Learning the notes on a string instrument can be a bit confusing due to the fact that the same note in the same octave can be played in more than one place. Many of us learned to play songs on a mandolin before we learned the names of the notes, but eventually you will want to know the notes by name. There are a total of twelve notes including all sharps and flats. Each section contains only four notes making it a bit easier to memorize. If you spend as little as 10 minutes a week on this set of exercises, you will eventually learn where all of the notes are on the mandolin fingerboard. Learning were all of the notes are on the mandolin is the first step to mastering the fingerboard.