Mandolin 1/2 - Spring '24


Class Level –

Class Tutor –

Class Location –

Macrobert Building, Aberdeen University

Class Price –

£ 95

Start Date - Wednesday,  

January 17, 2024

End Date - Wednesday,  

March 20, 2024

Term Length –

9 weeks

Session Times –

19:00 -

Mandolin 1/2

Wednesday 7pm-9pm

Spring '24

Join the fantastic Donald McPhee for this intermediate mandolin class. Suitable for those who have been playing for a while and want to improve technique and tune repertoire.

Donald played mandolin with Aberdeen-based Cannach in the 1990/2000s, performing sets of traditional and original music in venues throughout Scotland and beyond in various festivals and in studio sessions for radio and TV. They released ‘The Moons of Glenloy’ (KRL Lochshore) in 1997, and more recently ‘The Journey’ (2023) on Bandcamp (

In these Level 1/2 classes, we will work through 1 to 2 tunes per week, focussing on those which are suited to the development of playing techniques (including pick techniques, chord shapes in tune playing and how to emphasise rhythms in playing). We will work towards linking several tunes in sets suitable for playing at sessions.

SC&T are using our online platform Thinkific to support all our classes this term. Thinkific is an online platform where participants can sign up for the weekly classes and will find all supporting lesson material, recordings and music.

Price for the term is: £94.50 - this can be paid in one lump sum when you sign up, or in 3 monthly instalments - you can choose your preference when you sign up.

Levels Explained

What does level 1 2 3 mean?

These relate to the ability and level the class is aimed at:

0 = Complete beginner – no experience of your instrument.

1 = Beginner – Have only been playing for a short time.  

2 = Intermediate – Have been playing for a while and can play some tunes

3 = Advanced – Can play and learn tunes competently 

0/1, 1/2, 2/3 etc = Both levels are accommodated

No level indicated = This course is open to all levels but some experience is recommended.