INTERMEDIATE /ADVANCED MANDOLIN

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Adrian Gross – The Slocan Ramblers

Adrian Gross is a mandolinist, guitarist and composer based in Toronto. Originally from Montreal, Adrian relocated to Toronto to study music at Humber College. He has since decided to call Toronto home, quickly becoming a fixture on the city’s acoustic music scene, and co-leading The Slocan Ramblers, one of Canada’s leading roots acts (“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!” – BBC Radio). Adrian can regularly be found performing with the Slocans across North America. He plays mandolin and guitar in a variety of styles from folk to bluegrass, klezmer to jazz, chamber music to modern classical music, while keeping a busy career as a sideman and session musician. He has performed and recorded with many of Canada’s leading musicians, and can be found performing with group such as Kevin Breit’s Upper York Mandolin Quartet, Ozere and others. Adrian has also been a featured mandolinist with contemporary classical ensembles Continuum, Soundstream and ensembles from The Glenn Gould School.

Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin

Adrian’s Intermediate Mandolin workshop will cover everything you need to take your playing to the next level. All aspects of good mandolin playing will be covered – proper pick technique, expanded chord knowledge, playing with confident rhythm, building a jam-ready repertoire and most importantly, how to play with fellow pickers. Bluegrass will be the focus, and we’ll discuss adding tremolo and double stops to bring life to your breaks and how to start improvising over tunes we know. Bring a recording device and off we go!

Prerequisites: Students should be able to jam comfortably with others on bluegrass songs and fiddle tunes, trading basic chords with strong rhythm, and be working toward solid lead breaks.

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