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So You Want to Play the Mandolin? A Workshop By Alan Epstein

By Mandolin Cafe
December 16, 2005 - 8:34 am

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Elderly Instruments will host an Alan Epstein led mandolin workshop for beginners on Saturday, February 11, 2006 from 1-3:00 PM.

Unlike most workshops where you show up with a mandolin, Elderly is providing the instruments for all attendees and the focus on novices who have never played a mandolin but are ready to take that first step.

The workshop will cover an introduction to the mandolin, examples of different types of mandolins, and a general overview of the instrument. The course includes a survey of various playing styles, and both live and recorded examples will enable Alan to aptly demonstrate the mandolin's diversity: jazz, blues, classical, gospel, avant-garde, tango, pop, folk and bluegrass.

Since his recent move to Michigan, Alan has become active in various musical endeavors. He has coached several Bluegrass Ensemble Workshop courses at Elderly, where he is a popular mandolin instructor. He's a member of the bluegrass band The Hop-Ups and is often a special guest mandolinist with the Neptune Quartet of Traverse City, Michigan.

Alan was the founder and a former director of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra and has been a contributing writer for Mandolin Magazine. He has taught at various prestigious places like Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, West Virginia. In November he conducted a successful "hands and picks on" mandolin workshop at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, sponsored by GLAMA [Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association].

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