Class Category: Mandolin

Roanoke

This classic Bill Monroe tune was recorded at a Decca Records Session, on December 31, 1954 at Bradley Studios in Hillsboro Village, Nashville TN.  The tune was written when Bill as in Roanoke, and because he had a toothache, he stayed back to work on this tune while the band went to dinner.  On the …

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The Skillet Lickers Sessions

Instructor: Adam Tanner The Skillet Lickers Sessions-Ted “Ezra” Hawkins Tunes: The Skillet Licket Sessions with Hawkins may well have been the closest relative to Monroe’s early playing as it contains generous amounts of chords, drones, and contains some of the drive associated with Bill’s early playing in his pre-1945 editions of the Blue Grass Boys.  …

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Monroe Brothers: Part 2

Instructor: Adam Tanner Monroe Brothers: Part 2 (Int-Adv): This class will focus on the rapid and nimble mandolin style Bill employs on the Monroe Brother’s recordings of “Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.  Playing at rapid tempos requires relaxation and economy of motion.  We will focus on learning the song slowly and applying techniques that …

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Monroe Brothers: Part 1

Instructor: Adam Tanner Monroe Brothers: Part 1:  The beginning of Monroe’s blues style will be looked at in this class.  Since “Sinner You Better Get Ready” contains early examples of downstroke style picking, slides, and syncopations, it stands a great introduction into the blues aspect of Bill’s playing.

Lochwood

Instructor: John Keith Lochwood (Intermediate): From Monroe’s famed “Master of Bluegrass Album”, Lochwood is an up-tempo number with intricate fingerings in the A and B parts.  We’ll deconstruct each section note-by-note so you have a solid understanding of this tune!

In Despair

Instructor: John Keith “In Despair” (Intermediate): Alternate Tunings:    Recorded in 1957, this song in the key of D utilizes an alternate tuning on the G-strings to achieve a lonesome sound even as this one moves right along.  In this class, you’ll learn how to re-tune your mandolin without breaking a string, to achieve that …

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G-Mon

Instructor: John Keith “G-Mon” (Beginner): Recorded in 1957, this song in the Key of D utilizes an alternate tuning on the G-strings to achieve a lonesome sound as this one moves right along.  In this class you’ll learn how to re-tune your mandolin without breaking your strings to replicate that vintage and lonesome sound!

Warming Up/Getting Ready to Play

Instructor: Mike Compton Warming Up/Getting Ready to Play (All): Whether you are a new beginner player, or someone who has been playing for decades, this is a really important class for each and every one of us. It’s always a good idea to relax and loosen up before launching into a stout version of “Rawhide”.  …

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