About MandoLessons

My name is Baron Collins-Hill and I started MandoLessons in 2008. When I started learning to play the mandolin in the year 2000, I turned to the internet for help. Through sites like Mandolin Cafe and YouTube I was able to piece together the information I needed to learn new tunes, techniques, and find answers to the questions I had. MandoLessons is my way of giving back to the community that I have learned so much from.

For many years, MandoLessons was funded through advertising that appeared both on the site and on the videos. These ads detracted from the overall experience of the site, and added unneeded complexity to what I envisioned as a very straight forward, accessible website. In 2014, I started an experiment to see if the site could be sustained on a model of patronage rather than on advertising. Those who enjoy what I post on this website can support me by making a donation.

My lessons will always be free and available to anyone who wants to learn. If you are in a situation that doesn’t allow you to support MandoLessons financially, I don’t want your money. However, if you are interested in supporting the site, donations are greatly appreciated. I offer several ways for you to donate on the left hand side of the page.


My Equipment

Music Making Equipment
2009 Ellis A5 Mandolin
1924 Gibson A-Jr. Mandolin
2012 Kentucky KM-150 Mandolin
1966 Martin Tenor Guitar (Tuned GDAD)
1967 Martin D18 Guitar
1945 Martin 0-18 Guitar
D’Addario EJ75 Mandolin Strings
Dunlop Primetone 1.5mm Triangle Picks
Planet Waves Mandolin Strap
Travelite Mandolin Case
Snark SN-8 Instrument Tuner

Instrument setup & repair work done by Dennis Patkus

Video Making Equipment
Panasonic G85 Camera (Dec. 2016 on)
Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Lens (Dec. 2016 on)
Panasonic GH3 (Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2016)
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Lens (Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2016)
Old Manfrotto Tripod
Zoom H1 Audio Recorder
LimoStudio Lighting Kit
2 LimoStudio 105 Watt 6500K Light Bulbs
Macbook Pro Laptop
iMovie Video Editing Software
Website powered by WordPress (Avada Theme)

Website designed by Baron Collins-Hill with help from Alden Robinson