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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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
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, 2018Lark 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 CreditsThe 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 ThanksThank you Mike Considine for your guidance and fabulous work in putting together this site. You're the best!