Roland White Mandolin Workshop

By Mandolin Cafe
November 15, 2005 - 6:15 pm

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Roland White

Roland White

Mandolin master Roland White will teach a hands-on workshop on Saturday, December 10, 2005 at the campus of Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The workshop is being sponsored by The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University as part of their series of Traditional Masters Teaching Workshops, and will run from 10:00 - 4:00 PM, with a lunch break.

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 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.

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (break for lunch)
Level: "Beginner-plus" to advanced
Location: The Pioneer Log Cabin
Campus of Western Kentucky
University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
(65 miles north of Nashville, off I-65)
Tuition: $40

Additional information:
Erika Brady: (270) 745-5902