Mandolin Chord Construction Workshop
Tim Connell
Happy Valley School of Music (location map)
Sunday, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
09/08/19 - 09/22/19 (3 weeks)

Good news, mandolin players: there are only three shapes for forming triads on the mandolin fretboard!

In this three-week class, we’ll learn how to locate the scale tones 1, 3 and 5 in any key so that we can all build our own chord voicings and put the chord diagram industry out of business : )

Students will learn to play “Minor Swing” by Django Reinhardt and “This Land is Your Land” as vehicles to practice the three shapes in all keys.

Tim presents a simple theoretical explanation and a hands-on visual framework (with hand-outs for future reference) for forming basic major and minor chords anywhere on the neck.

About Tim Connell:
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with over twenty years professional performing experience, Tim Connell has created a sophisticated and original global mandolin style.  Regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of Brazilian choro, Tim has also developed his own unique voice for the instrument, described in a recent Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”  

Tim regularly tours Europe and North America in the international mandolin supergroup The Ger Mandolin Orchestra. He has been a featured guest artist at national conventions of the Classical Mandolin Society of America; he has been on staff at the prestigious Mandolin Symposium for several years and performs and teaches all over the country.

Tim has performed alongside top Brazilian musicians including Dudu Maia, Choro das Tres, Alessandro Penezzi, Eduardo Neves and Almir Cortes. He collaborates with jazz clarinet superstar Harvey Wainapel and the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and performed in the premeire of Wainapel’s new piece at the Berkeley Festival of Choro in May 2015.  Tim has performed with a roster of the greatest living American mandolinists, including David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg, Rich Del Grosso, Chris Acquvella and many others. 

Tim is a restless and prolific bandleader and arranger, sideman and studio musician, currently touring with his Brazilian choro duo Rio Con Brio, 1930’s-era swing quartet Stumptown Swing, world mandolin duo Mando Planet and guitar wizard Eric Skye. In addition, Tim is an integral member of Americana songsters The Old Yellers, currently riding high on their new release "Ten from Town". In his solo act, Tim shares his career-long exploration of the world's many musical styles as realized on the mandolin and voice.

As a veteran teacher and workshop presenter, Tim has taught at the Alaska Folk Arts Camp and the Wintergrass Festival School among many other music camps.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Additionally, Tim was a contributor to the number-one selling mandolin instructional book, "Mandolin for Dummies".  He is also in-demand as an ensemble coach for both professional and amateur groups of all styles and instruments, helping bands improve their sound and overall vision and cleaning up arrangements as they head into the recording studio.

Additional workshop details:

There will be a short 10 minute break and also light snacks and drinks provided.

A limit of 12 students per workshop to create an intimate learning environment.  Drop-in rate is $60.

Please call Tracy Kim for questions: (503)236-8613

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