Ancient Music

The Mandolin Family

       The mandolin family is characterized by their having four notes, tuned in fifths, with each note represented by groups of two or more strings called courses. In the classic mandolin these are the same four notes as the violin (EADG).
       The mandolins pictured (from left to right) are a Banjo Mandolin, a 12-string Mandolin, a Flat-back Mandolin, a Tater-bug or Bowl-back Mandolin, an early French Courting Mandolin (sometimes called a Tear-drop Mandolin), and an modern Octave Mandolin
    The Octave mandolin and what is now called the Irish Bouzouki (longer necked) are tuned an octave lower. Click on the picture for more details.

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