The mandolin comes from the lute family of instruments, and typically has 8 strings in 4 courses – meaning that the strings are tuned in pairs, some of the pairs an octave apart but still being tuned to the same note. However different varieties of mandolins have more or fewer strings in more or fewer courses, the most being 16 strings in 4 courses. Mandolins come in all shapes and sizes, for use in varying settings, from classical music to bluegrass.
The mandolin has a somewhat “plinky” sound, similar in some ways to a banjo, and can be used in backup, rhythm type functions, or as a lead instrument. Typically constructed of wood, the inner makings of a mandolin are usually similar to a guitar – thin sheets of wood with bracing on the inside. Mandolins often have curved backs and ornate carved fronts.
Are you looking for mandolin lessons in Portland? We have some great mandolin teachers who can come to your house for lessons, or you can travel to the mandolin teachers studio in Portland, Vancouver, or wherever you live. Mandolin lessons will focus on sight reading, proper handling of the instrument, different drills and exercises which will help you improve in your mandolin lessons. Also, you will be taught how to tune your mandolin, replace the strings, and different picking methods to get different rhythmic expressions from the instrument. The mandolin can be a very enjoyable and rewarding instrument to play, and you can find a mandolin teacher in Portland that is right for you! At the Musicality Network, we have the best mandolin teachers, the most friendly, knowledgeable and likeable teachers anywhere.
To sign up for mandolin lessons, either email us ([email protected]), call us (971-227-4222), or use the contact form on our website. We will answer any further questions you have, and based on your address will recommend a mandolin teacher in your area. We will have the mandolin teacher contact you (usually the same day) and set up a free first lesson. After the free first mandolin lesson, if you decide you like the mandolin teacher, we will send you your billing information by email.
The Musicality Network is a Portland, Oregon based network of private music teachers, teaching a wide variety of instruments including Piano lessons, Guitar lessons, Drum lessons, Violin lessons, Voice lessons, and more! Our teachers can drive to your house, and we service the entire Portland Metro Area, including Vancouver, Clackamas, Troutdale, Gresham, Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City and more!