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A mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick". It commonly has four courses of doubled strings tuned in unison (8 strings), although five (10 strings) and six (12 strings) course versions also exist. The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths. It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, and mandobass.

Mandolin music was used in Indian Movies as far back as the 1940s by the Raj Kapoor Studios in movies such as Barsaat. The movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) used mandolin in several places. In Indian classical music and Indian light music, the mandolin, which bears little resemblance to the European mandolin

However for beginners it?s best to make sure the instrument is properly tuned which might need certain guidance from a trainer who?ll make sure that your instrument is in playable condition and that it?s tuned. One also needs to check the height of the strings from the fret board. This is a critical factor, because if the strings are too high, you?ll have a hard time pushing your fingers down on them to create notes and chords, and if they?re too low, they?ll rattle or buzz on the frets (the little metal bars spaced at various intervals along the neck). Hold your mandolin on your lap so that the neck is pointing to the left, and look at the little strip of bone or plastic, near the tuning pegs, which the strings cross over. This is called the nut. The grooves in the nut should allow the strings to barely clear the first fret.

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