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    I was very fortunate to purchase a vintage mandolin. I have not started lessons, but I'm ready to go. Is there a website I can go to get the chords for mandolin songs?

    This instrument has been calling to me for a long time. I love the sound of it. I'm excited to begin lessons

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    Click the “Learn/Listen” tab at the top of the page and scroll down to “Chord Library.”
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    You could also try Barron over on Mandolessons.com.

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    Default Re: New to the Mandolin

    +1 on MandoLessons.com. Lots of us got our start there.

    There's a also several good Social Groups under "Listen/Learn," including one for Newbies

    And welcome to the Cafe!
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    As a perpetual Newbie who aspires to nothing more than that, allow me to welcome you to the Cafe and to the Newbies group if so inclined. See my signature:
    New to mando? Click this link -->Newbies to join us at the Newbies Social Group.

    Just send an email to rob.meldrum@gmail.com with "mandolin setup" in the subject line and he will email you a copy of his ebook for free (free to all mandolincafe members).

    My website and blog: honketyhank.com

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    Hey, Ladyehawk!

    I can appreciate you taking a bit to finally make the plunge. I look forward to seeing you around!

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    I've downloaded a Mel- Bay beginner book, and I'm starting to look at video lessons online. I'm beginning with mandolessons.com and going from there. I would like to just watch him play the chords for a while first. I'll most likely pick it up and start practicing sometime this week. I also have guitar which I have tried to learn and will most likely go back to. I retire in about 5 years so there is plenty of time to learn both. The mandolin just keeps calling to me. I think sometimes I was born in the wrong time period. I should have been a minstral or something in the middle ages......LOL

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    Tell us about your vintage mandolin. Whatcha packin'?

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    Go to FlatPik.com and get on Steve Kaufman's mailing list. He has just done, and will be doing, little one hour lessons on various topics; I took the "Beginning Mandolin" which wasn't too overpowering and got some good study materials out of it. He said he will be doing more of this type of "one time" presentation in the future...

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    I really like PegHeadNations, different mandolin teachers, different styles, cost is very fair, presentation is excellent (video, sound, and visual acuity).
    And many times they will offer a free 30 day trial, and you can switch to different teachers a couple times to try different ones.
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    I'm new also. I've been looking at some YouTube videos, to get me started. There's some great instructors on YT . Especially the YT user Marty Schwartz for the Guitar.

    This guy is pretty good. Basic chords strum etc.
    https://youtu.be/lZSkP5Czz8o

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    Welcome aboard. You'll find this forum to be a welcoming and helpful place and the mandolin to be a positively wonderful instrument. You've received some good information so far. I would add that if you're willing to pay a relatively nominal subscription fee Peghead Nation is another great resource for online lessons.

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    The now famous Mike Marshall video is an essential to getting started correctly.
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    Mike Marshall - artistworks.com has been awesome. the pegheadnation courses look great as well - be diligent in practice and follow what's being taught, even if it seems routine or you already know it - they build on each other, and you'll find yourself going back again on stuff you thought you knew...it's all great. And this forum has been exceptional in terms of information, process and ideas...great people.

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