Beginners Mandolin

Not currently running. If you would be interested in taking this course, please contact Coda.

Beginners Mandolin (adults 16+)
Six week course
10 – 11am
at Coda Music Centre (Room MT1) 

Following the half term break, we are launching a brand new six-week Beginners Mandolin course.

This course, led by Chris Hopgood, will introduce you to the Mandolin: starting with the parts of the instrument, tuning and basic technique through to learning your first set of chords and scales.

At the end of the course you will have a book of 5 songs and tunes to play, along with access to audio examples of all the music covered.

You don’t even need to own a mandolin!

If you would like to borrow one of The Folk Orc stock mandolins for the course, then let us know when you book and we will arrange for a mandolin to be available for you for the sessions.

Should you wish to borrow a mandolin and take it home between lessons for the duration of the course, we will require an upfront payment of £90 (separate to the course fee) of which £60 is a deposit that will be returned at the end of the course with the safe return of the mandolin.

Outline of the course:

Lesson 1: Introduction and First Steps
Chords: G, C & D
Scale: G Major
Song/Tune: New York Girls, Can’t You Dance The Polka

Lesson 2:
Chords: Em, C & D
Scale: G Major
Song/Tune: Blackleg Miner

Lesson 3: Picking a Rhythm
Chords: D, G & A
Scale: D Major
Song/Tune: Over The Hills and Far Away

Lesson 4: Tune Playing
Chords: D, G & A
Scale: D Major
Song/Tune: Rodneys Tankard

Lesson 5: Riffs and minor keys
Chords: Dm, F & C
Scale: C Major
Song/Tune: Turpin Hero

Lesson 6: Overview and Recap
Chords: A, C, D, Dm, Em, F & G
Scale: C, G & D Major
Song/Tune: All

Beginners Mandolin is a six week course and costs £60.

Sessions will take place on Fridays, starting Friday 1st March (to Friday 5th April) from 10-11am at Coda Music Centre (Room MT1)

Places are limited and only confirmed once payment for the course has been made. Please let us know if you would like to borrow a mandolin either just for the sessions or to take home for the duration of the course (£30+£60 deposit).

If you would like to book onto this Beginners Mandolin course, please contact Coda on 01425 276161 or email

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