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Roland White Mandolin Workshop and Concert

By Diane Bouska
July 8, 2005 - 6:45 am

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Roland White

Roland White

Mandolin master Roland White will teach a 3 1/2 hour workshop on Monday, July 11, 2005 at Buckdancer's Choice music store in Portland, Maine. Topics will include right- and left-hand technique, chord shapes and how they work together, playing breaks to a 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 workshop should be equally beneficial to players of all skill levels.

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 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.

The workshop will run from 5pm to 8:30pm, with a break and cost $45.

Additional information:
Buckdancer's Choice - 207-774-2219

Then, on July 12, Roland White and Friends appear in a house concert with fiddle and banjo wizards Mark and Sally Wingate
and guitarist/vocalist Diane Bouska. Come down to Jay York's Church for a casual evening of bluegrass, old-time and swing instrumentals and vocals from this quartet from Nashville.
Important: Bring your own chair

7:30 pm, $10
Jay York's Church
58 Wilmot St.
Portland, ME
Info: or 800-304-3588

Roland, Diane, Mark and Sally will also present a house concert at the schoolhouse on Monhegan Island, Maine, Thursday, July 14, 7:30 pm.
Additional information:
Buckdancer's Choice - 207-774-2219

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