I am now offering mandola and mandocello lessons at the studio in addition to mandolin. Mandola is the "viola" equivalent in the mandolin family of instruments. Mandocello is the "cello" equivalent.
Mandola players often read the Treble Clef, only an octave higher and with different fingering. Sometimes called the "Tenor Clef". Many mandola players also play viola and therefore read the standard viola "Alto Clef".
Mandocello players read the Bass Clef.
The fingering on both instruments is identical to the fingering on the bowed-string counterpart, so viola and cello players could switch over to the fretted versions quite easily. In fact, if you have a little guitar background, the transition is even easier as you will already have experience with frets and a pick.
To learn more about taking lessons, visit my website where you can check the schedule and contact me about lessons. Thank you! Adam Sweet