CCMC 2014 Schedule

(scroll down for workshops)

Friday, September 26, 2014

12noon – 7pm



arrival & jams

early workshop




Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:00pm 9:30pm


ensemble rehearsals


ensemble rehearsals

free time
& jams


free time
& jams


Sunday, September 28, 2014





CCMC 2014 Workshops


1) Traditional Italian Folk Music
In Western Europe, Italy has one of the oldest and an extremely varied folk song history dating back to antiquity. This workshop will present historical, technical information and some of the repertoire based on the first and foremost comprehensive mandolin books Traditional Southern Italian Mandolin and Fiddle Tunes and Italian Folk Music for Mandolin, by John La Barbera (Mel Bay Publications). You will be amazed by the vast repertoire and variety of styles including the Pizzica, Pizzica Tarantata, Tarantella (including 16th century tarantelle used for healing), the Tarantella Montemarinese and Tammurriata.

2) Harmony and How to Improvise Supporting Lines under A Melody
Understanding chordal harmony is essential for improvisation to many styles of music. We will explore how it relates to Italian music. In particular, we will take a look at some of the folk repertoire and the “Ballo Liscio” style, (made up of two mandolins and guitar) and work on improvising supporting lines for the second mandolin.


1) Improvising Bluegrass
The most important part is keeping that melody in place. We’ll take some common BG standards and find an easy way to (a) state the melody, (b), improvise around that, (c), use a few choice licks to end your break with uuumph!!!!

2) Mandolin Technique
Developing sound practice habits and learning your neck – I’ll show you some good things to keep in mind while practicing to minimize the work. Learning the neck of your instrument is by far the biggest problem I see! I’ll show you an exercise you can do without even holding a mandolin that will help commit the neck to memory.

BEVERLY WOODS (beginners track):

1) How to Learn Tunes *
You hear a tune you would really like to play, or find one written in a book that looks good — how do you get your mind and fingers around that tune so that you can add it to your repertoire? The mandolin is a great instrument on which to learn tunes, and we’ll explore techniques that will help you learn and retain tunes more easily. We will be working by ear, so no music reading experience is required.

2) What Goes With That Tune? Jamming and Backup Skills *
While you are learning a tune in a jam, or after you know it and want to do some arranging, how do you know what to put where? We’ll explore a bit of basic theory and tune structure to help get you playing backup and harmony quickly.

3) Vocal Workshop (with Nancy Harrowitz)


1) Improvisation: Pentatonics, Phrasing and Vocabulary
We will begin with pentatonics: a great basis for improvisation in any style, especially bluegrass and jazz. We’ll go on to talk about phrasing: identifying the natural beginnings and endings of musical sentences. We’ll work on specific devices for restating and embellishing the melody, and building your improvisational vocabulary.

SPECIAL 2pm FRIDAY WORKSHOP (for early arrivers):
2) Mandolin Techique and Chord Vocabulary
We’ll start by discussing effective and efficient techniques for developing tone, and summarize some schools of thought regarding technique. Then we’ll discuss simple devices for building chords on the mandolin (and some logical but not-so-simple ones too!).

3) Bach in the Morning
J.S. Bach didn’t compose for mandolin, yet his music is like nothing else on our instrument: meditative, challenging, and yet endlessly rewarding. We’ll look at some of his solo music, and read some of his ensemble music together.


1) Eastern European Musical Traditions *
The music of Eastern Europe; klezmer, Balkan, Greek and Gypsy traditions, are well suited to mandolin family instruments. We’ll explore unique scales, modes and odd meter rhythms (7/8, 11/16, etc) typically used in these styles, and learn to play a few pieces. For all instruments and levels.

2) Old-Time Mandolin
We’ll explore the role of mandolin in traditional American string bands and jug bands and learn to play a couple of traditional old-time tunes. We’ll discuss adding in double stops, slides, shuffles; adapting fiddle bowing patterns to mandolin; how to come up with melodic variations while staying appropriate to the style. Tunes are taught by ear, sheet music will also be provided. Open to all mandolin family instruments and levels.


3) Chord Construction Basics *
We’ll discuss how major and minor chords are constructed and learn an easy system of playing inversions up the neck. From there we can look at other types of chords, including sevenths, suspended, etc. Once you’ve learned a few simple shapes, it’s possible to play any chord, and in any key. This class is for mandolin or any mandolin-family instrument, fiddle, tenor banjo, or anything tuned in fifths!

*for all instruments

Beginners Track
Beginners will work with Beverly Woods — a patient teacher with a gift for making it all understandable and getting the students playing. Each teacher will cover a variety of topics designed to get everyone playing in a group. Beginners are welcome to attend other workshops also, or move between beginners’ track teachers. They’ll get lots of individual attention to make sure they’re getting off on the right foot!

Saturday Night Faculty Concert
John T. LaBarbera with L’Esperence Mandolin Ensemble & Jesse Cobb with CCMC faculty
This concert will be open to the entire Cape community: an entertaining and thoughtful presentation of the world of mandolin music by the faculty of CCMC, along with John T. Barbera and Jesse Cobb performing with mandolin orchestra and CCMC faculty. Admission price is included with CCMC tuition.

Guitars and other instruments at CCMC
There’s room for guitars (both folk and classical) in most of the ensembles. Some ensembles can also accommodate fiddles, bass, banjo, and other instruments as well. Musicians who play these instruments are welcome to participate fully in the camp — every workshop period will offer classes that are not mandolin-specific. When you register, just let us know any instrument you’ll be playing.

Ensemble Performances
Playing in an ensemble is a thrill — mandolin is such a sociable instrument! The Camp will present an opportunity for mandolinists of all levels to play, rehearse and perform in a group, and to work on those ensemble-playing skills that just can’t be addressed by practicing alone.

Ensembles will be separated by level, style, and amount of interest in preparation before the festival. Some ensembles will be completely “by ear,” and give the participants a chance to create an arrangement by working together, while others will pursue a polished ensemble sound while playing written, arranged and improvisational music. For those interested in preparing before the festival begins, written parts will be provided in both standard notation and tablature.


Radim Zenkl leads his advanced students in performance, CCMC 2005