I've found the Suzuki method is a generic approach to teaching young children to play music. My daughter started with the Suzuki method but I was unimpressed. I ended having her go with the more traditionaly method of learning. I'm not sure how good the Suzuki method is for adult learners. It is very simplistic and may be boring for the adult learner.
I too have been unable to find a teacher in my area. I used "Essential Elements" Violin Book One to teach myself to read music. And I used the "American Fiddle Method" to learn fiddle tunes. I have various books and DVDs but I think Greg Horne's "Beginning Mandolin" is good for the self-learner.
Las Vegas, NV
"Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes and play your mandolin."