The First 15 Lessons series provides a step-by-step lesson plan for the absolute beginner, complete with audio tracks, video lessons, and real songs! Designed for self-teaching or for use with an instructor, you'll build a solid foundation as you work through each lesson, learning the basics of the instrument and music reading while practicing the many exercises, concepts and song excerpts within. Must-know instruction so you can start playing right away, with a free online tuner and metronome! This mandolin book features video and print lessons by world-renowned author Fred Sokolow on: mandolin fundamentals; music reading; tuning; chords; scales & basic theory; strumming; arpeggios; double stops; moveable chop chords; sawing & tremolo; and chord/melody playing. You also get to strum & pluck along with 28 songs including: Ain't Misbehavin' · Hallelujah · Hey Jude · I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow · Knockin' on Heaven's Door · Maggie May · Rocky Top · Stand by Me · Wayfaring Stranger · and many more.