The mandolin came into existence during the Italian baroque period, thanks to the work of great Italian lute makers. It became easily popular due to its small size, similar to the violins. Quite frequently, musicians play both instruments because their tuning is the same.
However, unlike the violin, the mandolin is not played with a bow. It possesses double chords, which furnish it with a natural chorus.
This small instrument has travelled the world over and has suffered transformations, depending on the music’s that were played on it. Notably, it landed in New York, with its large Italian community. Though, at some point, it had become unfashionable, it came back to life in the 19th century. Thanks to the transformations brought about by Orville Gibson, it became the landmark instrument of 20th century American music, even surpassing the guitar and the banjo.
It has also imposed itself, in different forms, in other countries, like Ireland and Brazil.
Since the mandolin is both a solo and a harmonic instrument, part of this course will be devoted to accompaniment, harmony and improvisation.
The idea is to give the student keys that will allow him/her to become autonomous, to master the repertoire he/she wishes to learn independently, to play with groups, to participate in jam sessions…