What’s a fast way to learn how to play the mandolin/guitar?

One of our reader’s want’s to get on the fast track with playing the mandolin.

I bought a mandolin, and I can’t figure out how to play it. I bought books, but they didn’t help much, and I have a guitar, it’s easier to play but what are some good songs and book that I could get to learn to play better?
I already know how to read tablature,

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