Learn the Mando Fretboard

Learn the notes on the mandolin fretboard. Movable chords included to practice finding the root notes and playing movable chord shapes.
Building a Mandolin?
Read the archives from the CoMando Discussion List series. Some of the best builders in the mando world offer tips, techniques, and insight into building a mandolin.
Paul Binkley Remembered
Paul Binkley was a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in April of 2014 and passed away on November 12, 2014.

The Ragpicker String Band
Rich DelGrosso, Mary Flower, Martin Grosswendt

Rich DelGrosso has recently joined with guitarist Mary Flower and multi-instrumentalist Martin Grosswendt to form The Ragpicker String Band, earning steady streams of praise for their outstanding string skills. Combined, these three have earned nine Blues Music Award nominations and enjoyed rave press reviews and top festival slots all over the world. And they do strum, pick and bow up a storm on their debut album together as the Ragpicker String Band — but it's their tight trio harmonies that especially dazzle. The acoustic dream team summons the spirits of everyone from the Mississippi Sheiks and Blind Boy Fuller to Jim Kweskin and R. Crumb as their voices and fingers fly through the mists back to the golden prewar age of folk-blues.

Classics by the likes of the Mississippi Sheiks, Sleepy John Estes and Blind Willie Johnson — combined with new originals by Flower and DelGrosso — allow this virtuosically fearsome threesome to leaven their serious instrumental and vocal chops with social satire and mischievous humor. Just as Kweskin and Crumb filtered the songs and sounds of their prewar folk-blues heroes through their own modern sensibilities and considerable personalities, so do the Ragpicker String Band. Jump from a fabulously fretted, sublimely sung trip to the past like Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning to a laughing lament of modern times like Google Blues and you'll find out what an uncommonly fine stew of traditional and contemporary ingredients they've cooked up. They even season it with a delectable dose of jazz via a conspicuously piano-less romp through Thelonious Monk's standard Blue Monk.

Release Date: August 14, 2015


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Learn Movable Chords
Learn to play mando chords up and down the neck. See the Fretboard pages for learning the fretboard notes to find the root note for the movable chords.
Mando Scales

Learn mandolin scales in all keys. Includes the chord formula for chords.