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Mandolin

    Mandolins are eight to twelve stringed instruments in the lute family averaging about 69 cm in length. They feature courses of strings that are doubled in unison pitch. An eight stringed mandolin would have four courses of strings. The mandolin is played by fingering the fret board and strumming or plucking the strings with a plectrum or bare fingers.

    Mandolins are found in many styles of music all over the world. A famous example of mandolin in popular music is Losing my Religion by R.E.M.

    When you borrow a mandolin from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it. You will also receive a pick, a strap and a tuner.

    An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the mandolin while you have it.

    Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through Artist Works for Libraries.

    Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library

    Learn Mandolin

    FAQs

    We have a variety of stringed instruments such as acoustic guitars (nylon-stringed and steel-stringed in vario...
    You'll need a valid Regina Public Library account in good standing with less than $10 owing in outstanding fin...
    No. Instruments are only available to Regina Public Library cardholders. They cannot be checked out with Commu...
    You can borrow an instrument by yourself! Just be sure to bring your library card (or digital barcode in our a...
    You can borrow one instrument at a time.
    The loan period for instruments is 21 days.
    If no one has requested that instrument, you can renew for an additional 21 days. There is a limit of two rene...
    Yes, but there is a limit of only one instrument hold per card at any given time.
    Instruments are kept at Central Library and Sherwood Village Branch. If you know which instrument you want to ...
    You'll have seven days to pick up your instrument after it becomes available for pick-up. The person that plac...
    There are books and DVDs in the library collection that can help you learn to play the instrument. Our Lynda&n...
    Instruments must be returned to the location you borrowed them from during open hours.
    A late fee of $1 per day will be added to your library account, up to $42.
    As with other library materials borrowed, you are responsible for musical instruments borrowed on your card an...
    We welcome donations of gently used stringed instruments, keyboards, and light percussion.
    We cannot accept wind instruments or pianos.
    If you'd like to donate an instrument, you can bring it to Long and McQuade (1445 McIntyre Street) or Central ...
    As with other donations to Regina Public Library, the library reserves the right to decide on the disposition ...
    No. Charitable tax receipts will not be provided for donated instruments.
    Videos
    Tutorials

    • Mandolin Lessons (Lynda course free with your library card)

    • JazzMando (lessons to take you beyond folk and world music)

    • MandoLessons (introductory, beginner and intermediate lessons)

    • Bradley Laird (video lessons, podcasts and chord charts)

    • Don Julin (lessons with Don Julin on Youtube)

    Helpful Links

    • Mandolin Cafe (forum, chords, tabs, lessons and more)

    • MandoTabs (mandolin tabs for popular songs)

    Helpful Apps

    • Guitar Tuna (Google Play) (tuner)

    • Guitar Tuna  (iTunes) (tuner)

    • Basichords (Google Play) (finger positions and chords)

    • Basichords (iTunes) (finger positions and chords)