Mandolin Cafe is a free community for mandolin players interested in learning and sharing news about music in a discussion forum.

Members interact through a discussion forum made up of eight big categories. There are discussions on instruments and equipment, techniques and theory, music genres, and recent news, among others.

Additionally, the community has a global map with events and workshops around the world. If you click on each one, you will discover the name and date for each event. Members can also join social groups within the same platform.

For those willing to learn, there are different online libraries. These include chords, MP3 archives, tablatures, and more. In case you opt for taking lessons, there are also different courses on gospel music and mandolin. The news section is for sharing posts on the latest music news and trends. Lastly, members use the classifieds section to buy, sell, or swap instruments and music gear.

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  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 1995
  • Founders:

    Scott Tichenor

  • Amount of members: 62,400
  • Online Group: Yes
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • Method: In Person, Virtual


Access incredible resources:
By being a member of Mandolin Cafe, you access many different libraries. They include chords, tablatures, and MP3 archives. You can also get the latest music news and trends by participating in the community.

Participate in the forum:
The forum includes 8 big sections with different threads to discuss music theory, genres, techniques, and general mandolin questions with other mandolin players and music lovers worldwide.

Enjoy the classifieds section:
The Mandolin Cafe community has a classifieds section. This is for members to post their instruments, provide a general description and price, and sell or buy new music gear.




No requirements.


Learning Events

There is a section in the forum called "Jams, workshops, camps, and places to meet others". This thread is used by members to invite others to join them in diverse music events (which usually are in-person festivals or camps). Additionally, you can use the workshops section or the social groups' section to find other music events to join worldwide.

Networking Events

Members interact through the community's online discussion forum. It includes the following categories:

  • Instruments and Equipment
  • General Mandolin Topics
  • Technique, Theory, Playing Tips and Tricks
  • Song and Tune Projects
  • Music by Genre
  • Octaves, Zouks, Citterns, Tenors, and Electrics

As you can see, there are lots of topics addressed in Mandolin Cafe. It's indeed a fantastic place to find other mandolin players and music lovers from all over the world. Members use the group to ask questions, request advice, and share knowledge with each other.

Content Library

Through the "Learn/Listen" section members access different resources and libraries. First, there is a space for sharing all MP3 content. This library is full of songs with brief descriptions. The second is a tablature library which contains tablatures for over 15 music genres. A third library is for sharing chords. The last library is called "TablEdit" and is a tune database that has a well-structured search engine to find exactly what you are looking for.


Mandolin Cafe offers several lessons on demand. You wil find over a hundred diverse courses on mandolin, all of which are paid. The price varies according to length and topic. However, prices range between $16 and $40.


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