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The Mandolin is a string instrument originating from the lute family of instruments. Mainly played in country and folk music, the mandolin has eight strings (in four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison), usually played with a plectrum. Notable composers who have written for the mandolin include Raffaele Calace, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, and J.S. Bach. Famous mandolinists include David Grisman, Chris Thile, Alan Bibey, Bill Monroe, and Mike Marshall.

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