Mandolins are eight to twelve stringed instruments in the lute family averaging about 69 cm in length. They feature courses of strings that are doubled in unison pitch. An eight stringed mandolin would have four courses of strings. The mandolin is played by fingering the fret board and strumming or plucking the strings with a plectrum or bare fingers.
Mandolins are found in many styles of music all over the world. A famous example of mandolin in popular music is Losing my Religion by R.E.M.
When you borrow a mandolin from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it. You will also receive a pick, a strap and a tuner.
An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the mandolin while you have it.
Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through our digital services:
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Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library