Mandolin Soloing and Improv Techniques of the Masters

Simon Dunson

Mandolin Soloing and Improv Techniques of the Masters

Regular price $ 180.00 Sale price $ 162.00

Mandolin Soloing and Improv Techniques of the Masters with Simon Dunson

This class will meet online - an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be included in the orientation email sent upon checkout.
 

Course Overview 

We will be studying the playing, language, and influence of a few of the great influential mandolin players including Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Chris Thile, Adam Steffey, and more. Many improvisation exercises, concepts, and approaches will also be covered. (All handouts in tab & standard notation) 

We will explore these topics through the lens of the great mandolin masters:

  • Pentatonic Scales & Diatonic Chord Progressions 
  • Licks - Pros & Cons 
  • Horizontal vs Vertical Soloing 
  • Motific Soloing & Diatonic Patterns 
  • Soloing over more chords
  • Phrase length solo practice 
  • Rhythm! (and how rhythm can be so helpful) 
  • Techniques, approaches, and overarching goals when making music.

Objectives 

  • Greater understanding of improvisation 
  • Greater understanding of what makes different mandolin players good, unique and why

Expectations 

  • Have a mandolin and be excited to learn! 
  • Some knowledge of a few songs & chords