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Mandolin for Guitarists

Level 2/3

Many guitar players have a mandolin sitting around the house and know a few chords or a few tunes but they never get around to really learning to play. Why waste another minute? We'll be talking in this class about chords, scales, fingerings (REALLY IMPORTANT) a good "chop" (Rhythm is everything), picking direction and patterns and applying it all to tunes. (the reason we play is the tunes so let's learn some!).

Mandolin: Bluegrass And Beyond

Level 3

An opportunity to learn from a masterful player and teacher, this workshop will provides technical and academic instruction in a variety of styles associated with the mandolin, especially the legacy of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and its impact on Swing, Jazz and Blues. We will focus on creative approaches including improvising solos. The course will be tailored to student experience and thus accommodate a range of experience. The format will consist of class lectures and hands-on exercises and may be complemented with individualized instruction.

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About Barry Mitterhoff

Barry Mitterhoff is a mandolinist who cannot be pigeonholed into one style. He performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Neapolitan songs, Klezmer and more. He has recorded on the BMG, Sony, Flying Fish, Rounder and other record labels with artists as diverse as Metropolitan Opera tenor Jerry Hadley, Julius LaRosa, Tom Chapin, Hazel Dickens, Tony Trischka and under his own name. He has performed at the White House, the Library of Congress, the Rainbow Room, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He can be heard on the soundtracks of You've Got Mail, Mickey Blue Eyes, Two Family House as well as recording music for the Coen Brothers film, O Brother Where Art Thou. Mr. Mitterhoff has toured throughout Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, Czech Republic, Japan, the United States and Canada. Along with his performing and recording activities, he also is active as a mandolin teacher, including at the Fur Peace Ranch. He is now an acclaimed sideman to Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna (Electric and Acoustic).. www.mandozine.com

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