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Orrin Star Mandolin Workshops

By Mandolin Cafe
May 3, 2006 - 7:40 am

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Orrin Star

Orrin Star

Veteran bluegrass and folk performer and instructor Orrin Star will be offering his "Making Your Mando Sing" workshop on Saturday May 13, 2006 in Cumberland, Maryland, and on Saturday May 20, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia.

He will also be teaching a week-long Bluegrass Mandolin class as part of this year's Common Ground on the Hill Tradition's Week in Westminster, Maryland, July 3-7, 2006.

The May Workshops

"One of the hurdles facing mandolinists on the road from memorizing solos to making music," says Star, "is learning how to incorporate rhythm moves into their lead playing. Using a version of the song Shady Grove as a vehicle, this workshop zeroes in on the various strums and extra notes that really glue a solo together."

For novice through intermediate players (all but total beginners)

Bring your mandolin, non-video recording devices
Limited to 12 participants
Includes written hand-out. Fee $45

Saturday May 13, Cumberland, Maryland
Kauffman Music, 47 Baltimore St, 3-5pm

Saturday May 20, Doraville, Georgia (Tucker area of Atlanta NE)
Private Residence, 2:30-4:30pm
Contact: or 770-493-7978

See Schedule Page at for downloadable flyers.

The July Class

Bluegrass Mandolin Intermediate/Advanced

Bluegrass mandolin revolves around two things: playing instrumentals and creating solos for songs. We will explore both of these elements (in addition to to rhythm playing) with an eye to the subtleties that make one's playing more 'musical', like using vocal accents as a guide and being conscious of the primal rhythm of fiddle music.

Common Ground on the Hill, "Traditions Week 1", July 2-7, 2006, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.

"For 12 years we have gathered as a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors and dancers, sharing skills with students of all ages and with one another."

Additional information:

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