Mandolin Workshop with Jesper Rübner-Petersen - 2017


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Mandolin Workshop with Jesper Rübner-Petersen - 2017

Postby jrpmandolin » Tue May 16, 2017 9:40 am

The 3rd Bluegrass / Oldtime Mandolin Workshop
with Jesper Rübner-Petersen
South Petherton, Somerset (UK)

Sat. Sept 30th – Sun. Oct 1st, 2017

During this course Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these genres. Both solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Exercises for improvisation and short forays into music theory will round off the course material. In addition to the principal themes of Bluegrass and Oldtime, individual examples taken from swing, Blues and/or New Acoustic Music may also be included in the course.

Participants will be split into small, individual groups at various points in the programme enabling players to alternate between soloing and accompaniment so they can fully explore the tunes and exercises.

The course is limited to 16 participants to ensure that all players receive personal instruction and supervision. There will be short breaks for refreshments (e.g. coffee, tea and cake) between the individual course sections. This gives participants an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas or take part in small sessions.

About Jesper:
Jesper Rübner-Petersen was born on the 8th of July 1969 in Aarhus, Denmark, where he grew up with bluegrass and acoustic music, to which he was exposed by his banjo-playing father. At the age of 12 Jesper began playing the guitar and very soon was playing in different oldtime and bluegrass bands, performing at gigs and festivals all over Europe. Besides playing bluegrass, Jesper decided to follow the jazz programme at the "American Institute of Music" in Vienna (Austria), which he completed in March 1993. In 1994, after years of intensive guitar playing, Jesper bought himself a mandolin so that he could try out a second instrument - a purchase that changed his life. In July 2000 Jesper moved to Southern Germany, where he also started a professional career as a guitar and mandolin teacher. At the same time, he started teaching at Beppe Gambetta's Summer Workshop, the International Workshop Musique Acoustique in Belgium, the mandolin workshop at the New Acoustic Gallery and other local workshops. Also, Jesper’s book on Bluegrass improvisation (released by Mel Bay in spring 2010) has been a great success, with more then 5,000 copies sold.
Jesper is devoted to developing his own style and sound while playing everything from traditional and modern bluegrass to swing and jazz
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