Class Category: Mike Compton

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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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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Playing in the Cracks

Instructor: Mike Compton Playing in the Cracks (Advanced):   The title of this class refers to a phrase used by the late John Hartford. “Playing in the Cracks” describes playing all the tones taken away by the frets on your fingerboard making for a challenging exercise!  Mike will provide suggestions on how to play solos that …

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Big Mon

Instructor: Mike Compton “Big Mon” (Advanced): By request! One of Bill Monroe’s most popular and well -known numbers by far, but often misrepresented on the mandolin. This class will be taught using a note-for-note transcription of Bill’s playing off the studio version. The often neglected and omitted third part of Big Mon will be instructed …

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