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…
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 …
I am now offering mandola and mandocello lessons at the studio in addition to mandolin. Mandola is the "viola" equivalent in the mandolin family of instruments. Mandocello is the "cello" equivalent.
Mandola players often read the Treble Clef, only an octave higher and with different fingering. Sometimes called the "Tenor Clef". Many mandola players also play viola and therefore read the standard viola "Alto Clef".
Mandocello players read the Bass Clef.
The fingering on both instruments is identical to the fingering on the bowed-string counterpart, so viola and cello players could switch over to the fretted versions quite easily. In fact, if you have a little guitar background, the transition is even easier as you will already have experience with frets and a pick.
To learn more about taking lessons, visit my website where you can check the schedule and contact me about lessons. Thank you! Adam Sweet
Since 1986, I have been working with a variety of musicians including solo/strolling violinists, harpists and singers; trios and quartets; chamber ensembles; rock and blues bands; and DJs.
I'm happy to answer any question you might have about planning music for your special day including ceremony music, cocktail hour, dinner music, reception/dance, soiree music as well as music for the various transitions in an event.
FWIW, I am located in Western Massachusetts, near Amherst College. Most of the weddings I work with are in New England, specifically Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut, although I have managed music for weddings in Maine and New York state.
To learn about the musicians and ensembles I can provide, as well as ask me any questions, feel free to call 413-224-8600 any time or use the contact box on the sidebar!