on the mandolin! The goal 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 above, choosing whether you will attend the group class online or in-studio. All attendees will receive access to the class recording for later review. You may also learn more and save by bundling in two 30 minute private online lessons with Alan -- regularly $60, in connection with the class only $49.

This live online class will occur from 2-3 pm ET on Saturday October 7, 2017. The class will be recorded so enrolled students can also watch later.


Students attend and interact live by joining over the Lessonface high performing video conference platform OR by coming into the Lessonface Classroom in the West Village of Manhattan. The live classes are recorded so enrolled students can also watch and review later. Class recordings are available within 48 hours of the live class session. The class is also covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

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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