Theme Time on Mandozine Radio
The Theme Time series presents various genres or themes. Choose the music you want to hear. These playlists are about two hours long, and you can listen on the Mandozine Radio Web site, or on 8tracks.
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.

Free Bluegrass Mandolin Workshop

Tom Bekeny will be giving a free Bluegrass mandolin workshop on Saturday Sept. 10 in Albany CA from 1:30-3:00. Topics will be driven by whatever interests and questions students bring to the group. Tom will be prepared to talk about a variety of issues raised by students, and content will be tailored content to accordingly. Typical areas of interest in the past have included questions about proper right and left hand technique/position, rhythm playing, improvisation, back-up, tremolo, tone production, how to construct a break, cross-picking, basic music theory, and mandolin set-up to name few. All playing levels are welcome.

The workshop will be offered in Albany at 930 Carmel Ave (near the corner of Marin Ave). Advanced sign-up is required. People can register by contacting Tom at or by calling (415) 860 2468. The workshop will be capped at the first 12 participants who reserve a space.

Mandolin Cafe News

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New Don Stiernberg Album!
At music festivals,jam sessions, parties, gigs,and hangs, there's a saying musicians use after a particularly satisying jam: "That's a Good Number!". Good Numbers, a new album by Don Stiernberg, with Andy Brown and Jim Cox is a collection of good numbers humbly submitted for your approval and enjoyment. Included are standards, jazz tunes, and one original.
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.