This lesson covers the basics of playing old-time music on the mandolin. Study scales (D, G, and A), chords, pick techniques, and tunes from the traditional Appalachian repertoire. Learn to play melody, explore accompaniment and back-up skills, and get ready for a virtual jam! By the end of the week, you’ll be ready for some old-time pickin’.

Jim Miller


Jim Miller has been playing and teaching stringed instruments, including mandolin, for the past forty years. He has taught individual lessons at East Tennessee State University in the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music department as well as group lessons in an after school program for many years. He has also taught at week long music camps including Kentucky Music Week, Dulcimer U, John C Campbell Folk School, and The Swannanoa Gathering. 

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