If you can’t find the information you are looking for or just want to say hello, send me an email and I will do my best to answer your questions. I get a lot of email (who doesn’t these days), and ask that you take a quick look at the Frequently Asked Questions below to see if I have already answered your question.
Frequently Asked Questions
What mandolin should I buy?
I have shared my thoughts regarding buying your first instrument on this page. If you are looking to upgrade from your current instrument, there are much more knowledgeable people than I on the subject over at the Mandolin Cafe Forum. Do a search over there, or create an account and post a question. Everyone is very friendly, and you will get the most help if you have a price range in mind, a style of music in mind, and/or an aesthetic preference in mind.
Can you make a lesson for this song or tune?
It depends. If the tune is traditional and under the public domain, the answer is yes. I may not know the tune, but I will still add it to my list if it isn’t already on it. At this point I have several years worth of lessons lined up, but I will still add your request to the list. I love learning new tunes, so please do make suggestions.
If you are unsure whether or not the tune or song is held under copyright, make a quick Google search. While it’s not fail proof, googling (Tune or Song Name) Composer is a good place to start. For fiddle tunes, a quick look at the tune page on The Session will often give you the information you are looking for. In general, my focus for MandoLessons is on traditional material (tunes and songs), fundamentals and technique, music theory, musicality, and having fun while playing an instrument. At this time I do not have time to make lessons for pop songs, as much fun as that would be.
If you really want to see a lesson show up on my site, consider the “Lesson Of Your Choosing” donation level on the MandoLessons Patreon page. Those suggestions get top priority and usually make it to the website within a couple months. This option excludes any copyrighted material, so if you have something specific in mind, check with me beforehand.
If that still isn’t fast enough for you, consider a private lesson via Skype, which can sometimes be scheduled within a few days or weeks (but no guarantees , I am also a touring musician).
Do you sell DVDs or downloads of your videos?
At this point, I do not. That said many people don’t have consistent access to a reliable internet connection, and the last thing I wan’t is for those people to lose access to my lessons. I recommend downloading the lessons with the simple (and free) program ClipGrab (www.clipgrab.org), and perhaps to make a small donation to MandoLessons as a way to say “thank you”. If your internet connection is not fast or reliable enough to download the lessons, consider visiting your local public library or internet-equipped friend.
There are other ways to download videos from YouTube, but most of them are riddled with advertisements, malware, and worse, and I cannot recommend them.
In the event that you do download the videos, they are not to be sold under any circumstance, and if you share them please refer the future mandolin player to MandoLessons!