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Mandolin Resources

Mandolin Resources

On this page you will find required materials for lessons on mandolin here at Promethean Studios and various other resources for the mandolin as well. The resources on this page are specifically for the mandolin, more generic resources (music stores, recording studios, etc) are listed here. At the time this information was entered, all links worked and products listed were available. For information purposes only; we won't post resources when we know there might be any sort of problem with a product, business, or person listed but please check out the reliability, appropriateness, and reputation of any resource you plan to use.

Please Have These for Your Lessons

  • An mandolin in fair condition (suggestions and details below) - I can advise you on the suitability of specific instruments.
  • Picks: 2 Dunlop 494P101 Americana Round Triangle OR Dunlop Primetone Semi-Round 1.3mm Sculpted - Not the crappy ones that came with your mandolin.
  • Strap (preferably leather) - Always play with a strap.
  • 3 ring binder - with loose-leaf paper and pockets for holding handouts.
  • Pencil - Erasable, colored pencils are best.
  • Manuscript paper (music paper, staff paper) - Click here and print 5 sheets of ‘medium music paper, treble clef only’, bring them to your lesson. Feel free to download any of the other types of music paper you want and your friends can, too. For assignments and written exercises.
  • Mandolin tab paper - Click here and print 5 sheets of ‘Mandolin and Ukulele tab paper, medium’ and bring it to your lesson. Feel free to download any of the other types of tab paper you want and your friends can, too. For assignments and written exercises, songs, and licks.
  • 5 GB flash drive or larger - suggestions and details below.
  • Download Audacity (optional) - details below.
  • Metronome or Drum machine (suggestions and details below) - Leave your metronome at home.
  • Sheet music for 5 pieces - Click here and look through the songs there – if you like some, download them and print them out. This list grows weekly and the great advantage of using the songs here is that the charts are pretty accurate and easy to follow. If you don’t see songs you like here, find music for 5 songs of your choice. See below for guidelines on choosing music.
  • Tuning fork (preferably G or a piano or keyboard) - Suggestions and details below.
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