Mandolin Masterclass with Tim Connell (3 weeks, Sundays: May 5, 12, 19) 4-6pm

Mandolin Masterclass with Tim Connell (3 weeks, Sundays: May 5, 12, 19) 4-6pm

149.00 180.00

Workshop #1

Fiddle Tunes for the Mandolin (Sunday May 5, 4-6pm)

In this workshop, Tim will teach several traditional fiddle reels from Ireland and Appalachia. All tunes will be taught by rote, but students will take home sheet music and tablature for all tunes.

This class will largely feature group learning and practice/playing of fiddle tunes together.

However, Tim will take time to fix any technique issues, to explain tips on memorizing and

practicing and take any questions.

Workshop #2

Djangology: Gypsy Jazz and Swing for the Mandolin (Sunday May 12th, 4-6pm)

In this workshop, Tim will lead the class in several swing and gypsy jazz standards, including

Minor Swing, Lady Be Good, All of Me and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.

This class will largely feature group learning and practice/playing of fiddle tunes together.

Please come prepared with either experience playing a variety of chords, ability to read

standard notation, or a willingness to learn by ear( or just come to observe and learn at home).

Tim will take time to fix any technique issues, to explain tips on memorizing and practicing and

take any questions.

Workshop #3

Rock, Folk and Country for the Mandolin(Sunday May19, 4-6pm))

Students will learn several songs from the rock, country and folk genres, for which we will play

chords and sing together. Repertoire from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and more.

Tim will also talk about appropriate accompaniment and improvisation in the context of these

genres, allowing students to ask questions or demonstrate their own choices in a “masterclass”-style framework.

Students will also leave class with a transcription of Tim’s solo arrangement for “Here Comes

the Sun”.

About Tim Connell:
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with over twenty years professional performing experience, 
Tim Connell has created a sophisticated and original global mandolin style.  Regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of Brazilian choro, Tim has also developed his own unique voice for the instrument, described in a recent Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”  

Tim regularly tours Europe and North America in the international mandolin supergroup The Ger Mandolin Orchestra. He has been a featured guest artist at national conventions of the Classical Mandolin Society of America; he has been on staff at the prestigious Mandolin Symposium for several years and performs and teaches all over the country.
 

Tim has performed alongside top Brazilian musicians including Dudu Maia, Choro das Tres, Alessandro Penezzi, Eduardo Neves and Almir Cortes. He collaborates with jazz clarinet superstar Harvey Wainapel and the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and performed in the premeire of Wainapel’s new piece at the Berkeley Festival of Choro in May 2015.  Tim has performed with a roster of the greatest living American mandolinists, including David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg, Rich Del Grosso, Chris Acquvella and many others. 
 

Tim is a restless and prolific bandleader and arranger, sideman and studio musician, currently touring with his Brazilian choro duo Rio Con Brio, 1930’s-era swing quartet Stumptown Swing, world mandolin duo Mando Planet and guitar wizard Eric Skye. In addition, Tim is an integral member of Americana songsters The Old Yellers, currently riding high on their new release "Ten from Town". In his solo act, Tim shares his career-long exploration of the world's many musical styles as realized on the mandolin and voice.

As a veteran teacher and workshop presenter, Tim has taught at the Alaska Folk Arts Camp and the Wintergrass Festival School among many other music camps.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Additionally, Tim was a contributor to the number-one selling mandolin instructional book, "Mandolin for Dummies".  He is also in-demand as an 
ensemble coach for both professional and amateur groups of all styles and instruments, helping bands improve their sound and overall vision and cleaning up arrangements as they head into the recording studio.

Additional workshop details:

There will be a short 10 minute break and also light snacks and drinks provided.

A limit of 12 students per workshop to create an intimate learning environment.

Workshops can be taken separately from the package of 3. Each drop-in workshop is $60 for the 2 hour session.

Please contact Tracy if interested in single workshops.

Please call Tracy Kim for questions: (503)236-8613

or email: happyvalleyschoolofmusic@gmail.com

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