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Registration for the 2018 Mandolin Congress is officially open. If you have asked me to save you a place, then your name is on the list in the event it all fills up (some years it does, others not.)

Directions: Email me with your selections marked with an X by one or two topics in each session. There will be only one class offered at each level, but your vote provides an alternative choice for the final cut. If you need more information about a class, please look in the attached Catalogue of Topics.

Example of Registering for a Class:

Beginner

X  Allow Me To Introduce To You, The Mandolin                                                            (Dan Gore)

Intermediate

                 Kick It Up A Notch: Making Mandolin Jam                                                            (Sam Lyman) 

X         Old Time Mandolin                                                                                                           (Sam Lyman)

                 Blues Styles for Mandolin                                                                                           (Sam Lyman)

 

 

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SESSION 1  (9AM – 10:45AM) 

Beginner

        Allow Me To Introduce To You, The Mandolin                                                                   (Dan Gore)

Intermediate

        Kick It Up A Notch: Making Mandolin Jam                                                            (Sam Lyman) 

        Old Time Mandolin                                                                                                        (Sam Lyman)

        Blues Styles for Mandolin                                                                                           (Sam Lyman)

Intermediate-Advanced

        Swing Class with Melodic Emphasis                                                                        (Don Thomsen)

        The Mandolin As An Accompanying Instrument In Folk And Americana                  (Don Thomsen) 

        Introduction to Brazilian Choro style mandolin                                                 (Dan Gore)

Advanced

        Playing The Changes                                                                                                      (Don Julin) 

        Improve Your Groove                                                                                                    (Don Julin)

SESSION 2  (10:45AM – 12:30PM)

Beginner

        Vocal Backup for Solo and Small Ensemble Mandolin Playing                     (Sam Lyman) 

        Every Song Is (Or Can Be) A Mandolin Song                                                         (Sam Lyman)

Intermediate

        Brazilian Choro, Intro to Samba Rhythms                                                              (Dan Gore)

        Position Shifts and How to Not Tangle Your Fingers                                        (Dan Gore) 

Intermediate-Advanced

        Experiencing the Power of Pentatonic Scales                                                     (Don Julin) 

        Get Rhythm Part Two                                                                                                    (Don Julin) 

        Easy Classical Duets                                                                                                        (Don Julin)

Advanced

        Swing Progressions                                                                                                        (Don Thomsen) 

SESSION 3  (1:30 - 3:15PM)

Beginner

        Irish Polkas Rock                                                                                                              (Don Thomsen)

Intermediate

        Long Journey Home: Building a Traditional Bluegrass Style Break             (Don Julin) 

        Jamming For Dummies: Everyone Can Improvise!                                            (Don Julin)

        Building a Traditional Bluegrass Style Mandolin Break                                   (Don Julin) 

        Easy Classical Duets                                                                                                        (Don Julin)  

 

Intermediate-Advanced

        Larger Bodied Mandolins And How They Are Played                                      (Ken Glastre)

Advanced

        Arpeggios From Beethoven To Grisman                                                                                (Dan Gore)

SESSION 4  (3:15 - 5:00PM)

Beginner

     Get Rhythm Part One                                                                                                      (Don Julin)  

        Playing Some EZ Fiddle Tunes                                                                                   (Don Julin)

Intermediate

        Picking Patterns And Triplets In Irish Music                                                         (Don Thomsen) 

        Scales And Double Stops, Connecting The Dots                                                 (Don Thomsen)  

        Learn A Few Tunes By Ear, It’s The Irish Way!                                                     (Don Thomsen) 

Intermediate-Advanced

        The Mandolin Orchestra                                                                                              (Dan Gore)

Advanced

        Crossing the Old-Time Threshold with Old Crow Medicine Show             (Sam Lyman)