Mandolin Facts – Shop for Mandolins and Accessories

Mandolin Facts

Mandolin Facts

A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family. It’s usually plucked with a plectrum or pick. Mandolins evolved in Italy and first appeared during the 15th century. The instrument was similar to the traditional Russian balalaika, the Greek bouzouki, the Puerto Rican cuatro, the Brazilian bandolim, and the Arab dambura. Deep-bowled mandolins were produced mainly in Naples, and became popular during the 19th century.

The mandolin’s sound is popular in many types of music, including bluegrass, country, folk, rock, ethnic, jazz, and classical. Beethoven composed music specifically for the instrument, and also enjoyed playing.

The instrument is versatile, accessible, and relative easy to learn. It’s an excellent introduction to the world of music, as those playing skills can translate easily to many other folk instruments.

More Mandolin Facts

Fun Fact
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a mandolinist.

Notable mandolinists include Carlo Aonzo, Dave Apollon, Avi Avital, Jethro Burns, Jacob do Bandolim, Ry Cooder, David Grisman, Caterina Lichtenberg, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Mike Marshall, Bill Monroe, James ‘Yank’ Rachell, Johnny Staats, Andy Statman, Adam Steffey, and Chris Thile.

The Mandolin

French Impressionist Artist Berthe Morisot (1889)
High Quality Poster Art Print

The Mandolin by Berthe MorisotThe Mandolin by Berthe Morisot

Listen to the Mandolin

Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra

The sights and sounds of Venice, Italy come to life in an homage to the beloved Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Joined by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, mandolinist and composer Avi Avital performs Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto In C Major from his album Vivaldi. The young musician is well known for his renditions of Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other string instruments.

We Love Mandolins

Looking for more mandolin facts? Here are some of our favorite pages about mandolins for you to enjoy:

Business Cards for Performers and Teachers
Left-Hand Chord Charts

Shop for the Best Music Gifts

Mandolin Facts

Click Here to See More Music Gift Ideas

Find a Mandolin

Johnson Mandolin A-Style with F Holes Sunburst

Product details:

  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable compensated rosewood bridge
  • 12th-fret neck joint
  • Chrome tuning machines
  • Nickel-plated frets
  • High-gloss finish
  • F holes

Johnson Mandolin A-Style with F Holes SunburstJohnson Mandolin A-Style with F Holes Sunburst

Shop for Mandolins and Accessories

Mandolin Deals Online

Keep an eye on this automatically updating gallery of mandolins and accessories available on eBay. Look for deals on all kinds of string instruments including mandolins.

Explore String Kings Music

Mandolin FactsMandolin FactsMandolin Facts

1 comment for “Mandolin Facts – Shop for Mandolins and Accessories

  1. Pingback: mandolin gifts

Comments are closed.