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 on the pages of this site, and on video ads that would run before the lessons that I host on YouTube. 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 MandoLessons could sustain itself on a model of patronage rather than on advertising. Those who enjoy what I post on this website can support me either on a monthly schedule (Patreon) or by a one-time donation (PayPal). 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 (I have been there too, and I still am in many respects). However, if you feel like you are in a position to help me out, It is greatly appreciated. I offer several ways for you to donate:
In it’s own words, “Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love.” You can support MandoLessons by pledging any amount per month, from $1 to $100 (or more!) and there are rewards associated with each tier of patronage.
If a monthly donation is not your style, I happily accept one time donations through PayPal. If you’d rather donate by post, send me an email and I will send you my mailing address.
Buy Play Along Tracks
I have created Play Along Tracks for most of the fiddle tune lessons I have made, and I am always working on making tracks for the back catalog. They are free to stream online, but you can also pay a small fee of $2 per album (usually six tracks) and download them to your computer.
Buy a T-Shirt
Buying a t-shirt supports MandoLessons in more ways than one. Not only do the proceeds go towards maintaining the site, when people see the shirt they might visit the site and find it useful!
Tell Your Friends
My number one objective for MandoLessons is not to make money, it is to provide open access for anyone interested in learning to play the mandolin. If you know someone who fits this description, tell them about MandoLessons!