Elderly Instruments Mandolin Workshops Led By Alan Epstein

By Mandolin Cafe
March 13, 2007 - 7:15 pm

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Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments

Lansing, Michigan — Elderly Instruments will host beginner mandolin workshops led by Alan Epstein on April 7 and May 12, 2007. Both workshops run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The cost of each workshop is $35.00 and space is limited. Advance reservations are recommended. Save $10.00 by registering early for both workshops.

The workshop titles are "So You Want To Play The Mandolin? A Novice Workshop with Alan Epstein," and "More Mandolin Basics! A follow up of Alan Epstein's Novice Mandolin Workshop."

The April workshop was developed for those who know nothing about the mandolin—who don't know how to hold it, tune it, or play a simple chord—but who are ready to begin playing. Alan will offer brief background on the instrument and provide both live and recorded examples that will assist him in demonstrating the versatility of the mandolin.

The "More Mandolin Basics" class in May is intended for those who have taken the Novice Mandolin workshops in the past and also for beginning-level players who want to brush up on the fundamentals. In this class, Alan and the students will briefly review the introductory material taught in the first session, and then move into a more detailed hands-on focus on both right- and left-hand exercises, chords, playing tunes, and more. Handouts will be provided.

Unlike most workshops where you show up with a mandolin, Elderly is providing the instruments for all attendees (unless you bring your own) and the focus is on novices who have never played a mandolin but are ready to take that first step.

Alan Epstein is active in various musical endeavors. He has coached several Bluegrass Ensemble Workshop courses at Elderly, where he is a popular mandolin instructor. He's a member of the bluegrass band The Hop-Ups and is often a special guest mandolinist with the Neptune Quartet of Traverse City, Michigan.

He was the founder and a former director of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra and has been a contributing writer for Mandolin Magazine. He has taught at various prestigious places like Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, West Virginia.