Introduction to online Mandolin lessons
These beginner mandolin lessons are designed to get you started with the basics. On this page, you'll find ten subjects each containing mini lessons, so you have a step by step process on how to learn the mandolin. Every lesson includes a video and mandolin tab that you can play along with so your timing can improve from the very start. Go ahead, jump in and have fun!
Welcome to the Tunefox Beginner Lessons for Mandolin! Here you’ll find all you need to get started on your instrument, from tuning and learning how to read tab to playing your first song. Our hope...
Tuning your Mandolin and How to Read Tab
Welcome to the first Tunefox mandolin lesson where you'll learn how to tune your mandolin using an electronic tuner!
Tab is one of the most popular learning tools available. Tunefox features tabs for all of it's songs, licks, and lessons so to prepare you for the rest of the site, let's talk about how to read tab.
Right Hand Position and Holding a Flatpick
This lesson will teach you how to position your mandolin so your right arm and hand will be in the correct position for strumming and flat picking.
In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of flatpicks and how to hold one.
Strumming 101: Downstrokes and Upstrokes
Downstrokes are the foundation for strumming and picking melodies and in this lesson you'll learn how to get started with strumming the mandolin.
Upstrokes are essentially the opposite of downstrokes. Your hand is starting below the strings and playing up through them.
Now that you've practiced down and upstrokes, let's put them together to create a basic strumming pattern.
Adding the Left Hand and Your First Chord
In this lesson, you'll learn how to position your fretting hand behind the neck and how to play your first chord.
Two More Chords - C and D
The C major chord shape is similar to the G chord in that you're using the same fingers on the same frets. The only difference is what strings they are on.
The D major chord is a different shape than your G and C chords, but it still only uses two fingers.
Changing chords is an essential skill to master when playing a stringed instrument. Fortunately for us mandolin players, we have it pretty easy at first!
Changing from G major to D major is a little more complicated than G to C, but it's not difficult. Let's look at the process of switching between these two chords.
Now that you know three chords on the mandolin, let's put them all together!
This is another option for combining the three chords you've learned in the previous lessons.
Flatpicking 101: Right Hand Technique
This lesson series focuses on right hand technique for flat picking melodies on the mandolin.
In this practice variation, you can play along with the tab to practice playing two downstrokes on each string.
Alternate picking refers to alternating between playing downstrokes and upstrokes with your picking hand.
This is a practice variation for you to play along with to help you hone your alternate picking technique.
This is the final exercise in this series, where you'll practice crosspicking, or just playing one note per string.
The G Scale
The G major scale is the scale associated with the G major chord and is a great starting place for developing your left hand technique.
This is the second part to the G major scale and is essentially just and extension of the lower octave scale that you learned in lesson 8.1.
Now that you know the low octave and the higher octave scale, let's combine them to create a three octave G major scale.
Slurs: Hammer-ons, Slides, and Pull-offs
The Hammer-on is the first of three left hand articulations you'll see in Tunefox songs and licks. These articulations are called 'slurs.'
The pull-off is another left hand articulation, or slur.
The slide is another type of left hand articulation.
The C Major Scale
In this lesson you are going to learn the C major scale. This scale is associated with the C chord that we covered in a previous lesson.
Did you know you can play a C major scale from a note other than C? Keep reading to learn how.