Beginning Mandolin with Eric McDonald
September 16 - October 21, 2010
Thursdays [8:00 pm - 9:15 pm] Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 In this course, we will start with the basics and give students a solid base of knowledge from which to build upon. We will cover basic technique, chord structures up the neck and improvisation. We will incorporate music theory, but do most of our work by ear. Using a group of simple fiddle tunes and songs, we will build a pallet of ideas that will hopefully inspire students to continue study on their own. We'll talk about practice techniques and learn how to produce good tone on the instrument. We'll work with scales and exercises to increase each student's fluidity on the mandolin quickly, which will allow us to take full advantage of our creativity. Be prepared to use your ears and musical brains, and expect to do some work. Students will be expected to practice for at least one hour per week. Eric McDonald, a former Berklee College of Music student, plays mandolin and guitar for many touring bands and songwriters including The Dave Rowe Trio, Matching Orange and others. He has brought his music all over the United States and into Europe. In addition to teaching at Passim, you can find him instructing young musicians at New England fiddle camps during the summer. Classes are held at 26 Church Street. Please ring the buzzer downstairs and come up to the third floor. For more information, call Sarah at 617-491-2382.