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Title: NYC Mando Seminar
Post by: chaoscat on Apr 20, 2007, 04:07:43 PM
For any of you local to New York City, Orrin Star is giving Mandolin workshops on Sunday 4/29/07. One from 2:00-4:15 on rhythm mandolin and a second from 4:45-7:00 on lead mandolin. I'm attending at least the first one on rhythm.

Who's Orrin Star? He's been around in Bluegrass music for a long time. He was a national champion guitar flatpicker (that seminar is on Saturday) and he is a super mandolin player.

Seminars are $45 each

for more info go to
Title: Re: NYC Mando Seminar
Post by: jenford on Apr 21, 2007, 07:56:16 PM
Do you have the link for the workshop?  Location registration etc?

Jen Ford
Title: Re: NYC Mando Seminar
Post by: chaoscat on Apr 23, 2007, 04:49:19 PM
He's got kind of an odd website. As you navigate the site, the address never changes. Go to Click on Schedule in the left hand menu. Scroll down to April 29 and then click on the specific workshop to see the details. There is no "on line" registration, as such. You just send him a direct email at and tell him you want to come. He responded back to me on the same day.
Title: Re: NYC Mando Seminar
Post by: chaoscat on May 01, 2007, 04:41:17 PM
So, I go to Orrin Star's rhythm mando workshop in NYC. It's in a place called the Parkside lounge, waaay down on the lower east side of Manhattan. Definitely not one of the nicer neighborhoods. I'm running late as the Holland tunnel traffic was terrible, so I'm rushing to get there. Miracle of miracles, I actually find a place to park on the street (in NYC that can be a good  thing or a bad thing) a few blocks away from where it's supposed to be. I trot up and down the block looking for the place. No sign out front or anything that says Parkside. I finally spot a little neon address sign that has the right number above a sign that says "Bar"- I'd actually passed it twice. Calling it a dive would be an insult to dives everywhere. Seeing no other options I went inside (where it did not look any better) and saw no sign of a mandolin seminar. Fortunately the bartender saw the mando on my back, took pity and told me to go to the back room.
(I still wasn't sure if there was a mando seminar back there, or if she thought I was there for something entirely different.)

Fortunately, there actually was a small room there there, not much bigger than my living room, with a small stage - and there were seven mando players in it. (whew, I thought, I will probably live another day)

The seminar itself was pretty good. It was really geared toward new mandolin players, which I am, so that worked out OK. If you're an intermediate player already familiar with mando chords and songs, it would be a waste of your time. He worked through about a half dozen songs, mostly bluegrass, one Irish tune and a reggae number. The focus was primarily on strumming rhythms, which makes sense as this WAS the rhythm seminar, and learning some useful chord transistions. He played a few example songs on the sound system, some of which we played along with. At the break, we all went out front and got beer at the bar.(safety in numbers, you know) He did supply us with chord charts, with tab, for the songs on 2 sheets of paper. But, other than that there were no materials. All in all it was entirely OK.

I didn't stay for the lead seminar. After 2 hours chording the mando, my fingers were shot - plus this place was bad enough in the day time,  I reeaallly didnt want to be leaving there after dark.
Title: Re: NYC Mando Seminar
Post by: nhfiddler on May 01, 2007, 05:26:16 PM
Sounds pretty scary - glad it worked out for you.  I'm already saving for Mando Camp North 2008.  Maybe you could see if this would be more to your liking - I thought I got a fair amount out of it.  The teachers and staff were great - they covered all levels of play, & styles from BG to Klezmer to Blues.
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