Mandolin – Beginner I 

Instructor: Andy Thacker

Level: Beginner

Age: Teens & Adults

Price: $106 for 4 weeks

June Mini-Session: Mondays, 6/1/20 – 6/22/20

July Mini-Session: Mondays, 7/6/20 - 7/27/20

August Mini-Session: Monday, 8/3/20 - 8/24/20

6pm – 6:55pm

Classes will be held online via Zoom.

Description: This introductory is perfect for first time mandolin players! Students will be taught foundational skills in technique, learn their first tunes, and be immersed in the culture of traditional music by learning to play with others in a fun, and positive environment. A few times throughout the semester, this class will join other beginner classes to hone group playing skills such as chopping and playing with accompaniment.

Prerequisite: None! This class will be starting students from scratch. Folks with a little prior experience but with only a tune or two under their belt may join this class as well.

What you will learn:

  • Tunes: Boil ‘em Cabbage Down, Cripple Creek, Long Journey Home (other material may also be used)
  • Technique: Holding the mandolin, pick grip, simple alternating picking, open chords
  • Group playing skills: Playing with back-up, chopping, strumming open chords, 

What students will need:

  • Functional mandolin (bridge and all 8 strings intact, all tuners in working order)
  • Pick
  • Tuner
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Recording device optional

Next Level: Mandolin – Beginner II

If paying in full doesn’t work for your budget, you can pay in monthly installments. Pay for your first month below, and we’ll send an invoice for the remaining payments.


Andy Thacker


Andy is an accomplished and flexible strings musician. He has played the mandolin in a variety of different musical styles from traditional Bluegrass and Old Time to Jazz and Rock. Andy has performed with Love Canon, Walker’s Run, Irish guitarist Ryan McGiver, and in many other lineups over the years. Andy understands the musical roots of the mandolin, but challenges the instrument in a wide range of genres. He also likes beer, beaches, and delicious foods.

Select a pricing plan and sign up

$106

June Mini-Session

$106

July Mini-Session

$106

August Mini-Session