Mandolin - Course Breakdowns
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The Beginner Mandolin course includes the following lessons:

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The Tutor - Nigel Jones

So I have been playing guitar since I was 12, which is now over 20 years. I’m a qualified guitar teacher with over 10 years experience, a member of the RGT. I have given lessons in schools and colleges across the UK, I have taught 1000s of guitar players in groups and one to one lessons; I’ve had many students get distinctions in grades. I’m now bringing my knowledge of guitar and experience of teaching to Rock Star Academy. I hope you enjoy my lessons…


Nigel has put together a great introduction to Mandolin. The course is designed to take you from absolute beginner to playing your first piece of music. He walks you through technique like posture, strumming, finding notes, major chords, minor chords and blending tones. The course will give you a well-rounded approach to playing Mandolin; have fun with it and we hope you enjoy the course.

Course Structure

Section 1 - First Look

  1. Put your hands on
  2. It's all in the strum
  3. Open strings and finding notes
  4. Time to play

    Section 2 - Open Chords
  5. A look at Major Chords
  6. A look at Minor Chords
  7. Thinking bigger
  8. Fretted chords the next level

    Section 3 - Putting It Together
  9. Getting up and running
  10. It's starting to sound sad
  11. Blending tones
  12. Ripping it up!


To run alongside this Mandolin course the lessons have challenges. The challenge will reflect the lesson you have done where appropriate. They start easy and get continually harder throughout the course. We hope you enjoy these, they’ll help improve your playing and don't forget to upload yourself playing to youtube or vimeo.

Course Level Key

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