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Mandolin for violinists and fiddlers

Violinists and fiddlers – want to pick up a new instrument quickly and expand your horizons??  The Mandolin will be familiar!

Students will learn to use the pick for both melody and accompaniment, as well as other plucked string techniques like tremolo, alternate picking, crosspicking, and chord strumming. Repertoire will consist of both traditional folk and classical music arranged for mandolin ensemble. The folk repertoire will be sourced from the wide range of American fiddle styles; the classical pieces will be a combination of Early and Modern music from the concert tradition.

Some basic experience in reading standard music notation on the fiddle/violin is required (also open to more experienced players). Kids must be excited to learn new techniques and be ready to apply their existing knowledge to a new instrument. The standard mandolin tuning is that same as the violin (GDAE) so almost all of the left-hand fingerings are the same. In the event that students do not have access to mandolins, some instruments will be available to borrow for the course of the camp. There will be a performance at the end of the week where friends and family can hear the music performed.

Flynn Cohen is a professional mandolin and acoustic guitar player who has a long resume as both a performer and a teacher. He is a founding member of the nationally-touring American folk band Low Lily, and was a visiting lecturer in Music at both Keene State College and Bridgewater State University. He is also a composer of plucked string music and has had works performed by chamber ensembles across the western world. Mr. Cohen has degrees in Music Composition from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and Mills College in Oakland, California where he was a classical mandolin student of Paul Binkley (of the Modern Mandolin Quartet). He specializes in new music for mandolin ensembles, modern interpretations of Renaissance plucked string music, Irish traditional music, and bluegrass mandolin styles.

Ages 8-15
July 10 -13, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Led by Flynn Cohen
Tuition: $180

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