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Debora Chen's Standard Notation for the Tablature Addicted Mandolinist Workshop

By Mandolin Cafe
June 2, 2007 - 10:00 am

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Debora Chen

Debora Chen

Berkeley, Calif. — Debora Chen will present a two-part workshop devised to break the aspiring mandolinist's addiction to tablature, to be held at Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 1111 Addison St. from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on successive Saturdays, June 9 and 16, 2007.

Material presented will include carefully designed exercises from the book, "Standard Notation for the Tab Addicted Mandolinist", composed specifically to exploit the idiosyncrasies of the mandolin to highlight easy note recognition, and encourage good technique.

By the end of the second session, most participants will be able to read (without tab) an excerpt adapted from the Bach Partita III for unaccompanied violin (this is not an exaggeration), and will be well on their way to reading anything they want.

Topics covered in the workshop will include tips for:

- left and right hand dexterity and precision
- getting around the neck without ever needing to looking at it
- how to get the most out of practice time for new skill acquisition
- how to visually associate common fingering patterns with the staff
- how to read syncopated rhythms (choro)
- especially useful for the experienced improvising mandolinist: how to utilize knowledge of common chord progressions such as ii, V, I and I, IV, V7, I to accelerate note recognition.

Class size is limited to 36. To register for a class, email Debora or register through Freight and Salvage and e-mail an RVSP as well. Tickets may be available at the door but you must RSVP by e-mail in advance to confirm there is space.

About the instructor

Debora Chen, multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator minored in music composition in college where she studied with Peter Child and Pulitzer Prize Winner John Harbison. She has provided music transcription/editing for Mike Marshall in his innovative series of mandolin method books, and overnight transcriptions for the studio of prominent commercial composer Ed Bogas. Three of her orchestral compositions have premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught at the Mandolin Symposium since 2005 and will be teaching there again in 2007.

For those unable to attend the workshop but are interested in the book, e-mail Debora with with "mando book" in the subject line. Publication is slated for late June, 2007.

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