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    Started when I was 20, having played guitar a bit. I didn't know any mandolin players.
    I had learned and forgot some basic music reading from recorder lessons at school when I was 12 or 13.

    I...
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    Great stories Dave.

    (sorry, can't contribute - never had a teacher)
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    I have had a teacher for a couple of years. With his help, I have made much faster progress than I would on my own with YouTube. Occasionally, I attend a camp (virtual these days). There is never...
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    I would find time in your week to take a lesson with a teacher that plays mandolin - many of them have 30 minute lessons. May as well get started off on the right foot so to speak, picking a mando...
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    Here's the obverse of that story, sort of. My older daughter took lessons from early on from a respected school in the next town. Her teachers were all Juilliard students, very well trained and...
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    Working with the voices in my head .. ..

    Music in my head came out by whistling and humming, then the head tunes ..
    took me a while.. getting my fingers up to the task..

    :whistling: this was in the cretaceous era, before the...
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    Interesting theory, although I doubt that is how it works. Mark was always a prodigy and we would have found out that regardless if he learned how to read music. I would be very surprised if he does...
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    There's plenty of good advice above, but I didn't find the transition from fiddle to mandolin all that easy. Picking out notes was simple, but what I was doing with both hands was quite different...
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    Round2:

    I agree with everyone. With your past musical background, I wouldn't consider you to be a novice. Transition from violin to mandolin is quite easy. I also second the suggestion about...
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    10 years of violin should set you up quite nicely. I took piano and guitar lessons when I was a kid but never steady lessons on fiddle or mandolin. I wish I had violin lessons. I have been playing...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    Hi Round2!

    If you are not working (or did not work) with a teacher to learn to play the mandolin, how did you go about it?

    I have never worked with a teacher, except maybe just a smidgeon with...
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    Jim Bevan hit the nail on the head, and your response shows you have some musical experience. Iíll answer your personal questions from my own perspective.

    The way I went about it at first was to...
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    If you are looking for a bluegrass instructor I can highly recommend Keith Yoder of Maryville, Tennessee. He is a multi instrumentalist and focuses on how to play well with others and on developing...
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    Having a spouse who plays is a huge advantage to learning a new instrument. When I taught myself, I had a book, some eight years of formal music training and the experience of teaching myself and my...
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    I started playing the mandolin as a side activity to playing guitar and slide guitar. So I already had a basis when I started. I have learned a lot from listening to blues mandolin players - that is...
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    IMHO, based on my experiences as both a student and a teacher, teaching is an art. A good teacher does not have a one size fits all method. He or she strives to understand how each student learns...
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    I started with mandolessons.com, and have been working through Sharon Gilchrist's Intermediate sessions on Peghead Nation. Highly recommend both.
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    Sounds like you're good to go. :)

    I'd say just hunt around on YouTube for someone playing something that you want to play, study it enough to figure out how it's being done (physically as well as...
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    Those points are well taken, Jim. In my own case, I studied violin for 10 years or so (but never fiddle, I'm sorry to say), double bass for one year, and piano for three or four years. I noodled...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    I would imagine that my reply would be true for many of us self-taughties here:
    I learned to play another instrument before mandolin. I already understood how music "works" when I first picked up a...
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    Domradave's post on mandolin teachers reminded me that I have a complementary question to ask. If you are not working (or did not work) with a teacher to learn to play the mandolin, how did you go...
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    Cool - which size of domra do you play?
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    What kind of music are you chasing?
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    I started my journey 25years ago, took a few lessons at a local music store, been so long ago that I forgot the fee. I showed up with my lesson book, he had me play this lesson and practice that...
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    I've taken mandolin lessons for about 3 years from Kip Snow at Counterpoint Music in Mocksville, NC. He is an excellent instructor and provides a laid-back, positive atmosphere. He is a performing...
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