Beginner Mandolin Lessons

Learn how to play the mandolin with this series of video lessons by Brad Laird. You will learn core concepts like tuning, reading tab, strumming, playing chords, and more. Browse through the free lessons to learn some essential techniques to get you started. When you’re ready, move on to our premium lessons for more detailed instruction and to begin learning new songs.

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What is a Doublestop? A lot of melodies you will initially learn on mandolin feature single note lines. As you progess you will learn how to play slides, hammer-ons, and a technique called doublestops. When you play a pair of strings at the same time you can create a double stop. Read More…


Free Beginner Lessons

Premium Courses


Beginning Mandolin Package: Learn essential techniques, chords, and your first songs.


The Mandolin Primer will teach you even more beginner songs.


Easy Mandolin Solos: Learn beginner arrangements for Banks of the Ohio and two more jam session favorites.


Having trouble playing barre chords? Try out these easy chop chords.


Learn how to incorporate a variety of doublestops into your playing.


The Mandolin Handbook is an owner’s manual for mandolinists that will teach you more about your instrument.

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