Dennis began his teaching at Music Folk in
1997. He will be drawing on his experience in the workshop
to address the interests and questions of the workshop participants.
When you attend the workshop you will receive printed lessons
material but are still encouraged to take notes.
This session will provide an introduction for the beginning
ukulele enthusiast! We will start start with basics like holding
the instruments, strumming, picking simple melodies, and more.
For the advancing uke player, this workshop will look at what
uke players need to know about chords, scales, and "up
the neck" playing. We will also investigate chord-melody,
and more advanced strumming and finger-picking concepts!
Space is limited so advance registration is recommended.
To register you may come into Music Folk or call us at (314)
961-2838. Payment upon sign-up will ensure a spot, with out
payment you name cannot be added to the list.
Materials needed: Your own soprano, concert, OR tenor ukulele,
a notebook AND pen or pencil. We have a vast selection of
ukes to choose from if you need to buy one! Prices ranging
Workshop with Roland White
25 1-5pm $60
Advanced beginner to intermediate levels
Bluegrass mandolin master Roland White has
played in some of the most influential and popular groups
in the music's history, and has played a notable part in creating
that history. Springing from a large family of musicians,
Roland, his younger brothers Eric and Clarence, and sister
Joanne first played together as youngsters in their native
Maine. Moving to southern California in 1955, The Country
Boys (later to become The Kentucky Colonels) won talent contests,
appeared on local television shows and even landed appearances
on The Andy Griffith Show. They toured the country during
the folk music boom of the early 60's, creating a sensation
among coffeehouse, festival and college audiences with their
instrumental virtuosity, traditional brother vocal harmonies
and rhythmic innovations. The Kentucky Colonels' influence
far exceeded the their career as a touring band. Their "Appalachian
Swing" album remains one of the most important albums
of that era, a landmark in the history of bluegrass.
Moving from The Kentucky Colonels into a position as guitarist
for Bill Monroe in the late 60's, Roland absorbed the traditional
feel and repertoire from his mentor, the Father of Bluegrass,
which remains a strong element in his music today. From Monroe's
band, Roland joined that of another bluegrass pioneer, Lester
Flatt, playing mandolin and recording several albums as a
member of The Nashville Grass from 1969-1973. In 1973 a short-lived
reunion of The White Brothers was brought to an untimely end
due to Clarence White's tragic death. Of this brief reunion
came two concert recordings that capture the excitement of
the White Brothers' sound fully matured, after Clarence's
excursions in country rock with the Byrds and Roland's years
with Monroe and Flatt.
After Clarence's death Roland began a thirteen-year tenure
with the progressive west coast group Country Gazette, first
playing guitar and then mandolin, with such bluegrass luminaries
as Byron Berline, Alan Munde, Joe Carr, and Roger Bush. In
1989 Roland joined Nashville Bluegrass Band, who distinguished
themselves as the premier bluegrass band of their generation,
winning two Grammy Awards and Grammy nominations on all of
their albums. In 2000 Roland formed The Roland White Band,
and they earned a Grammy nomination for their first recording,
"Jelly On My Tofu". The band, consisting of Roland
on mandolin, Diane Bouska on guitar, Richard Bailey, banjo,
Brian Christianson, fiddle and Jon Weisberger, bass, has just
recorded a new album entitled "Straight-Ahead Bluegrass".
Roland has been honored by SPBGMA and IBMA for his achievements
and contributions to bluegrass music, but he has no plans
to retire--Roland and his band continue to perform and teach
around the world.