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    Hey mandolin geniuses,

    So, I finally bought my mandolin, an Eastman md605. It's a beaut!

    I think it's lucky that I found mandolin cafe. What mandolin help site, youtube performs and lesson teachers, mandolin tab sites, and learning centers are your favorites? I know I'm going to need a lot of help.
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    1. Check the articles, links & studies under the Learn/Listen tab here at the cafe. Mandolin Cafe is my favorite hangout for all things mandolin. You can also join a social group for projects to learn and help and encouragement. The Newbies social group would be a good place, also the Song A Week social group.

    2. My favorite learning site when starting out was www.mandolessons.com - in addition, I learned a lot from www.bradleylaird.com and www.banjobenclark.com and from Pete Martin at www.petimarpress.com - check out the "Advice For Mandolin Newbies" at my website, link in signature.

    3. Best for me long term has been to purchase courses from www.homespun.com - they have many sets of video series, and offer deep discounts weekly through their email list. Over the past few years, I've racked up a large volume of mandolin lesson series through them, and I use them all the time in my studies.

    The Mike Marshall Homespun series titled "Mandolin Fundamentals For All Players" - a 2 DVD set from www.homespun.com - should be included with every first-time mandolin purchase, IMO.
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    Hi Mark,

    This is an incredible bunch of resources. I look for the Listen/Learn tab.
    Much appreciated!
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    MandoLessons.com
    Any of Sharon Gilchrist's lesson series' on Peghead Nation
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    I really like Wayne's World Of Mandolin. I took a few lessons from him when I lived in SC and love his teaching and playing; he's such a mensch!

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    www.thesession.org is one library of tunes
    http://www.rudemex.co.uk/library/ABC/01tunelib_abc.php is more English trad with some European tunes
    http://abcnotation.com/ is huge.

    Most of these libraries are too big though, I think it’s better to go through small books of tunes that other mandolinists have chosen to play and record or:
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/g...856&do=discuss
    A list if nearly 2000 tunes often with notation right here on MandolinCafe.

    Get into this, Song-a-Week https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?groupid=67 and you’ll hear lots of different versions of the same tune played by different people. Invaluable.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    1. Check the articles, links & studies under the Learn/Listen tab here at the cafe. Mandolin Cafe is my favorite hangout for all things mandolin. You can also join a social group for projects to learn and help and encouragement. The Newbies social group would be a good place, also the Song A Week social group.

    2. My favorite learning site when starting out was www.mandolessons.com - in addition, I learned a lot from www.bradleylaird.com and www.banjobenclark.com and from Pete Martin at www.petimarpress.com - check out the "Advice For Mandolin Newbies" at my website, link in signature.

    3. Best for me long term has been to purchase courses from www.homespun.com - they have many sets of video series, and offer deep discounts weekly through their email list. Over the past few years, I've racked up a large volume of mandolin lesson series through them, and I use them all the time in my studies.

    The Mike Marshall Homespun series titled "Mandolin Fundamentals For All Players" - a 2 DVD set from www.homespun.com - should be included with every first-time mandolin purchase, IMO.
    Its amazing,... like dejas vous ... I feel like I just read this in another thread. Mark, I think you must have this on a word doc that you can just copy and paste

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    Well, there have been some great resources sighted here, and a lot depends upon finding the method and teaching style which works best for you. I will put my hat in the ring also, as if it is free you are looking for, I have started doing a few free mandolin and guitar lessons per week on YouTube. These cover both tunes and techniques, and I allow people to put in requests regarding songs or techniques they want to explore/ get help on, and I’ll put up a video demonstrating them if at all possible. I have some technique videos coming out over the next few days, but here is my last mando lesson, which is on the Monroe classic Wheel Hoss. This may be a little advanced depending upon where you are on the instrument right now, but I’m certain that it is broken down enough that you could start learning it. Also, I am uploading a video on the basics of chopping/ good rhythm habits as I write this, and that may offer you something. As long as I receive subscribers who stay actively involved, I will continue the videos on into the future. They may be worth checking out anyhow… https://youtu.be/tuM4A28GsgQ
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    Thanks, tree. This channel looks fun!
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    Thanks, shawnbrock! I'll subscribe now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    Its amazing,... like dejas vous ... I feel like I just read this in another thread. Mark, I think you must have this on a word doc that you can just copy and paste

    Love it!!!
    No Spencer, actually I wrote all that in response to this query - then, a short time later, another query was made in the same vein, so I jumped back over here to copy what I had written.
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    On this forum, it's the Ballo Liscio thread!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...ghlight=liscio

    Thanks to Mandophile!

