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Roots/Blues Mandolin

Level 2/3

Based around compact and useful song arrangements*, these hands-on sessions will be devoted to applying basic mandolin techniques to melody, accompaniment and improvisational playing in the blues style. Steve is a veteran instructor at Fur Peace Ranch, His blues mandolin repertoire, directly influenced by legendary musicians like Howard Armstrong and Yank Rachell, has been the subject of book and video lessons for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun as well as a mainstay of his live and studio performances.

(*note: Since mandolin is usuallly a second instrument for guitarists and most often played in ensemble, some attention will also be given to appropriate guitar accompaniment.)

  • 10/26/18 - 10/29/18
  • Roots/Blues Mandolin
  • Apply Now!
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About Steve James

Steve James…This Fur Peace Ranch veteran returns to teach a class on roots, country-blues mandolin. A touring and recording artist with decades of road work and studio experience, Steve is also well-known for his commitment to sharing the styles he's learned through his lessons for Homespun and Acoustic Guitar and participation in literally hundreds of music workshop programs.

"For me, the blues is a point of departure," says guitarist, singer, and songwriter Steve James. "I like taking from the past and enlarging upon it." Born in New York City to a musical family, James was bitten by the blues bug early on, and after seeing Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt, he decided to make music his life. In the early 1970s he migrated to Bristol, TN ("bothering old people and playing with fiddlers,") then Memphis (where he played with Lewis, Bukka White, and Lum Guffin,) and finally Texas in 1977. Throughout this time, he became acquainted with the classic music and many of the great musicians of the American South. A touring musician and recording artist, Steve is a font of historical knowledge, an engaging performer and a talented teacher. A long time contributing editor to Acoustic Guitar magazine, he has had two books and over a hundred articles published in recent years.

Steve is known among fans of blues and roots music for his ability to incorporate elements of early blues and country guitar into the original style and repetoire that inform his live performances and numerous recordings (including his latest solo effort "Short Blue Stories"). An experienced teacher, Steve is a long-time contributing editor for Acoustic Guitar magazine and has created instructional DVDs on guitar and mandolin for Homespun. He invites you to visit: www.stevejames.com.

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