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Mandolin Courses
 
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!
 
Available Mandolin Courses
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Beginner
• 27 Lessons
• 16 Tunes
 
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 downloadable Play-Along audio practice tracks for rhythm and melody on all tunes, advice on embellishing melodies and playing tremolo, and more.
 
 
with Chad Manning
 
Beginner / Intermediate
• 43 Lessons
• 6 Tunes
 
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.
 
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Intermediate
• 21 Lessons
• 19 Tunes
 
Learn to play solos to any bluegrass song in any key with Sharon's intermediate-level method for learning the fingerboard, based on arpeggios, chop-chord shapes, and double stops.
 
 
with Joe K. Walsh
 
Intermediate
• 48 Lessons
• 47 Tunes
 
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.
 
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 75 Lessons
• 56 Tunes
 
Learn to play solos on classic bluegrass songs and instrumentals using bluegrass mandolin techniques like tremolo, double stops, two-string melodies, and more.
 
 
with Marla Fibish
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 79 Lessons
• 71 Tunes
 
Learn traditional Irish mandolin, with an emphasis on playing the dance music of Ireland with an authentic Irish feel and rhythm.
 
 
with Mike Compton
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 74 Lessons
• 70 Tunes
 
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.
 
 
with John Reischman
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 60 Lessons
• 57 Tunes
 
Learn great traditional and original tunes in a variety of styles—old-time, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, and more—from a modern mandolin master.
 
 
with Joe K. Walsh
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 88 Lessons
• 86 Tunes
 
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.
 
 
with Aaron Weinstein
 
Advanced
• 33 Lessons
• 27 Tunes
 
Learn how to combine chords and melody to play jazz standards in the style pioneered by jazz mandolinist Jethro Burns and guitarists like Joe Pass and Bucky Pizzarelli.
 
 
with Sharon Gilchrist
 
Intermediate
• 9 Lessons
• 7 Tunes
 
In this workshop, Sharon will use common bluegrass and old-time tunes like “Old Joe Clark,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “June Apple,” “Angeline the Baker,” and more to demonstrate her method for teaching students how to embellish and vary melodies as a way to begin to improvise.
 
 
with Joe K. Walsh
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 10 Lessons
• 8 Tunes
 
Learn to transfer what you know on the mandolin to its bigger cousin and how to exploit the octave mandolin’s potential for more complex, guitar-oriented accompaniment styles. For intermediate mandolin, fiddle, or guitar players with a basic knowledge of their instrument.
 
 
Live Workshop
with Joe K. Walsh
 
Intermediate / Advanced
 
Learn to improvise on fiddle tunes, create new melodies over chord changes, practice the arpeggios and scales you need to play jazz tunes, and more. Joe lays out his approach to improvising and practicing improvising, with exercises and solos that illustrate his unique, widely acclaimed, freewheeling style.
 
 
Live Workshop
with Aaron Weinstein
 
Intermediate
 
If you’re playing mandolin in a swing or jazz band, most of the time you won’t be playing solos, you’ll be a part of the rhythm section, accompanying soloists or vocalists. In this eight-session workshop you’ll learn to play rhythm mandolin (and how to create rhythmic chord solos) with one of the world’s greatest swing mandolinists, Aaron Weinstein.
 
 
 
Mandolin Performances
 
 
 
Brittany Haas and an all-star band play a beautiful version of the popular Texas fiddle tune, live at the Great Lakes Music Camp 2019.
 
 
 
Peghead Nation mandolin and guitar instructors play a David Grisman and Jerry Garcia tune.
 
 
 
Mandolin master plays a new original tune that he recorded for his new album "New Time and Old Acoustic."
 
 
 
Mandolin Demos
 
 
 
Aaron Weinstein demonstrates his new jazz mandolin.
 
 
 
Joe K. Walsh demonstrates his vintage mandola, which he set up with an old DeArmond pickup for playing electric.
 
 
 
A great A-style mandolin built with premium woods.
 
 
 
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