Playing Mandolin for Dances

Tom Cunningham

Playing Mandolin for Dances

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Playing Mandolin for Dances with Tom Cunningham

This class has both in-person and online options that meet simultaneously. To meet on Zoom, select the online option and an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be included in the orientation email sent upon checkout.

This class is for mandolin players who would like to learn how to play for contra and square dances. We'll learn several tunes in the dance repertoire: fiddle tunes from Appalachian, Irish, and French-Canadian sources.

We'll also talk about:

  • how to start and end tunes
  • how to communicate with a caller
  • how to construct medleys
  • dance tempos
  • what makes a good dance tune
  • where to find more tunes
  • and more

After completing this class, you should have the knowledge to lead a band through a contra dance.

For intermediate to advanced players: should be able to play several tunes at close to dance tempos (about 112 bpm).