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    Thanks to all! A rich thread.

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    Really so much great mandolin! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinG View Post
    Hey mandolin geniuses,

    So, I finally bought my mandolin, an Eastman md605. It's a beaut!

    I think it's lucky that I found mandolin cafe. What mandolin help site, youtube performs and lesson teachers, mandolin tab sites, and learning centers are your favorites? I know I'm going to need a lot of help.
    Thanks,
    devin
    A great online FREE site is mandolessons.com although you can and should donate if you find the site useful. Another very good learning tool is Band in the Box site. But to begin your journey i would attempt to locate a good teacher that you could take lessons from. You want to begin your journey by learning and practicing the CORRECT way so you don't have to relearn as a result of practicing incorrectly.
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Hi Yankees1,
    Great advice. I haven't found a local mandolin teacher yet but I'm working on it.
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    Hey Devin! If you're planning to play bluegrass I've found it's a good idea to listen to as much classic material as you can lay your hands on, in addition to taking lessons and gathering books and instruction DVDs.
    Listening to Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Louvin Brothers, etc will provide inspiration and help develop your musical ear.
    Check out these two YouTube channels... they are free treasure troves of classics.
    Take's has many albums that have long been out of print: https://www.youtube.com/c/TakehikoSa...sAlbums/videos
    Dave's channel has live recordings that are mind-blowing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy6..._CcmJbQ/videos

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    As you are seeing, this site leads everywhere.
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    My favorite mandolin resource is this whole site. Everything you need to know is known by someone here, and likely there are two or three threads about it and a home made chart or two.

    Really, this is my favorite mandolin resource.
    Having something to say is highly over rated.

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    I have returned to learning mandolin after having given up years ago due to an injury. I had never got past the early beginner stage. This website is probably my most visited one . Since I came back to the mandolin coinciding with pandemic seclusion I am primarily interested in Irish music. For lessons I use the online Academy of Irish Music (OAiME.ie) taught by Paddy Cummins.
    I’ve been using it since about March. What I really like is the ability to play a bar or two or a tune over and over and over and over . It’s been especially helpful with playing along and working on timing which has always been a challenge for me. The other resource that is a favorite is member Aidan Crossey’s The Irish Mandolin web site, which in turn sent me to The Session web site. Just now learning my first jig, The Lilting Banshee (which I expect will take me another month as I’m a slow learner and am trying to be pretty exacting) and I like that I can listen to Paddy’s and then Aidan’s version between taking a breath and composing myself when I need to step back a moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinG View Post
    Hey mandolin geniuses,

    So, I finally bought my mandolin, an Eastman md605. It's a beaut!

    I think it's lucky that I found mandolin cafe. What mandolin help site, youtube performs and lesson teachers, mandolin tab sites, and learning centers are your favorites? I know I'm going to need a lot of help.
    Thanks,
    devin

    I just got my Eastman 605 Elec. last night. I'm with you, what a beautiful instrument. I hope I can do it justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinG View Post
    Hey mandolin geniuses,

    So, I finally bought my mandolin, an Eastman md605. It's a beaut!

    I think it's lucky that I found mandolin cafe. What mandolin help site, youtube performs and lesson teachers, mandolin tab sites, and learning centers are your favorites? I know I'm going to need a lot of help.
    Thanks,
    devin
    Devin, I know you were primarily looking for online resources, but two things you should consider if you don't have them is a metronome (plenty of free apps to pick from) and an app that can slow down music without changing pitch. This will help you learn songs at a pace you can deal with. The most popular is The Amazing Slow Downer but Music Speed Changer is also good and is free. For online resources I have used Peghead Nation, online lessons through Lessonface and currently ArtistWorks. I feel that AW is the best value, and the video submittals reviews have been helpful

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