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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!


 

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 14 complete tunes, downloadable Play-Along audio practice tracks for rhythm and melody on all tunes, advice on embellishing melodies and playing tremolo, and more than 9 hours of video instruction in 80+ videos.


 

 

Learn to play solos on classic bluegrass songs and instrumentals using bluegrass mandolin techniques like tremolo, double-stops, two-string melodies, and more.


 

 

Learn great traditional and original tunes in a variety of styles—old-time, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, and more—from a modern mandolin master.


 

 

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. 


 

 

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.


 

 

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.


 

 

Learn traditional Irish mandolin, with an emphasis on playing the dance music of Ireland with an authentic Irish feel and rhythm.


 

 

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.


 

MANDOLIN EVENTS

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Coming Soon! The Banjo According to Danny Barnes



MANDOLIN PERFORMANCES

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Brittany Haas and Chris Thile: “Crow Molly”/“Ship in the Clouds”


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Dale Russ and Marla Fibish: “The Kerry Reel/The Beauty Spot”


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Scroggins and Rose: “St. Anne’s Reel Improvisation”


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Harmonic Tone Revealers: “It’s My Lazy Day”



MANDOLIN DEMOS

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Collings MF O


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Nugget A-Style Standard Mandolin


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2002 Gilchrist F-5


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Maegen Wells A-Style Mandolin and 15-Inch Archtop Guitar



MANDOLIN PRATTLE

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Keep Going!


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Monroe Mondays: “Northern White Clouds”


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Monroe Mondays: “The Lloyd Loar”


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Monroe Mondays: “Call of the Shepherd”


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One Course — $20/month or $200/year
Two Courses — $30/month or $300/year
Access to All Courses — $100/month

Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!





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Jul 14, 2018
This short film pays homage to Bill Collings, who set out to raise the bar in our industry and impacted so many lives in the process.