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Brian Oberlin to host mandolin workshop

Internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator Brian Oberlin will host a mandolin workshop Saturday, March 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA).
Oberlin's workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate mandolin players and he will be focusing on all purpose techniques and self-accompaniment.
Cost of the workshop is $40 for LACA members and $45 for non-members. All workshop students will also receive a ticket to Oberlin's 7:30 p.m. solo mandolin concert Saturday, March 4 at LACA. Visit to register for the workshop.
Additional tickets to the concert are$10 in advance or $15 at the door. Purcahse concert tickets online at
Students will learn some basics with technique and chords, then we’ll move onto standards in the bluegrass, folk and swing genres to exercise the mind and left and right hands. A section of the workshop will cover the fun topic of how melodies and chords can collaborate to make your easy and well known songs sound unique but authentic. There will also be time for Q & A. All charts will be provided in notation and tablature and the content is suitable for beginner and intermediate mandolinists.
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. Along with the myriad award-winning bands and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe (Full Cord, Grasshoppah, GER Mandolin Orchestra/Mike Marshall and Twin Mandolin Slingers/Evan J. Marshall), Brian is also the founder/director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp, the Great Lakes Mandolin Camp, the Michigan Mandolin Orchestra and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Of his accolades, his most recent stint was Full Cord winning the 2022 Momentum Band of the Year from the IBMA and the 2022 Telluride band contest. Brian was a featured song-writer at the 2021 IBMA awards. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at a variety of venues and events around the world. Brian’s website ( is a great resource for not only his appearances but features FREE content for budding mandolinists on the Lesson Hub.

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