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Beginners Mandolin Class


I teach an adult evening class in Beginners Mandolin with ALP Scots Music Group in Edinburgh (Boroughmuir School - map). Whether participants have played before or not, I will be treating everyone as if they're picking up an instrument for the first time; it's the only way to be fair to all class members.

During the course we'll be learning the techniques necessary to playing the mandolin, building up a repertoire of tunes, and learning about mandolin music from around the world.

Below is the schedule for the course up to this time. If you have any further questions, please ask (email me).

Last updated: 18th April 2005 Term A | Term B | Term C

Lesson Date Techniques Tunes
A1 14/9 Introductions/1st steps  
A2 21/9 First tune First of October
A3 28/9 Scales Over the Sea to Skye
A4 5/10   Boys of the Town
A5 12/10 Song air & Polka The Barnyards of Delgaty
Egan's Polka
-- 19/10 Holiday - no class
A6 26/10 Learning by ear Cawdor Fair
A7 2/11 New tune Bonnie Tammie Scolla
A8 9/11 Runs and steps The Rakes of Mallow
A9 16/11 Strathspeys Comin' Thro' the Rye
A10 22/6 Stramash: The Rakes of Mallow
B1 11/1 Jigs Fear a Bhois Fada Gun Posadh
B2 18/1 Marches Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie
B3 25/1 American music: old-time Old Joe Clark
B4   Jigs Ye Banks and Braes
B5   Reels
B6   Shetland reels Donald Blue
B7   American music: Bluegrass Fire On the Mountain
B8   Marches again Memories of Fr Angus
B9   Rehearsal  
B10   Stramash: Short Coated Mary
C1   Recap:
New tune:
Fear a Bhois Fada Gun Posadh
Star of the County Down
C2   Irish music: polkas I'll Tell Me Ma
C3   Irish music: airs Planxty Irwin
C4   Scottish airs Farewell to Whisky
C5   Chords Johnny McIljohn's #1


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