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Roland White Mandolin Workshop, March 3, 2007

By Mandolin Cafe
January 22, 2007 - 7:48 pm

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Roland White

Roland White

Smyrna, Tenn. — Mandolin master Roland White will teach a hands-on workshop for beginner to intermediate mandolin players on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Smyrna Assembly.

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 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.

Along with this workshop will be a one hour mini-concert with Roland and his wife Diane Bouska. Diane is a founding member of the Roland White Band, contributing distinctive lead and harmony vocals and knowledgeable guitar work in styles ranging from bluegrass and country to blues and swing. Diane also appeared on Roland's Trying To Get To You.

Workshop Information

Date: March 3, 2007 (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).

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshop
12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Concert

Cost: $50
Participants: 15 - 18 (confirmation with receipt of Paypal payment or check). Registration payment accepted via Paypal to or check can be made out to Roland White and mailed to:

Hal Loflin
107 Brookfield Court
Smyrna, TN 37167

For additional information contact Hal Loflin

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