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Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons is $57. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $27 and $106 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$33 average
$65
45-min $24
 
$44 average
$81
60-min $27
 
$57 average
$106

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute mandolin lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute mandolin lessons are 23% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $33.

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Mandolin Lesson Reviews from Students

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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA
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John B.

Arlington, VA
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Jason J.

Valhalla, NY
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El Segundo, CA

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All styles - strumming, single note playing
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
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Kayla E. June 20, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
incredibly patient and open to what your interested in . highly recommend
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Leslie June 14, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
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Suzanne W. May 22, 2018
· Ukulele · Online

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Arlington, VA

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While studying the mandolin, you'll learn how to read music in standard notation, tablature form or both. You will also learn how to play various chords, scales rhythmic patterns and improvisation while implementing them into various styles of music including, Bluegrass, Country, Basso Nova. or Blues.

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Min April 21, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
John is a very good teacher. He figured out my learning ability and interest level quickly in the first lesson, and covers the material as much as I can handle In short 30 minute lessons. I leave each lesson with enough work to go over and practice in the coming week. He makes Ukulele learning fun and easy.
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Lisa C. April 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
John is an excellent teacher; he is able to adapt the way he teaches to your learning style and teaches theory and techniques through songs. He finds ways to develop the skills you are seeking and is always encouraging and (very!) patient. Finally, he keeps the lessons fun!
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Mary Beth H. February 19, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
John is a great teacher—very patient with me as a beginner in the classical guitar. I highly recommend him as a teacher!

About Jason J.

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Valhalla, NY

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Learn how to read for mandolin, how to play chop chords and more!

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John Aldrich July 30, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Great first lesson. Can't wait for more
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ralph H. July 21, 2014
· Classical Guitar · Online
Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommend Jason.
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Ernest S. March 11, 2014
· Classical Guitar ·
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My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.

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Steve G.

Deerfield Beach, FL
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Frankie P.

Salem, MA
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ
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I will teach you how to approach the mandolin as a rhythm instrument as well as a melodic instrument, and how to use chords and modes in your lead and rhythm playing in bluegrass as well as traditional styles.

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Ira U. June 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
terrrifc experience......Steve is a professional...gave me everything i had hoped for during lesson #1....looking forward to continuing and i anticipate positive results..
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Ronald C. February 5, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He very patience and he take the time to explain where you're having the problem. He a very nice guy and a great guitar player.
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Barry November 16, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Steve is bringing me along at a good pace that challenges me to improve each week. He is very patient and helpful in showing me how to achieve the right results on the mandolin, and makes each lesson enjoyable. I can hear the improvement in my playing each week.

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Salem, MA
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A fun, percussive instrument. I focus on chords and songs in addition to reading and understanding the fretboard.

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Steve J. June 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Excellent first lesson
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Lisa March 5, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Anetta June 10, 2017
· Piano ·
Frankie teaches the perfect mix of fun and serious technique! His care to make sure the student not only learns but understands why and what they are learning has me excited to stick with piano for the long haul! I can't wait to se what future lessons bring! :)

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North Brunswick, NJ

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It's all about Music Theory and Technique.

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Sean May 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great so far! Laid out a clear picture of where the voice needs to come from and basic ideas for practice.
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Brad April 28, 2018
· Singing · Online
James is an excellent voice teacher. He is very thorough in terms of explaining the concepts behind a proper singing voice (which is something I was missing in my approach to singing). Within just a few lessons with James, I had already gained a deeper understanding of how a singing voice should sound and feel as opposed to a normal speaking voice. He also takes the time to thoroughly answer any questions you may have as they come up during your lessons.
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Joe C. March 25, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Jimmy's been a great teacher and has made it exciting to learn music in general. I look forward to my future lessons with him.

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Mandolin Lessons

Do you want to learn how to play the mandolin? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private mandolin lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher near you or online accelerates progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every beginner's chances of becoming an expert player.

The mandolin has a distinct and sustained home in American bluegrass and country music made popular by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. This instrument features eight strings and can be played as a rhythm instrument or lead like a violin or guitar. However, while the mandolin is similar to these instruments it is most definitely a different instrument altogether. For example, the approach when playing the mandolin differs from what one would learn with the violin or the guitar. If you want to learn the correct technique in playing the mandolin, we suggest that you consider signing up for our mandolin lessons.

Our lessons can help shape your talent in playing this unique-sounding instrument. In addition, through your mandolin lessons you can learn more about its application in today’s music and receive a background in music theory for the mandolin. Your certified mandolin instructor will also teach you the basics including simple mandolin chord formations, how to tune a mandolin, how to pick the right mandolin for you, and how to read mandolin tabs. Intermediate and advanced students can learn mandolin arpeggios as well as other complex mandolin chords and techniques. So if you are looking for a total educational package for your mandolin study, enroll with us today for in-home, studio, or online classes.

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