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Play Mandolin Irish Style
Play Mandolin Handy Guide for Beginners
Are you here to play Irish mandolin music? I started to play mandolin by ear, but being a musician I soon progressed to playing mandolin music and it wasn't long before I was really into the toe tapping Irish mandolin style everybody loves! I can teach you to play mandolin Irish style for free. The basics are simple if you already play violin or guitar and playing mandolin is fun. Do you love Celtic Music? I know I do and hearing the mandolin used instead of the fiddle for jigs, reels and hornpipes really got my attention many years ago. My attempts at violin were marred by inability to bow well so the mandolin was a better choice. If you want to play mandolin chords or play mandolin Zeppelin style, please bookmark the page - there will be goodies to come in time - but for today, this is simply "Play Mandolin 101" just to give you the basics!
Play Mandolin Today
Play Mandolin - Easy Guide
To play the mandolin you will need a few basics. The mandolin is an eight stringed instrument, with the strings tuned in pairs. Some people play with four strings, but this loses the lovely chorus effect a true mandolin has. It is not uncommon for guitarists to string up a mandolin to sound like a guitar, this is fine if you want to play mandolin chords and you already know guitar chords. It is not so good for Irish music. A lot of Irish music was composed or made up by fiddle players and falls more naturally u
nder the fingers if you use a violin tuning. This is where violinists raise the first smile! If you play the violin, you will already know where the notes are in standard mandolin tuning! Where guitarists strike gold is with the plectrum technique. The violin is a bowed instrument, but the mandolin is played with a flat picking technique!
Help for Beginners on Mandolin
If you play neither guitar, nor violin, just bear with me. You should find a few graphics will help with the mandolin notes and Irish music is much simpler to play than Vivaldi (who wrote for Italian mandolin players many centuries ago!)
Notes on the Mandolin - Fretboard Diagram and Fingering Chart for Mandolin
You will find the sharps and flats between the blue notes I have shown in this image! Feel free to save and print this for personal use, or share my page. Please do not use the image on your own website, I have not given permission for wide distribution.
A carefully graded series of lessons in notation only suitable for the mandolin player or violinist wishing to come to Celtic Music and Irish mandolin.
Irish mandolin is mostly about melodies.
When I was learning mandolin I was far more interested in playing the melody than the chords (or I would have stuck with the guitar as my main instrument). Here are some basic chords that will cover you for quite a few jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs. Actually there are literally thousands of ways of playing chords on the mandolin, just as there are on the guitar but these shapes are pretty easy.These chords worked for me when I didn't know the tune though, so I am passing them on to you! Hope that helps!
Play Mandolin Chords - Play Mandolin 101 - Chords in Key of G major
Learn to play mandolin scales - Mandolin Scales useful in Irish tunes - Music and TAB
You can print this image off to learn your scales, but please do not copy it on other websites!
The Hag with the Money - A Traditional Irish Tune
In case you wondered, this is my own arrangement and you are welcome to print it off for home use!
Score Exchange - Music from Lisa Marie Gabriel
Includes a 70 minute CD to play along with and great Irish tunes presented in mandolin TAB with chords to accompany.
Folk Song Arrangements suitable for mandolin and guitar
Easy Folk Tunes for Mandolin
I really enjoy making arrangements of Irish and Scottish traditional music. The melodies of many of these simple arrangements would be quite suitable for mandolin as well as flute or guitar to play. Some are duets, others are group arrangements suitable for a class or perhaps a session.
A Bunch of Thyme for guitar group with optional flute
Carrickfergus - guitar duet with guitar TAB
Fhear a Bhata - guitar duet with flute
MacPherson's Lament - Guitar group (with optional Fiddle and Whistle)
MacPherson's Lament - Guitar Duet
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose -Guitar Duet with optional flute
Santa Lucia - Barcarolle for Two Flutes and Guitar (with TAB)
Serafina - Halyard Shanty - Harmonica and Guitar duet
Skye Boat Song - Easy Classical Guitar Solo with TAB
Spanish Ladies - Beginner Guitar Duet
The Bluebells of Scotland - Guitar Quartet with optional flute
The Cutty Wren - Beginner Guitar Duet
The Drunken Sailor - Beginner Guitar Duet
The Keys of Canterbury - Beginner Guitar duet
The Mountains of Mourne - Guitar Duet with TAB
The Rattlin' Bog - Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Bodhran and Bones
The Water Is Wide - Violins, Cello, Flute and Guitar with TAB
Volga Boat Song - Beginner Guitar Duet
A great resource for both complete beginners and the more experienced player. Uses mandolin TAB as well as notation and includes a 63 track CD too.
I hope you found this page helpful! Thank you for visiting!
© 2012 Lisa Marie Gabriel