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Welcome to Play The Mandolin

Stroll around the website and you'll find free beginner mandolin lessons, intermediate lessons, mandolin tablature, 20 free video mandolin lessons, 9 free printable mandolin chord charts, and lots of other resources to help you learn to play the mandolin. Use the menu above to scope out the various materials on the site. Happy picking! Bookmark and Share

Featured Free Video Lesson - Getting Started Playing Mandolin

This is a free video lesson I created for the FreeMandolinVideos.com website. If you like my mandolin lessons check out the complete list of my video lessons here.


Two Finger Chords Lesson

This is another free video lesson I filmed for the FreeMandolinVideos.com website. If you just picked up the mandolin here is the place to start learning easy chords. Have fun! (By the way... several times in this video lesson I mention the chord charts. They are available for free on this page.

Be sure to check out these Free Mandolin Chord Charts organized by key. For example, if you want to play a song in the Key of G all the chords you will encounter are presented on one page! I have prepared chord chart sheets for all of the 8 most common "bluegrass keys." Those "mega-charts" that list every chord known to man just never made sense to me. I always thought that since chords tend to travel in families (keys) it would make sense to learn them in "sets" which include the chords you are most likely to encounter in those keys.


This is a little project I have had in the works for a few years. I am sticking it up here just to encourage you to follow your own path... think it, then do it...


"What is a Pentatonic Scale?" Lesson

This is another free video lesson I filmed for the FreeMandolinVideos.com website. Pentatonic scales are the basis for many melodies and very handy when improvising, especially in the bluegrass or rock and blues worlds. If you need help understanding about scales, chords, basic music theory, how to practice effectively, and the always elusive topic of improvising, I suggest you take a look at my book "Mandolin Master Class." Even beginners can get a great head start by studying this book early in the learning process--but it's never too late to get "up to speed", even if you've been pickin' for years!

If you like this site I would appreciate it if you would help me spread the word about it. You can "share the site" by using the "SHARE" tool you'll find here and there throughout the site. Also, if you have any comments, suggestions, corrections, etc. that you'd like to pass along to me just send me an email at the "contact me" link below. Thanks a lot and I hope you have as much fun with the mandolin as I have!

Now that you have checked out some this hodge-podge on the home page GET ON OVER TO THE FREE LESSONS AND FREE CHORDS! That is where all the good stuff is!

beginner mandolin instruction course pdf download

Brad Laird's Beginning Mandolin Instruction Course

Click here for information about my downloadable PDF eBook which expands on the free lessons here on the site.

Larger tablature, more tunes and chords, printable full page format PLUS AUDIO TRACKS of all of the songs and exercises.


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