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New studio location

We have moved to a new studio location!
The new address is 4 Open Square Way, Suite 130 Holyoke Mass old 1040
We have new hours available as well including Friday from 5 p.m. Until 9
The folk group has one slot open if you would like to join the folk group please do so now as it is filling up quickly.
The mandolin for beginners group has openings for four more mandolin beginners if you would like to join this group please use the contact form on the sidebar.
The advanced mandolin group has openings for at least two more players and we are specifically looking for cello players that would like to learn how to play mandocello. If you are a cello player and would like to learn how to play mandocello Mr Adam Sweet will give you a free mandocello lesson to get you started.

Mandolin Orchestra

The Mandolin Orchestra rehearses once a month at the studio
4 Open Square Way Holyoke, MA 01040
Please RSVP if you plan on attending so that we know how many chairs to set out.

South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra / Advanced Mandolin Group Class

The Advanced Mandolin Group Class forms the core of the South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra. 

The class meets Monday nights from 7-9pm the studio:

4 Open Square Way
Holyoke, MA 01040

There is no cost to join the orchestra.  You may come to any rehearsals you like.
If you would like to register for the Advanced Mandolin Group Class, or find out more about the Orchestra use the Contact page on the sidebar.
Thank you!

What does it take to learn to play the mandolin?

I've been teaching mandolin since I graduated from Hampshire College in 1985.  I teach all ages and all styles.

One of my earliest students was DJ and radio personality "Johnny Memphis".  At the time, he was playing celtic music and wanted to be able to play the mandolin to compliment the sounds of his band, and he wanted an instrument that he could play and sing at the same time.

The first thing you have to learn is how to hold the instrument.  Of course a good strap will keep the instrument from falling to the floor, but you'll need to understand how to position it so that your right arm and hand is in the right place for picking the notes, AND for playing rhythm and chords.

Next, you need to learn the best way to hold the pick for picking out melodies, and for chording.

In the same hour, you will learn how to hold the neck of the instrument, where to place the fingers of your left hand, and how to position your left arm, elbow and wrist for the most advantageou…

5.7.17: River Roll and Stroll on the Rt. 116 Bridge

Holy S.Had! Take to the street and come together on the bridge that connects Holyoke and South Hadley for a vehicle-free, care-free Sunday celebration and experience the Connecticut River in a whole new way! The Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic for this free, open streets event featuring music, art, activities, food, and fun for all ages. Free admission; rain or shine. An ‘open streets’ event presented by the Bike/Walk Committees of the City of Holyoke and the Town of South Hadley, with support from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT); MassBike; and the Cultural Councils of South Hadley and Holyoke, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Event sponsors include E-Ink, Holyoke Medical Center, Republic Services, Mount Holyoke College, Big Y, PeoplesBank, Conklin Office Furniture, and Holyoke Youth Soccer League. Adam Sweet's Mandolin Project will be performing works of Mozart and Bach at …

Mandolin concerts coming up

Adam Sweet's Mandolin Project will be performing on Sunday, May 7th at the River Roll and Stroll in South Hadley Falls.

The festival will start at 9 and go until late in the afternoon.  The mandolin project will play Bach and Mozart in the morning, and Schubert in the afternoon.

For more information about that, or to register to take mandolin lessons, visit http://mandolinorchestra.org



Mandolin, mandola, mandocello lessons!

I am now offering mandola and mandocello lessons at the studio in addition to mandolin.  Mandola is the "viola" equivalent in the mandolin family of instruments.  Mandocello is the "cello" equivalent.

Mandola players often read the Treble Clef, only an octave higher and with different fingering.  Sometimes called the "Tenor Clef".  Many mandola players also play viola and therefore read the standard viola "Alto Clef".

Mandocello players read the Bass Clef.

The fingering on both instruments is identical to the fingering on the bowed-string counterpart, so viola and cello players could switch over to the fretted versions quite easily.  In fact, if you have a little guitar background, the transition is even easier as you will already have experience with frets and a pick.

To learn more about taking lessons, visit my website where you can check the schedule and contact me about lessons.  Thank you!  Adam Sweet