Author Archives: Marilynn


Welcome to Marilynn’s webpage!

For nearly four decades Marilynn Mair has played music across the globe, released two dozen solo and ensemble recordings, published three method books, written countless columns, and taught as a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University. She has dedicated herself to establishing the mandolin as an instrument of importance, for her lifetime and the future. Learn from her journey here. para portugues… Read More »

Posted November 28th, 2017


Enigmatica’s Annual Blithewold Concert

Enigmatica gives its annual gift of music to the community on Saturday, December 9, at 3:00 PM, returning to Blithewold’s “Music in the Living Room” holiday series. Enigmatica donates its concert of Baroque, world and seasonal music to benefit Blithewold, so the music is free with admission to the mansion. This event is part of many folks’ holiday tradition, so we suggest you reserve a seat online for a couple of bucks extra, and arrive early.… Read More »

Posted November 28th, 2017


Need a unique gift for the holidays?

mmair1You can now buy all of Marilynn’s CDs and books on Amazon. They are listed by many sellers, including Marilynn’s own company, Uncommon Strings. Amazon ships worldwide so they are the convenient choice if you live outside the USA or Canada.

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Posted November 28th, 2017

Of Note

Bach to the Future! Friday!

No automatic alt text available.Enigmatica is one of 40+ groups playing at the 5th annual Bach marathon in Providence RI, on Friday, November 17. The event runs from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM, and the octet is on at 7:30, playing Marilynn’s arrangements of several of Bach’s Goldberg variations, originally written for harpsichord. It’s at Manning Chapel on the Brown University campus. More info here.Read More »

Posted November 13th, 2017


AMGuSS dates are set for 2018!

Marilynn Mair & Uncommon Strings invite you to the 26th American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School, June 25-30, 2018, on the waterfront campus of Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

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Posted October 20th, 2017


Bossa magazine article & interview

The October issue of Bossa Brazilian Music online magazine is just out. This month it focuses on Choro music, and includes an interview with Marilynn about her involvement with Choro, and an article she wrote, “The French Connection: From Chopin to Choro.” Click the links above to download the articles, or click on the magazine’s title to read the whole issue online.… Read More »

Posted October 8th, 2017


The 100 – Techniques & Exercises for Mandolinists

How to play faster, cleaner, louder, more musically, and with greater confidence

The 100 cover imageThis book is a master class in musicianship for mandolinists, written and recorded by one of the most highly regarded performers and teachers of her generation.

Buy it now at Amazon.

Marilynn Mair is a world-renowned mandolinist with over a thousand concerts, two dozen CDs and two previous Mel Bay books to her credit. In The 100 -Techniques & Exercises for Mandolinists, she presents 100 tips and techniques … Read More »

Posted October 1st, 2017


SummerKeys dates are set – July 9-13, 2018!

Marilynn will once again host her mandolin week in beautiful, peaceful Lubec, Maine. The “World’s Smallest Summer Mandolin Camp,” features individualized instruction by Marilynn, with daily private hour-long lessons, a daily mandolin class, 2 hours a day in your own private practice room, and the opportunity to join with other students in coached chamber ensembles. Enrollment is limited to 5 or 6 students. If you love Marilynn’s “The Complete Mandolinist” method book, and have wished you could have access to … Read More »

Posted September 14th, 2017


Back from Macau (China)

Marilynn is back from China, and the 100-anniversary performance of the opera “Eine Florentinische Tragodie,” written by Alexander Zemlinsky, with a libretto by Oscar Wilde, went really well. And while it was an intriguing new musical challenge to play with a 75-person orchestra under a good conductor on the other side of the world, chamber music will always be Marilynn’s first love.

Marilynn is taking a month off to enjoy the rest of summer and plan for a music-filled fall. … Read More »

Posted August 17th, 2017


Marilynn’s new book is out!

Mel Bay has published their 3rd book by Marilynn!

The 100 – Techniques & Exercises for Mandolinists is a compendium of thought-provoking discoveries and theories developed over the course of her career. This is Marilynn’s most personal method book to date, and gives a look into the way professional musicians practice, work out repertoire, and develop the interpretive skills to bring their music to life.

Order one directly from Mel Bay! Or you can buy a copy on Amazon.… Read More »

Posted July 23rd, 2017
  • "A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…" - Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music... she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions." – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)
    "The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance." - Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)
    "She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound." – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
    "Marilynn Mair has always had the keen ability to balance classical mandolin traditions and repertoire, while constantly breaking new musical ground…a superb and versatile mandolinist and composer." - – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    Marilynn Mair on mandolin...touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate 'Latin soul'. - Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine
    "Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor... Mair's a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places..." - Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix (USA)
    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time. – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!" – Guitar Magazine (England)
    "Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness." – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)
    "Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her." - Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)
    "Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio." – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)
    "A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary." – La Rioja (Spain)
    "Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance... her commitment to the music shines through." - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
    "Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light... her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to." -- Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)
    "Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure." – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)
    "Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita" -- Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)