Mandolin, Bluegrass to Newgrass, Levels 2/3

Joe K. Walsh

In this class we will do a variety of exercises and learn a number of tunes, each picked to help develop our technical skills and deepen our understanding of the instrument, the stylistic elements of the music, and our ability to improvise. We will examine arpeggio and chord patterns and how to modify and move them as a means of empowering ourselves to improvise with a deeper sense of how to find notes that work, and how to tell a musical story. 

Prerequisites: Students should be able to play a handful of common tunes, should be interested in improvising, and should be willing to learn by ear. 

About Joe K. Walsh

Hailed by David Grisman as a "wonderful mandolin player," and by Darol Anger as "one of the best mandolinists I’ve ever played with," Boston based musician Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his years of collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including banjo innovator Danny Barnes, fiddle legend Darol Anger, modern master fiddler Brittany Haas, wildly creative flatpicker Grant Gordy, bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow, a band he co-founded. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr. Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Aidan O’Donnell), a trio with Danny Barnes and Grant Gordy, and his own band. An avid educator, Joe is a professor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps throughout North America, helps run the Ossipee Valley String Camp, and teaches online through Peghead Nation.