Ready to take your mandolin playing beyond chugging chords?
Learn the essential skills for joining jams and tackling new genres
Do you feel like your playing’s got stuck?
If you’re like most musicians, you’ll hit a plateau after playing for a while.
You probably learned the basic chords for some favorite songs. From there you get to grips with more advanced chords and maybe experiment with rhythms a bit.
But, it’s not so obvious where to go from there. You know that there’s plenty more to learn, but what to learn next and how to learn it can feel like a mystery.
It’s completely understandable. Music is a vast topic that can feel overwhelming, so having an experienced guide is highly recommended.
Go beyond the random mix of YouTube lessons
Don’t get me wrong, YouTube is a fantastic resource. I wish it had been around when I started learning all those years ago.
If you learned the basics from free videos, then that’s great.
But YouTube isn’t ideal for more advanced learning. Clicking on the AI’s next suggested video is fine, but you will miss fundamental concepts.
What you need instead is an intentional course, a set path that starts at the basics and helps you put the ideas together.
Introducing Tim’s Mando Lessons
I created this course to help mandolin players like you. It’s for players who can comfortably play but want to level up, or folks starting out who want to nail the basics.
The lessons are all about giving you a deeper understanding of the music and your instrument. You will learn how the chords, melody and rhythm all fit together to build a piece of music and how to think songs through.
With this knowledge, you will be better equipped to play new genres or improvise over songs.
Drawing on both my performance
and pedagogy expertise
I’m Tim Connell!
Thank you for checking out my Mando lessons.
I have been playing and teaching Mandolin for over 25 years, it truly is my life’s work. I have played with like Marshall, David Grisman, Radim Zenkl and many other great musicians. Mandolin has taken me all over the world, from giant folk festivals here in the US to intimate gigs in Warsaw.
As well as playing great gigs, I have always been passionate about teaching.
Having taught many musicians individually, I’m now taking my teaching online. I’m excited to help mandolin lovers from around the world master this fantastic instrument.
I have a Masters degree in Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music. So as well as being an experienced musician, I have spent countless hours studying music pedagogy (i.e, approaches to teaching).
That background means that this course isn’t a jumbled collection of song instructions. It draws on all my teaching skills to methodically build up your knowledge and skills.
It’s like going from Ikea assembly
to master carpentry
You’ve reached a point where you actually need to know more about how music functions
Chunking out some simple chords is like assembling Ikea furniture. You go along with the basic instructions so that with a bit of fiddling and cursing, you get something like what you saw in the store
Improvising your own chords or melody is more like using carpentry to come up with your own ideas. You need to understand how wood behaves, when to use different joints, how to combine ideas and lots more in order to form your own creations.
“Music theory” might sound like some dry or intimidating topic. But really, it’s a similar challenge of learning how different pieces fit together.
3 core modules:
Rhythm, Melody and Chords
The course will take you through three core areas. You will learn each one step by step, gradually building up knowledge while learning custom pieces to practice the new skills.
- If you want to play with other people, then you have to become a human metronome. Module one is all playing essential rhythms while getting your right hand good and solid.
- You’ll learn how to navigate the fretboard and how to translate written music into fingerings by learning to play simple melodies.
- Improvising requires you to know what your options are. You will learn about concepts such as which chords fit in a key, using different arpeggios and how to stop relying on charts.
Each module is made up of 5 - 10 videos, with corresponding exercises, songs and sheet music.
Hear from happy students
Kelly M., Seattle, WA
Amanda Schrader, Manchester, NH
Steve Tufte, Portland, OR
➤ [Note: this course isn’t a shortcut]
If you’re looking for a shortcut to becoming the next Chris Thile in a few weeks, then I’m afraid I can’t help. The truth is it takes time.
But the good news is you will make progress if you’re patient. You won’t become an instant virtuoso, but you will feel your knowledge steadily expanding. The aim is to enjoy the journey, take satisfaction in each skill that you master.
Learn songs in a range of genres.
Once you have mastered the core modules you can try out new genres. You will find songs in genres including:
▶ Brazilian choro
▶ Irish folk
▶ Classic rock
▶ Chord melodies
You’ll start by hearing a demo of the song. You will then learn any new techniques or theory required, which you’ll use to learn a simplified then more complex way to play each song.
Get personal feedback on your playing
Learning from videos is great, but I know there will be times where a concept’s not quite clicking or you can’t get your fingers around a sequence.
