Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Parts of the Mandolin

    • Extra Stuff

    • Action - Intonation

    • Strings - Picks

    • Tuning the Mandolin

  2. 2
    • Pitch

    • Melody and Harmony - mandolin

    • How Pitch Works

    • Patterns - Technique

  3. 3
    • Boil ‘Em Cabbage Down

    • Boil - play along

    • Boil 'em Cabbage Down

    • Twinkle

    • Twinkle - play along

    • Twinkle, Twinkle Chart

    • Are You Sleeping - mandolin

    • Are You Sleeping - play along

    • Are You Sleeping Chart

  4. 4
    • Skip To My Lou - mandolin chords

    • Skip to my Lou - play along

    • Skip To My Lou Chart

    • Hobo’s Lullaby - mandolin chords

    • Hobo’s Lullaby - play along

    • Hobo's Lullaby Chart

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Guitar & Mandolin Instructor

John Holenko

John Holenko received degrees in Classical Guitar performance from the New England Conservatory, and the University of Southern California. John Holenko has performed on classical guitar, steel-string guitar, mandolin, and historic instruments throughout the United States and in Europe with the early music group Sonus, The Hungry Monks, an eclectic, acoustic ensemble that plays a wide variety of traditional and original music, and with Porto Seguro, an ensemble playing Brazilian chorus and bossa nova. John has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Spoleto Orchestra. Mr. Holenko is very active in music education through his teaching studio Hungry Monk Music, American Music Systems, residencies through the South Carolina Arts Commission, Charlotte Children’s Theatre in Charlotte, NC, and at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in Ohio, where he has also been Artist-in Residence. John has made a number of recordings including a solo guitar recording, three Hungry Monks recordings, and guest appearances on several other artists recordings. Mr. Holenko has published several editions with Mel Bay Publications.