Mandolin Secrets Academy

The EASY, FAST and FUN Way to Learn Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass and Beyond.  

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Mandolin Secrets Academy is a membership site for all mandolin players that want to take their playing to the next level.

Be A Music Maker, Play the Mandolin!

Master a Solid Mandolin Technique by learning the fundamental skills, so you can play all styles of music.

Build the confidence to participate in jam sessions, ensemble playing and interacting with the generous, online mandolin community.

Play your favorite songs and tunes, whether it’s jazz-, folk- or bluegrass music.

Learn from an experienced teacher and quickly see results with a clear path to your goals.

Experience the true joy that comes from making music by playing mandolin!

Take A Quick Peak Inside the Members Area of Mandolin Secrets Academy!


What You’re Getting Inside My Mandolin Secrets Academy:

Mandolin Foundation ($127)

This course gives you a rock-solid foundation and makes sure you’re equipped with all the essential basics. 

Jazz Comping Guide ($147)

A complete Step-By-Step Course all about chords, rhythm and comping.

The 10 x 10 Mandolin Challenge

A collection of bite size lessons to build your toolbox! In 10 minutes, a day, play a carefully selected lick, riff or etude and quickly, enrich your toolbox! New challenge every second week.

Q & A Calls

The monthly, Live-Hangout where Magnus answers all Your questions. It’s a live-video meeting where you can get personal feedback on specific techniques and tunes.


Get connected and inspired by mandolin players from all over the world. Share your questions, thoughts and tips with all of the Academy members!

YouTube Bonuses

Mandolin Secrets Academy is the premium service of the YouTube channel for Magnus Zetterlund. With more than 250,000 views in 2 short years, it provides weekly inspiration and value to the Mandolin World. As an Academy Member, you’ll receive bonuses in the form of Sheet music/Tabs (PDFs), Play-A-Longs and Backing Tracks (MP3s).


The Repertoire is a consistently growing library of songs and tunes. Explore and learn a variety of music!

AND Here’s More Mandolin Craft Training 

- Live Workshops, Replays, Mini Courses and More!

Bring New Life To Your Mandolin Playing!

Extra Bonuses:

For EARLY Members, at a value of $244

Jazz Soloing Guide ($147) 

A complete Step-By-Step Course all about melody playing, improvisation and soloing.

Memorizing music ($47)

Video Course - Learn my 3 secret techniques for memorizing music. We go through J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations no.1, these 3 techniques can be applied to jazz, bluegrass and all styles of music.

Most likely, you’re reading this because you want to become a better mandolin player.

Which of the following statements applies to you?

  • You want to add fresh repertoire to your playing, more Bluegrass Tunes, Celtic Traditional and Nordic Folk.
  • You’re are curious about jazz mandolin, but don't know the first steps to learning it.
  • You’re an absolute beginner and want to learn mandolin, where do you start?
  • You know that consistent practice is the key to improvement but you don’t know what you should practice in order to move forward on your mandolin journey.
  • You’ve played a bunch of jazz tunes but would like to take your comping and soloing to the next level.
  • You’re familiar with the fiddle tunes, but your local jam session kicks off with some fast tempos and you want to be included in the action.
  • You want to build confidence improvise more on mandolin,  It’s a lot of fun... and you want to stand out when it’s your round to play solos.

“Listen folks!
I can relate to all of these statements myself, and with practice and training, I’ve moved past them all and you will too!”

“I’m very happy to let you know that the Mandolin Secrets Academy can help you get through all of these obstacles. We provide a unique, online platform for learning mandolin and we will remain your steady companion, while you’re on the path to mandolin success.” 

“Through Mandolin Secrets Academy I’ll help you grow as a mandolin player; my goal is to give you a richer toolbox so that you can experience more musical freedom.” 

“Unlike most online education, which leaves you with an overwhelming amount of content, I will assist you in moving forward through weekly inspiration, 10-minute challenges and easy to follow, step-by-step courses. “

-Magnus Zetterlund, Musician & Teacher

"I love Magnus' playing and teaching. He's one of the best on the internet. "

Mike De Jong

"“Here's a real player!” I really enjoy his methodology, versatility and thorough explanations of techniques and concepts. "

Gina Merlini
Burlington, Vermont, USA

"Magnus is an incredible teacher and a generous person, especially when it comes to sharing trade secrets. "

Michael Ed
Simrishamn, Sweden

"“The videos are really encouraging to play along with.” "

Ian Harvey
Cheltenham, England

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mandolin Secrets Academy is a complete online resource for learning to play the mandolin. It consists of a well-structured, collection of mandolin lessons, inspiring tutorials and workshops delivered by streaming high quality, video. As a member, you’ll be connected to me, your instructor, Magnus Zetterlund and like-minded players through the generous Community of MSA.

Everyone! From beginner to expert, the Academy is designed to benefit mandolin players with a range of skill levels. My primary focus is on the music genres that I have the most interest in: Bluegrass, Old Time, Jazz, Nordic folk and Celtic traditional.

You’ll be able to continuously access the content as long as you maintain an active subscription. Mandolin Secrets Academy is a monthly subscription. I frequently add new and updated materials to help you grow as a mandolin player, no matter what stage you're at, there is something for everyone!

No, you can only watch videos online, streaming and logged into the website. However, you can download an Audio Version of all video lessons, and there are also downloads in the form of PDFs (Sheet music/Tabs) and MP3s (Backing tracks, Play-a-long) for the majority of the material.

Yes, all content is compatible with mobile devices.

The MSA is online and consists of pre-recorded video lessons, which can be watched in any order, at any time. Each month there is a live-hangout Q & A Call, where you have an opportunity to connect with me, (Magnus) and your fellow members. The Live calls will be announced as they become available.

No. All contents are digital products and accessible from the Mandolin Secrets Member Area upon purchase.

Yes, you can join the Academy as an absolute beginner. The Mandolin Secrets Academy includes the course; Mandolin Foundation which, covers all the basics you need to know to get started on your mandolin journey.

The fact is, the deeper you go, the more there is to learn. So, I guess it´s really a question of your own, mindset. Some of the things I teach in MSA are what I’ve learned and implemented - even recently – to help me to continue to grow as a mandolin player.

Give it a try and then you can decide for yourself!

However, if you are Chris Thile - then I probably can’t teach you anything you don’t already know. :-)

Nope, you can cancel any time with just 7 days’ notice. If you decide to cancel, you’ll have access until the end of your current billing period.


Magnus Zetterlund (b.1980) is an award-winning musician and teacher from Sweden. He is one of the foremost mandolin players in the Scandinavian folk scene collaborating with top artists in Norway, Finland and Sweden. 

In 2007 Magnus became the first Swedish mandolinist to graduate from higher education when he completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

In addition to his online teaching, he regularly leads mandolin workshops in the Nordic countries and occasionally teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the University of Gothenburg.

Since 2017, the Magnus Zetterlund, YouTube channel has provided weekly inspiration and continuous value to the Mandolin World. In less than two years his tutorials have more than 250,000 views.

He is also creating mandolin lessons for the well-known, e-magazine Gypsy Jazz Secrets Magazine.

The Instruction You Need; The Music You Love to Play!


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