But with my mando course you will never be left alone scratching your head. As a member, you will get
▶ A complimentary 20min welcome lesson
▶ A seat at the weekly live Q&A
▶ Access to the community board
▶ Discounted private lessons
1-to-1 welcome lesson to get you started
I will give you direct feedback on your playing, answer any questions and give you manageable goals and a clear roadmap for your mandolin practice.
Weekly live group Q&A class
We have a weekly live class on Zoom and all members are welcome to join. In these sessions we might look at a song, discuss a particular skill or have an open Q&A.
It is a chance to ask extra questions, get clarification on areas you’re unsure of, play and get feedback or just enjoy discussing mandolin with other enthusiastic folks.
It has been so satisfying to foster a community of keen students.
Our community board is where people ask and answer questions throughout the week. Members can post up requests which will be answered by other students or myself.
If your friends or partner are tired of hearing you talk about mandolin, then this is a perfect place to share your enthusiasm with people who will appreciate it.
Discounted private lessons
You can book a 30 or 60 minute private lesson with me any time at a discounted member’s rate.
We can use the time to discuss the course material, advanced techniques or anything else you’d like help with. It is fantastic for leveling up your playing, so I can help you nail any techniques or concepts that you have been working on.
Each lesson is over Zoom and you receive a recording of the lesson for future reference at the end.
What you’ll get (a summary)
▶ Unlimited access to the course
A guided approach, taking you through learning mandolin one step at a time.
▶ 3 fundamental modules
The three fundamentals that serve as the basis for learning any new song.
▶ 7 genre modules
Expand your playing into new areas with lessons on genre-specific songs.
▶ Free welcome 1-to-1 lesson
A 20-minute lesson to get to know each other and help you start this journey.
▶ Weekly live Q&A
A weekly video hangout for any student to ask questions or for feedback.
▶ Community board
Post up any questions to get help from me or your fellow students.
▶ Discounted private classes
Book in private lessons with me at a discounted member’s rate.
100% satisfaction guarantee!
If you decide that membership at Tim's Mando Lessons is not for you, just email me within 30 days of purchase and I guarantee you I will refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does access to all of the courses work?
How will I know where I should start?
Do I have to know how to play already?
Is Tim's Mando Lessons just for Bluegrass mandolinists?
Can I move at my own pace?
Does the membership give me access to all future courses?
How much time do I need to practice each day, each week?
How will players of different levels use the course?
What if I don't like it - can I get my money back?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Teach Your Mando to Sing!
At Tim’s Mando Lessons, we’ll teach your mandolin how to sing! You’ll learn right hand phrasing directly from me on the videos.
And are you familiar with these expressive techniques?
⦿ Palm Muting
Maybe not, but chances are you love hearing them used by your favorite mandolin players! I’ve made detailed video lessons for each of these techniques so you can add spice to your playing.
"I've always wanted to learn to read music,
but keep putting it off."
⚫ Are you addicted to mandolin tablature (TABS)?
⚫ Have you always wanted to learn to read standard notation?
⚫ Do you still not know all of the note names on your mandolin?
⚫ Is a lack of music theory and notation knowledge slowing your progress?
Reading music notation is an essential tool to fully understand music. Mandolin “tablature” (or “TAB”) has enabled many mandolin students to learn a lot of songs, but without necessarily understanding music itself.
My method features dedicated sight-reading video lessons divided into two areas: rhythm and melody.
Each melody lesson will introduce only a few new notes at a time. This means you’ll be able to digest each new skill and be ready for the next one. You will quickly learn to translate notes on the staff to your mandolin.
The specialized rhythm lesson videos help you internalize the new rhythms - by playing each new rhythm along with me! You'll learn songs from standard music notation right away. You'll learn about music theory in every lesson. And you'll finally end your addiction to mandolin tablature!
Tim's Mando Lessons offers you
I know it can be hard to decide what to actually do when you sit down to practice. Sometimes this even stops us from starting. Often we end up just playing through songs we know from top to bottom, moving on without actually improving.
Every lesson offers the student a clear to-do list for the week.
⚫ Lesson Video with Tim
⚫ Printable PDF Sheet music and tablature
⚫ Right Hand Technique Focus
⚫ Music Theory Focus
⚫ “Practice-Along with Tim" Video
⚫ Makes knowing what to practice a breeze!