Beginner and intermediate tracks (MCN)

Mandolin Camp North beginner tracks

– Mandolin Novice/Beginner (N-B) with Lorraine Hammond

– Mandolin Beginner/Advancing Beginner (B-AB) with Tony Watt

Music camps can be intimidating for beginners — so many students, instructors, classes, topics. With this in mind, MCN offers “Beginner Tracks”: six sequential classes designed to provide a smaller, relaxed, carefully guided environment — a “home at camp”, a safe place to learn.

Participants in each series meet for five classes with a single instructor well versed in introducing the fundamentals, plus an additional class with a special guest instructor. The track descriptions below outline topics to be covered, but since the collective experience level will determine how quickly things will progress, we can’t predict the topic of any one session. You can join, rejoin, or leave the track at any time. But many beginners have found that the focus and continuity of the complete track offers you the most organized, user-friendly opportunity to jump start your mandolin affair. Bring a notepad and recording device.

Interested in a beginner track but not sure if it’s right for you? Come to the ‘Find Your Level’ session on Friday — time and room to be announced — and one of our instructors will sit down with you and help you figure out the right place to be.

These tracks will cover some of the following topics according to the individual teachers’ curriculum and time permitting:

  • How to hold the instrument and pick
  • Strings and tuning
  • Left- and right-hand technique
  • Chords, rhythm, and using the capo
  • Slurs: hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides
  • Applying the ideas listed above to common songs
  • Basic jamming skills