IN-PERSON: Beginning Mandolin

with Maxfield Anderson

Tuesday, November 2, 2021


IN-PERSON: Beginning Mandolin

  • Bluegrass
  • Celtic
  • Contemporary
  • Instrumental
  • School of Music class


Are you ready to dive head first into the wide world of mandolin? Beginner Mandolin is a group class designed to give students the essential skills they need to start playing the mandolin, and to begin making music with others.

This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of rhythm, melody, and harmony through popular mandolin repertoire. We will cover fundamental concepts – picking techniques, strumming patterns, left hand exercises, ear training, the Nashville Number System – while learning creative ways to practice and apply the concepts to our playing. Class will be taught by ear, with handouts provided afterwards.

By the end of the class, students will have acquired:

an understanding of how to hold the mandolin and pick in way that eliminates unnecessary tension and allows more freedom in our playing
how to play essential mandolin grooves
how to read and write a lead sheet
the ability to play the melody and strum the chords for a handful of tunes
ideas to keep practice productive, interesting, manageable, and fun

This class is geared towards beginner and developing mandolin players who are interested in pursuing any styles of music.

This class runs from 8:00-9:15pm and will be held on Tuesdays, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

Please note:The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Limited to 7 students (16 yrs of age or older);  Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale ends 1 hour before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Click here to read about our vaccination policy and extra safety measures the School of Music is taking.

Maxfield Anderson

Maxfield Anderson is a contemporary mandolinist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is currently studying Performance with a concentration in American Roots Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  Max was introduced to the guitar at a young age, but truly fell in love with music during his middle and high school years as a violinist in school orchestras, youth symphonies, and pits for school musicals.  He began exploring outside of classical world and fell in love with the sound Bluegrass and Western swing fiddle, and eventually the bright, powerful sound of the mandolin.

Since being accepted to Berklee in 2015, Max took part in forming Pretty Saroa modern acoustic quartet, joined the progressive folk collective – BAERD, started a weekly video series – Field Recording Sessions, spent two summer performing in the Bluegrass Jamboree at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio.  In addition to performing alongside banjo innovator Tony Trischka and revered Nashville session guitarist Bobby Stanton, Max has performed in Boston and across New England at Freshgrass, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, House of Blues, Lizard Lounge, the Burren Backroom.  He has also performed at fundraisers for the Berklee American Roots Music Program, Boston City, and Virginia Senator and Democratic Vice President-elect Tim Kaine.

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