December 2, 2012 by shockboxtv
I’ve loved hearing mandolins in music since Jimmy Page played one in “The Battle of Evermore” back on the Untitled 4 Symbols Led Zep album. Of course, mandolins were around in music for a few years before that, if someone were to believe the Internet. Those cool little mini guitars have 8 strings– 4 pairs of 2 adjacent strings that are doubled, that is, tuned to the same pitch. Here’s a list of rock/mainstream songs that have mandolins in them. Looks like you can get one online starting at $50, so almost anyone can make the investment to try it. I got a Learn-The-Mandolin Kit one Christmas with a mandolin, case, extra strings and tuner for $80 a couple years ago. I’d love to see some cool pictures of mandolins if you got ’em! Here’s a link to a lesson on how to play “Battle of Evermore” on the mandolin, but I also like this video of a young guy rockin out and playing the song.