Irish Mandolin Weekend Intensive Workshop

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Irish Mandolin Weekend Intensive Workshop with Marla Fibish

Periodically I host intensive weekend workshops. These are 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! I have two scheduled so far for 2020, both out of my home in California — February 7-9 and April 3-5. Please contact me with interest or any questions -

The price for the workshop is $225. Here’s what’s included:

* 7 group classes (75 minutes each) over two days

* A 30-minute private lesson for each participant

* Lunch, coffee, tea, and snacks on both days

* Friday and Saturday night sessions

We’ll gather on Friday evening for a session, followed by two full days of instruction on Saturday and Sunday.

Classes will focus on understanding and developing techniques for playing the many forms of Irish dance music on the mandolin - jigs, reels, slip jigs, hop jigs, polkas, slides, hornpipes, waltzes and barndances. Recordings of tunes will be provided in advance so that we can focus on technique rather than on tune-learning.

Develop the necessary skills for playing Irish music on the mandolin…
We’ll work on both right and left hand techniques to express the distinctive rhythmic forms, deliver the pulse of the music, and improve tone production and sustain. We’ll highlight the unique things that the mandolin brings to the music.

Explore phrasing, ornamentation and variation…
We’ll focus on musicality, how to give life and lift to the tunes you learn, how to take them from a series of notes into joyful, gratifying expression in Irish music!

Enrollment will be limited to 9 participants - intermediate level and above.