Advanced Mandolin with David Benedict

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In Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin we’ll be diving into all the details of what makes a well-rounded mandolinist. After establishing good right and left hand technique, we’ll be launching into the bluegrass double stop idiom, learning the tricks of the trade to locate movable shapes and to play familiar melodies in a bluegrass style in various keys. We’ll get you started on the unique techniques of measured waltz tremolo and other embellishments to make your bluegrass waltz playing really dance. Along the way we’ll expand you’re repertoire with some classic tunes and explore improvisational ideas on how to solo in the jam.

Originally from Clemson, South Carolina, mandolinist David Benedict is quickly becoming a notable figure in the bluegrass and acoustic music scene. After graduating with a mandolin music performance degree and spending a 3-year stint in Nashville touring and recording with acclaimed bass player Missy Raines, David made the move to Boston to join Mile Twelve. During this time, David founded the acclaimed and ongoing weekly video series Mandolin Mondays hosted on the Mandolin Cafe. He also received the 2018 IBMA Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year. His recent solo album The Golden Angle demonstrates his ability to integrate seamlessly with the high-caliber company he keeps, including collaborations from Grammy-winning artists Stuart Duncan, David Grier, and others. Jazz guitar sensation Julian Lage notes, “David is one of the most inspiring lights on the creative acoustic music scene today. A talented player and composer who is paving the way for new and exciting music! I can’t wait to see where he takes us!”

David is here this week with his band Mile Twelve.

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