Roland White Mandolin Workshop
By Diane Bouska
March 7, 2005 - 7:15 pm
Mandolin master Roland White will conduct two 3-hour workshops on Saturday, March 26, 2005, at the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus at Madison. That evening he will join with Alan Munde (also giving banjo workshops that day), Jerry Wicentowski and Mark Hembree for a concert at 7:30. The workshops and concerts are organized and presented by the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association. The morning workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon and is for all skill levels. Topics will include right- and left-hand technique, chord shapes and how they work together, playing breaks to songs, double stops, back-up, mandolin set-up, tremolo, acquiring speed, ensemble playing, and more, depending on the students' preferences and needs. Roland will spend some time with each student individually and provide chord diagrams and tablature handouts. The afternoon workshop is from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and will be a jam workshop for all bluegrass instruments.
Roland White is known as one of the few unique stylists on the mandolin, with his own unmistakable sound and touch. In his distinguished career in bluegrass music, Roland has played in some of the most influential and popular groups in the music's history. Roland's soul and infectious rhythm enable him to seem to dance through his instrument.
Roland began playing professionally at the age of 14 after his family moved from their native Maine to Burbank, California. He led his brothers in their first band, The Country Boys, later known as The Kentucky Colonels, was a member of Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass, Bill Monroe's
Blue Grass Boys, the progressive bluegrass band Country Gazette, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, which won two Grammies, and The Roland White Band, which earned a 2003 Grammy nomination for the CD "Jelly on my Tofu".
Roland is widely praised as a teacher, having taught mandolin and guitar privately and in workshops for many years. He loves to teach beginners and has boundless enthusiasm for the music, which rubs off those
around him. He has published a critically and popularly acclaimed mandolin methods, "Roland White's Approach to Bluegrass Mandolin" and "Roland White's Mandolin Christmas" and is in demand at music camps and seminars.