Mandolin Lessons Boulder CO

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Mandolin Lessons Boulder CO

 

Mandolin Lessons Boulder CO

 

Boulder Guitar Studio offers mandolin lessons boulder co. You can learn guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, dobro, lap steel, songwriting, music theory and more! Instructor Lee Johnson has 22 yrs full time experience creating custom programs for his students. Also, Lee has helped hundreds of students! If you have always wanted to get into a program but you weren’t sure how, now you have found the right place! First, you can email lee@boulderguitra.com to chat about schedule options. Hours are 10am-7pm weekdays. Next, Lee will ask you some questions about your ability, goals, and favorite styles of music. Finally, Lee will create a fun, custom program just for you! if you are looking for Mandolin Lessons Boulder CO you found the right place!

 

Shopping for Mandolins:

The price range starts around $200 on the low end and goes up into several thousands, depending on what your needs are. A basic started model is all you need if you are a beginner. However you need to make sure it stays in tune and plays well enough that you get accurate feedback. If you tune it correctly and it still sounds out of tune, it may be a lower quality instrument that you will have a hard time with. However, you don’t need to go buy a vintage Gibson and spend 5k! You can set up an initial lesson, and Lee will help you make this decision. There are several local stores that have mandolins. Robbs Boulder Music, and HB Woodsongs are 2 great local stores. Another good resource is Sweetwater Audio where you can cross check prices.

 

Body Styles Of Mandolins:

 

There are many styles of mandolin, but three are common, the Neapolitan or round-backed mandolin, the carved-top mandolin and the flat-backed mandolin. The round-back has a deep bottom, constructed of strips of wood, glued together into a bowl. The carved-top or arch-top mandolin has a much shallower, arched back, and an arched top—both carved out of wood. The flat-backed mandolin uses thin sheets of wood for the body, braced on the inside for strength in a similar manner to a guitar. Each style of instrument has its own sound quality and is associated with particular forms of music. Neapolitan mandolins feature prominently in European classical music and traditional music. Carved-top instruments are common in American folk music and bluegrass music. Flat-backed instruments are commonly used in Irish, British and Brazilian folk music. Some modern Brazilian instruments feature an extra fifth course tuned a fifth lower than the standard fourth course.

 

History of Mandolin:

 

Early Mandolins date back many centuries, and are related to early instruments like the Lute. However most of us are interested in the Modern Mandolin. First, this instrument plays a huge role in American History. It all begins with William Smith Monroe (/mənˈr/; September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) who was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter. Also, Bill Monroe created the style of music known as bluegrass. Subsequently, the genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Monroe’s performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as the Father of Bluegrass. 

 

Mandolin History continued…

 

The next big changes in Mandolin came along when Sam Bush started using the instrument in other styles. Sam Bush was exposed to country and bluegrass music at an early age through his father Charlie’s record collection, and later by the Flatt & Scruggs television show. Subsequently, Sam learned all the pure bluegrass techniques. In addition, he then began experimenting by suing the instrument in other styles. Bluegrass purists were not happy but this didnt stop Sam. Sam became a pioneer of a style known as “New Grass” and was a member of the band New Grass Revival. Finally, in todays world, we have jam bands that use some of these influences in a more rock band format, with keyboards, and drums, which are not part of any true bluegrass band. The result is a dynamic sound that incorporates many different styles.

 

Get Started with Mandolin Lessons

 

If you are looking for Mandolin Lessons Boulder CO you found the right place! To get signed up, email lee@boulderguitar.com and see website Boulder Guitar Studio. First, we can choose a day and time that works for your schedule. Next, Lee will work with you to determine your background, ability, and goals. Also, Lee will create a custom program to help you reach these goals. The program will involve a balance between learning the “technical” side of music, and learning your favorite songs! Finally, you can get the custom program you need to reach your goals! If you would prefer lessons in your own home, see My Local Music Lessons, where instructors come to you.

 

 

 

 

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