Roland White Mandolin Workshop at Elderly Instruments

By Diane Bouska
November 30, 2004 - 1:30 pm

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Roland White

Roland White

Mandolin master Roland White will teach a 4-hour workshop on Saturday, December 4, 2004 at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan. 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's soul and infectious rhythm enable him to seem to dance through his instrument.

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 a 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.

The workshop will run from 10 am to 3 pm with a one hour lunch break. Call Elderly Instruments at 517-372-7880 or 888-473-5810 for more information.