MARLA FIBISH
TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC :: :: FABRIC WORKS

CONTACT/TEACHING


For booking, info, lessons, or anything else at all, please feel free to shoot me an email at mfibish@gmail.com .

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TEACHING

I teach private lessons on mandolin and mandola, in person (in Marin County, CA) and over Skype, a well as group classes and workshops, online at Peghead Nation, and at many music camps.  Details on current class offerings are below, or drop me a line for more info at mfibish@gmail.com. 

Classes:

I teach group classes. These are a fantastic way to learn more tunes and grow confidence, while developing a group of compatriots who know the same tunes you do! We cluster tunes into sets so that you'll have some ready to go when someone invites you to start a tune at a session. We work on developing skills as well as learning tunes - we do exercises together to develop a strong rhythmic right hand, as well as to develop left hand patternings and fretboard knowledge.

New Classes Starting in January 2018:

If you are interested in joining a class, don't see the class that addresses your skill level or interests, or want to talk about which environment might be best for you, shoot me an email - (mfibish@gmail.com)

Advanced Beginners - Mandolin

This class focuses on basic technique for playing Irish music on the mandolin. This class is limited to mandolins only. In the class we work with exercises to get both right and left hand working together rhythmically for playing tunes. Participants will learn 6 or more tunes in the course of the series. Recordings of the tunes are made available ahead of the class meetings. Class will meet in Larkspur on alternate Monday nights, 7:00-8:30PM for six sessions, beginning January 15. Class dates: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12 & 3/26.  Price: $180 for the series. 

Intermediate Class - Mandolin & family

This class focuses on getting the flow of Irish music on the mandolin and acquiring a good session repertoire, while learning to play tunes in sets. In the class we work with exercises to get both right and left hand working for playing tunes. Participants will learn 8-12 tunes in the course of the series. Recordings of the tunes are made available ahead of the class meetings. Class will meet in Albany on alternate Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00PM for six sessions, start date TBD. Price: $180 for the series.

Advanced Class - Mandolin & family

This class focuses on Irish tune acquisition for mandolin and mandolin-family instruments (tenor banjo too). There is also focus on mandolin technique, variation and ornamentation. The group usually learns three tunes per class session. Tunes are learned in sets, to facilitate session playing. Recordings of the tunes are made available ahead of the class meetings.  Class will meet in Albany on alternate Thursday nights, 7:30-9:00PM for 6 sessions, starting on January 11. Class dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8 & 3/22.  Price for the series is $180.

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Winter Intensive Workshop Friday - Sunday, Feb 23-25, 2018

This event will be my first experience hosting my own weekend-long workshop.  This will be a great opportunity for remote students to get in-person attention in the company of a small group of players looking to take their playing to the next level, and have some fun in the process!  Please note: The workshop is full - contact me if you wish to be on the waiting list or notified of subsequent workshops.

 

2018 Music Camps!

Each camp is always a completely different musical experience - each wonderful in a different way. There is nothing like immersion in a music camp environment to really get you fired up about your music!  Please check out my events page for more info about each music camp...and sign up early!

Here are the Music Camps confirmed so far for 2018:

March Mandolin Festival, Concord NH   March 2-4, 2018

California Coast Music Camp, Week 1     July 7-14, 2018

Lark Camp                                             July 27-August 4, 2018

Portal Irish Music Week                         October 3-8, 2018

O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat                October 19-21, 2018

Fiddle & Pick Irish Music Weekend         November 8-10, 2018


Image Credits

The fantastic photo of my mandolin on the home page was taken by Fionn O Lochlainn.
The photos of me playing on the About page and on this page were taken by the lovely and talented Dana Dubinsky.
Thank you both for your beautiful work!


Many Thanks

Thank you Mike Considine for your guidance and fabulous work in putting together this site. You're the best!

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