The Mandolin has been around for hundreds of years and can be found in countless countries playing every kind of music imaginable.
A mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick". It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison, although five and six course versions also exist
- From bluegrass to jazz,
- classical to rock,
The mandolin has made its way into every corner of the music spectrum. However, it is still a relatively unexplored musical instrument when compared to other instruments like the guitar, the piano, and the violin. That being said, the mandolin is growing in popularity and is becoming more accepted in a variety of musical genres.
Styles Of Mandolina
When someone thinks of the mandolin, there are a number of images that could come to mind. Some may think of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, and his legendary mandolin. Others may think of the round backed “taterbug” style mandolins that play classical and Italian music. Still others may think of an orchestra full of mandolins in various sizes and shapes
The bowl back mandolin, often referred to as a “taterbug” is one of the first models of mandolin, and was derived from the lute in Italy hundreds of years ago. These mandolins are unlike the mandolin commonly found in bluegrass, and are easily recognized by their round, “fluted” backs, pear shape, and oval hole.