Watch the What is a Mandolin? online guitar lesson by Marcy Marxer from Mandolin for Guitar Players

The mandolin is a relative of the violin. It’s tuned in 5ths, the same way as a violin or fiddle. G, D, A, E. Playing the mandolin can give guitar players greater strength and flexibility of both the right and left hands. Why the double strings? That was probably originally done to make the instrument louder. That’s really just my guess. It may have been developed back in 2,000 BC to give the Mesopotamian musicians an early glimpse of Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. We do know that the Mandola came first. The word mandolin or mandoline as it was first used in Italy means “Little Mandola”.