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mandolin The mandolin is the youngest member of the Lute family. Made from wood, the mandolin has a teardrop shape, concave hollow back with eight steel strings of four pairs tuned in open fifths to the notes G, D, A and E.

mandolin Using a different set of chords from the guitar, it is best known for the tremelando effect which is achieved by moving a pick rapidly back and forth on the strings.  This technique is difficult to master as the frets are small and the player requires a good sense of rhythm to perform the right number of subdivisions of beats.

Whilst the original design is mainly used acoustically in Bluegrass, Folk, Rock and Country music, there are also a few solid electric models available which follow a similar shape to the guitar using a solid body and pick ups to amplify its bright penetrating sound.

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icon Autoplayer learn to play mandolin, guitar, bass, bouzouki and ukulele with this musical software.

Arto's String Calculator very comprehensive online program with full instructions for calculating where a string can be used by setting the diameter and more. Measures string tension and diameter for a number of instruments, in a variety of settings. Online java String Diameter/Tension Drawer also available.

String Tension Pro free, easy-to-use web application that allows you to customize, create and compare string sets for your instrument

Doug Sparlings Lutherie Pages - Fret Placement Calculator - FretCalc is used to find fret placement for fretted stringed instruments. Any combination of scale length and number for frets can be chosen. The fret placement from the nut to each fret and the distance between adjacent frets is shown in a chart that can be printed out.

Fret Position Calculator the fret calculator will not convert scale lengths, but you can use their measurement converter for this.

Fretted Instrument Bridge Saddle Compensation Calculator This page contains an online calculator which can be used to calculate compensation. The calculator provides individual string compensation values and also straight saddle compensation for instruments that feature a straight angled saddle. It contains data for a number of types of instruments and can be easily used to calculate compensation values for those instruments. The calculator can also be used to calculate compensation for non-standard instruments.

How to convert a guitar into an octave mandolin a step by step guide with diagrams plus cd available with a variety of diy musical instrument projects, pictures and information provided by Dennis Havlena.

How to tell a Mandolin, Mandola, Cittern, Bouzouki, Blarge apart includes general differences, a chart showing different scale lengths and tunings plus specific stats on each instrument.

InterChart Displays many possible chords, scales, and fingerings for bass, guitar, mandolin, or Chapman Stick. Slow to download.

Java Tuner This Java applet demonstrates various historical tunings and temperaments and allows one to experiment with them. It was developed to accompany a text on Understanding temperaments, and is complemented by a set of MIDI files demonstrating various tunings and temperaments, full instructions and a variety of modern and archaic tuning modes. Also provides selected intervals and a chord player.

Mandolin Chord Finder at Mandolin Cafe just pick a chord and click display for the notes to appear on the mandolin fretboard.

Martindale's Calculators Online Center - descriptive links for a wide range of free online or downloadable music calculators.

MPUSTC String Guage & Tension Calculator Check your string tensions based on pitch, guage and type of string, also does the inverse calculation when you type in other string parameters.

Nigel Gatherer's Scottish Music Pages tutorials, biographies and resources for the mandolin and the tin whistle; hints, tips for a Scottish Session and free mandolin tabulature.

Sample Mandolin Pieces Mandolin orchestra pieces page 1 & 2 plus Mandola and Mandocello pieces in PDF format arranged by Jeff Dearinger

ukulele mandolin banjo chords generator Over 1,000,000 chords in an easy to read format. Display or print a list of your favorite chords.

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Mandolin Tutors

A small list of mandolin tutors.  We are unable to recommend individual teachers but are happy to provide brief details and links where available.   Tutors are welcome to send details for inclusion.