A chance for mandolin players to learn techniques to
play Italian folk melodies. The class will review simple picking techniques
for playing single-line music and how to develop an effective tremolo
that can convey the emotion of the music. We'll review how to get the
greatest dynamic contrasts out of the mandolin including piano vs. forte,
staccato and legato, and how to use glissando.
Nicola Swinburne is a teacher
of Italian and classical mandolin at various locations throughout the
Bay Area. She is a faculty member of San Francisco's
Community Music Center. She performs in a variety of small ensembles
with harp, guitar, and other mandolins and occasionally as a soloist
with orchestras. She recorded a CD of arranged classical, operatic
and folk pieces with harpist Mitch Landy called Serenata.
Visit her website at www.mandolinserenade.com