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Mike Compton Mandolin Workshop - Holly Springs, North Carolina

By Mandolin Cafe
July 17, 2007 - 11:30 am

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Mike Compton

Mike Compton

Holly Springs, N.C. — The Friends of Bluegrass will sponsor a mandolin workshop with Mike Compton on Sunday, August 26, 2007, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center located at 300 W. Ballentine Street.

Mike Compton is a Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as passionate a teacher of and advocate for the mandolin as you're ever likely to find.

Mandolin Magazine calls Compton a player with "a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin, one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere".

The workshop is geared towards intermediate players with an interest in acquiring a more thorough understanding of how to reproduce the original bluegrass mandolin sound. All levels are welcome, however. Some knowledge of standard notation/tab will be very helpful. Students are encouraged to come prepared to actively participate. The workshop is not intended as a lecture.

Topics will include a brief biography of Bill Monroe, his influences and regional culture as it related to the development of the music. A visual reference to the work of Van Gogh will be introduced. The class will spend time working on right hand technique, various examples of tremolo, triplets, down strokes, slides and melody insinuation. Recorded examples to illustrate points may be included as deemed necessary. There will also be examples from the black mandolin culture.

Mike Compton will be performing in a concert at the Holly Springs Cultural Center the night before on Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m.

Registration for the Workshop Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Holly Springs Cultural Center 300 W Ballentine St, Holly Springs NC General Public: $75 Friends of Bluegrass Members: $70 Participants: Limited to 18 (Confirmation with receipt of Paypal Payment or Check)

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