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Butch Baldassari Mandolin Workshop

By Mandolin Cafe
October 4, 2006 - 8:30 pm

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Butch Baldassari

Butch Baldassari

Smyrna, Tenn. — Mandolinist Butch Baldassari hosts two mandolin workshops on November 11, 2006 at the Smyrna Assembly, 14119 Old Nashville Highway, conveniently located ten minutes south of Nashville.

Baldassari has created new interest in this age-old instrument and is luring legions of new admirers to the music he creates. With mastery of a wide variety of mandolin styles, Baldassari's versatility is unmatched. He moves from bluegrass festivals to symphony halls with ease and grace, earning respect and admiration in these seemingly disparate worlds.

In 1985, Baldassari became a member of Weary Hearts, a critically acclaimed bluegrass band, winners of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) 1988 Best Bluegrass Band Award. After attending the Classical Mandolin Society of America convention in November 1990, and intrigued by the existence of mandolin orchestras in America at the turn of the century, he returned to Nashville (where he had moved in 1989) and founded the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble in June 1991, recruiting some of Nashville's best and most talented string players.

His CDs and instructional books are among the most widely used by aspiring mandolinists.

Bluegrass Mandolin Workshop (DVD)
You Can Play Bluegrass Mandolin (Vols. I and II), Homespun Tapes (Video)
30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin (Book and two CDs), Homespun Tapes
16 Gems-Bill Monroe Transcriptions-Hal Leonard
Evergreen Mandolin Music for Christmas-Mel Bay Acutab-Transcriptions, Vol. I-Acutab

Workshop Information:
Date: November 11, 2006 (Saturday)
Location: Smyrna Assembly
14119 Old Nashville Highway
Smyrna, Tennessee 37167

Located 10 minutes south of Nashville on I-24 and easily accessible from I-40 (Memphis, Knoxville), I 24 (Chattanooga, South West Kentucky) and I-65 (Louisville/Bowling Green, Birmingham).

Beginner Workshop: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Focus will be on basic technique, picking patterns, easy tunes and songs, along with getting started playing with others in a slow jam type setting. Handouts will be in music and tablature (0-2 years experience) Cost: $30.00.

Intermediate to Advanced Workshop: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Material for this workshop will require students to have a repertoire of fiddle tunes, along with breaks to songs. Additionally music from Bill Monroe's 16 Gems book and CD will be covered (minimum 3 years experience required). Cost: $40.00. Registration Deadline: November 1, 2006.

Registration payment accepted via Paypal to or check can be made out to Butch Baldassari and mailed to:

Hal Loflin
107 Brookfield Court
Smyrna, TN 37167

Contact Hal Loflin
Cell: (615) 400-7796

Contact Butch Baldassari

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