New studio location

We have moved to a new studio location.The new address is 4 Spen Square Way, Suite 130 Holyoke Mass old 1040We have new hours available as well including Friday from 5 p.m. Until 9The folk group has one slot open if you would like to join the folk group please do so now as it is filling up quickly.The mandolin for beginners group has openings for four more mandolin beginners if you would like to join this group please use the contact form on the sidebar.The advanced mandolin group has openings for at least two more players and we are specifically looking for cello players that would like to learn how to play mandocello. If you are a cello player and would like to learn how to play mandocello Mr Adam Sweetweet will give you a free mandocello lesson to get you started.

Open private lessons slots

I have the following open private lessons slots during the week:Tuesday 8-9pm
Thursday (every other) 8-9pmThere are also 6 openings for the mandolin for beginners group class which meets on Wednesdays at 7, and for openings for the folk music group class which meets every other Thursday at 8 p.m.

Mandolin Orchestra

The South Hadley mandolin Orchestra will be rehearsing Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the center Church in South. If you need an address or other information about the orchestra the rehearsal joining the orchestra or becoming a supporting member please use the contact form on the sidebar and thank you very much.

South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra / Advanced Mandolin Group Class

The Advanced Mandolin Group Class forms the core of the South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra.  
The class meets Monday nights from 7-9pm at Center Church (1 Church St, South Hadley, MA 01075) currently.
There is no cost to join the orchestra.  You may come to any rehearsals you like.
If you would like to register for the Advanced Mandolin Group Class, or find out more about the Orchestra use the Contact page on the sidebar.
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How to contact Adam Sweet

The best way to contact Adam Sweet is by using the contact form on this page.

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What does it take to learn to play the mandolin?

I've been teaching mandolin since I graduated from Hampshire College in 1985.  I teach all ages and all styles.

One of my earliest students was DJ and radio personality "Johnny Memphis".  At the time, he was playing celtic music and wanted to be able to play the mandolin to compliment the sounds of his band, and he wanted an instrument that he could play and sing at the same time.

The first thing you have to learn is how to hold the instrument.  Of course a good strap will keep the instrument from falling to the floor, but you'll need to understand how to position it so that your right arm and hand is in the right place for picking the notes, AND for playing rhythm and chords.

Next, you need to learn the best way to hold the pick for picking out melodies, and for chording.

In the same hour, you will learn how to hold the neck of the instrument, where to place the fingers of your left hand, and how to position your left arm, elbow and wrist for the most advantageou…

5.7.17: River Roll and Stroll on the Rt. 116 Bridge

Holy S.Had! Take to the street and come together on the bridge that connects Holyoke and South Hadley for a vehicle-free, care-free Sunday celebration and experience the Connecticut River in a whole new way! The Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic for this free, open streets event featuring music, art, activities, food, and fun for all ages. Free admission; rain or shine. An ‘open streets’ event presented by the Bike/Walk Committees of the City of Holyoke and the Town of South Hadley, with support from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT); MassBike; and the Cultural Councils of South Hadley and Holyoke, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Event sponsors include E-Ink, Holyoke Medical Center, Republic Services, Mount Holyoke College, Big Y, PeoplesBank, Conklin Office Furniture, and Holyoke Youth Soccer League. Adam Sweet's Mandolin Project will be performing works of Mozart and Bach at …