From the Italian strains of the Godfather theme to Bill Monroe’s classic bluegrass, to the mighty John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, to the progressive playing of Chris Thile, the mandolin truly defies category.
The mandolin is a featured instrument used in folk, bluegrass, Celtic and even rock music. The most common tuning of the mandolin by far – is the same as a violin tuning. Many violinists double on the mandolin because of this fact. Guitarists will also find that mandolin rhythm skills complement their existing technique.