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MUSKEGON, MI - Mandolin Workshop

Saturday, October 12 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Seabolt Violin Shop - North Muskegon, MI (click for info)

Muskegon Mandolin Workshop
Saturday, October 12
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:30)
Instructor: Brian Oberlin
Cost: $50 (includes chili for lunch)
Location:  Seabolt Violin and Bow Shop
                   69 N Peterson Rd.
                   North Muskegon, MI 49445
How to sign-up: Please RSVP by contacting Brian Oberlin (
How to pay:  In person, you can pay Dan Seabolt at his violin shop, or pay upon arrival. Checks can made to Brian Oberlin.

This mandolin workshop will initially focus on technique, reading tablature, rhythm, chords, melody and the necessary tools that accompany folk and bluegrass music. For the second half of the workshop, students will attain newfound knowledge on chord movement, theory, musicianship and improvisation for swing and bluegrass. Beginning techniques for Italian classical mandolin will be covered as well.  Charts will be provided in notation and tablature. The workshop is taught by Michigan’s own Brian Oberlin; a seasoned and professional mandolinist and educator for 20 years.

Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his decades long professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. Brian celebrated the release of his 20th album in May, 2016; Troubadour which features Brian playing solo and singing original music. Along with the myriad of award-winning bands (Full Cord, The Journeymen, Grasshoppah, GER Mandolin Orchestra with Mike Marshall and Twin Mandolin Slingers with Evan J. Marshall) and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe, Brian is also the founder and director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp, the Great Lakes Mandolin Camp and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Brian was a top ten finalist at the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest, an instructor/performer at the 2012, 2013 and 2017 International Mandolin Academy in Italy, a featured soloist at the 2014 & 2018 EuroFest Plucked String Festival in Bruchsal, Germany, and a featured soloist at the 2015 Mandolin Upgrade festival in Berlin, Germany. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at art centers, cultural events, festivals, camps, music schools and academies.