You know the mandolin - now it's time to get to know the rest of the family! Meet the mandola and mandocello, two increasingly popular members of the mandolin family.
Join Danny Knicely in making some sonorous music on the alto and baritone instruments of the mandolin family. Just as the violin family consists of the violin, viola, cello and bass viol, the mandolin family consists of the mandolin, mandocello and mandobass. These three voices make up the wonderful sound spectrum of the mandolin orchestras which originated in Europe and spread throughout the world. The mandola and mandocello are tuned the same, one octave apart, so the instruments can be taught together. Both are wonderful accompaniment instruments and have found their way into a wide variety of folk idioms.
NOTE: Mike Marshall (this year's recipient of the Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts, along with Caterina Lichtenberg) is known for playing the mandocello. See a video of Mike Marshall on the mandocello HERE.