AMS Music Centre are pleased to provide expert tuition on the Mandolin.
A mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or “pick”. It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison (8 strings), although five (10 strings) and six (12 strings) course versions also exist. There are many styles of mandolin, but three are common, the Neapolitan or round-backed mandolin, the carved-topmandolin and the flat-backed mandolin. Mandolins are common in European classical and traditional music or in American folk and bluegrass music.
Fun facts about mandolin:
- Vivaldi created some concertos for mandolinos and orchestra
- Beethoven composed mandolin music and enjoyed playing the mandolin
- The opera Don Giovanni by Mozart (1787) includes mandolin parts