Don Julin


MANDOLIN – BEGINNER LEVEL | Requirements: None
Monday: Getting Started. Tuesday: 5 Chords & 4 Strumming Patterns.
Wednesday: Playing Your First Melodies.
Thursday: Counting & Subdividing Beats.
Friday: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Required Skills:
Participants should have a basic ability to play and tune their instrument.

Monday: EZ Fiddle Tunes (Old-Time Style).
Tuesday: Tremolo.
Wednesday: Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes (Irish Style).
Thursday: The Sound of Silence (Timing exercise).
Friday: Long Journey Home (Bluegrass Style)

Required Skills: 
An appropriate knowledge of the genre and ability to play tunes at a medium pace.

Monday: Mastering the Fingerboard.
Tuesday: Improvisation 101: Jamming for Dummies.
Wednesday: Triplets, Hammer-ons, Pull-offs & Slides.
Thursday: Blues Mandolin.
Friday: Intro to Chord Melody (Solo Arrangements)


Don Julin, author of the best-selling Mandolin For Dummies (Wiley 2012) and founder of the online school Mandolins Heal the World, is regarded as one of the most eclectic mandolin players and top mandolin instructors on the scene today. Don’s patient, detailed teaching style is appreciated by students of all levels; his YouTube mandolin instructional videos have garnered more than three-quarters of a million views. Don has previously taught at the Mandolin Symposium (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Elderly Instruments (Lansing, Mich.), Dusty Strings (Seattle, Wash.), Classical Mandolin Society of America conventions, National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival (Weiser, Idaho), Richter Mandolin Camp (Bloomington, Ind.), Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Music (Padua, Italy), Midwest Mandolin Festival (Indianapolis, Ind.), and others. His hands-on workshops focus on developing good left- and right-hand skills, along with a dose of ear training and music theory.

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