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The Handmade Music School presents Strategies for Developing Right Hand Technique on the Mandolin with Jacob Jolliff on Sunday, April 4, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:30pm. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is $30.

In this workshop I’ll outline various ways of tackling right hand pick technique as it applies to the mandolin. Through trial and error and studying the greats, I’ve developed my personal philosophy for the right hand in regard to speed, tone production, and facility. The workshop will touch on the various strategies I’ve used, and additionally I’ll take questions on the subject.

Jacob Jolliff grew up just south of Portland, OR. He was awarded a full scholarship to The Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2007. Shortly after graduating from Berklee, he won the National Mandolin Championship. In 2014, he joined the progressive bluegrass group, Yonder Mountain String Band. He toured with YMSB until the end of 2019, releasing two albums with them. Currently the mandolinist is focusing on his own group, The Jacob Jolliff Band, which includes some of the most virtuosic young acoustic musicians in the world. With The JJB, he released an album of all original material in 2018 entitled “Instrumentals Vol. 1.”


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