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Mandolin, mandola, mandocello lessons!

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
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Accepting New Students: 2017

Sweet Music Studio has partnered with South Hadley Music to provide private and group music lessons at the First Congregational Church in South Hadley, MA.

Check the available slots below then use the contact form or call 413-224-8600 to find out more

Lesson slots are available according to the following schedule:

Mondays

5-6pm Available6-7pm NA7-8pm NA8-9pm NA

Tuesdays

5-6pm Available6-7pm NA7-8pm NA8-9pm Available

Thursdays

5-6pm Available6-7pm NA7-8pm NA8-9pm Available

Additional Slots Are Available Online With Google Hangouts.  All you need is a webcam and microphone.

Instruments Offered:

Violin: Suzuki, ClassicalFiddle styles: bluegrass, old time, celtic, Irish, jazz, blues, swing, improvisationViola: Classical, improvisationMandolin: any styleMandola: any style

I Manage Music for Weddings

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!

I buy mandolins! Any condition.

I buy mandolins, mandolas and mandocellos.

If you or someone you know has an old (or new) mandolin kicking around the place that nobody wants, send me some pictures of the front, sides and back, details of the scroll, endpin and any damage.  If you know the provenance of the instrument (where it was made, the brand, serial number), include that information.  If you don't know anything about it, that's fine also.

Why do I buy mandolins?

I am the founder and director of the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit dedicated to providing educational performances and events throughout the Metro Springfield area.  I offer a program for beginners called "Play to Own", where people that would like to join the orchestra may borrow a mandolin, mandola or mandocello, and come to rehearsals and mandolin lessons.  At the end of the year if they are still playing, they may purchase it at my cost!  Learn about the orchestra here: http://mandolinorchestra.org 

Learning to play the mandolin is fun and profitable!

The mandolin is one of the most accessible instruments to learn.  Because of the frets, all of the notes are laid out for the player visually, making it super easy to know where to put your fingers.  The instrument is very light, so it is suitable for even the smallest of adults or teenagers.  Because it's tuned in fifths, it is easy to learn scales, arpeggios, and chords - the building blocks of all music!

You should learn to play the mandolin today!  To find out how visit my website:


Folk Song and Music in Québec: A Brief Introduction

by Stephen D. Winick, Ph.D. On his first trip to the New World, in 1534, explorer Jacques Cartier found a rich land inhabited by Huron and Iroquois Indians. He promptly claimed it for France. Cartier gave the name “Canada” (from an Iroquois word for “town”) to the area around the Iroquois village of Stadacona, on the banks of the St. Lawrence river. In 1608, the first permanent French colonists established Québec city in the same location, bringing their songs and music with them.
Early immigrants to Québec came from all over France, but especially from several provinces in the north and west: Normandy, Picardy, Anjou, Poitou, and Brittany. Not surprisingly, many of the traditional French songs we now find in Québec are common in those provinces as well. “Dans les prisons de Nantes,” for example, is set in Nantes, an important city that was historically the capital of Brittany. Located at the confluence of the Loire, the Sevre, and the Erdre, Nantes might be remembered fondly by Frenc…

Mandolin Group Concerts & Class Information

There are several mandolin group concerts coming up.  These concerts are free to all!  Donations are gladly accepted.

The concert dates are as follows:


October 1, 2016 - Soldier's Home in Holyoke, MA.  2pm-3pmOctober 8, 2016 - Porter Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley, MA. 2-3pmNovember 12, 2016 - The Arbors - Amherst, MA 2-3pmFebruary 12, 2016 - The Loomis Community - South Hadley, MA 2-3pm If you would like to participate in the Mandolin Group, classes meet currently Monday nights from 7-9pm in South Hadley, MA.  PM Adam Sweet for an address if you would like to attend.
Each class meets for two hours.  Sheet music, books and other study materials are provided by the instructor. The class is open to any and all levels of mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass, regardless of experience.  
The cost of the class is only $125 a month!  If you buy 12 classes in advance, you may take 10% off the total cost, a $150 value.