Mandolin Double Stops, Tunes & Techniques w/John Reischman

Mandolin Double Stops, Tunes & Techniques w/John Reischman

John Reischman

Saturday, November 11th

1:00 pm (event ends at 4:45 pm)


Mandolin Double Stops, Tunes & Techniques
In concert with the California Banjo Extravaganza at the Freight, Saturday, November 11, 8 p.m.:

John teaches two 75-minute sessions, both designed for all levels of players, from 1 to 3:45 p.m. At 4 p.m., all participants will come together in the main performance hall for a final Q & A session with guitarist Tim Stafford and banjo players Charlie Cushman and Bob Carlin.

This is a hands-on, “bring your mandolin and let’s pick” afternoon with topics appropriate for all levels of players. Experience this unique opportunity to learn up close from one of the best players and teachers in the world. Audio and videotaping of workshops are allowed.

At the conclusion of the Mini-Camp, store your instrument safely at the Freight, grab dinner in downtown Berkeley and come back to enjoy the California Banjo Extravaganza in concert at 8 p.m.

Session 1: 1 to 2:15 p.m. Mandolin Double Stops A double stop refers to the technique of playing two notes simultaneously on two separate strings. Double stops are an essential element of bluegrass mandolin playing. Students will learn a variety of double stops from simple drones in open keys, to moveable closed positions that can be used in a variety of keys, and apply them to bluegrass songs and tunes.

Session 2: 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.: Tunes and Techniques In this workshop, students will look at the techniques involved in playing some of John’s original tunes and how these ideas can be applied to other tunes. The class will look at tremolo and double stops for “North Shore,” the frailing/drone pattern used for “Salt Spring,” and straight-ahead single note playing in different octaves applied to “Little Pine Siskin.”
John Reischman
John Reischman
About John Reischman John Reischman is one of the premier mandolin players of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards. He’s an understated visionary, the kind of master craftsman whose music is virtuosic without ever being flashy and who is renowned for this impeccable taste and tone. A Juno-nominated and Grammy-award winning artist, John began his career in California with the Good Ol’ Persons and the Tony Rice Unit. In the 1990’s, John moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and in the 21st century has led the band John Reischman and the Jaybirds, drawing from the best bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the Pacific Northwest.

Today, John teaches video lessons for Peghead Nation ( He has taught at most every major bluegrass camp in the world, including the CBA Music Camp, Walker Creek Music Camp, Steve Kaufman’s Kamp in Tennessee and both Sore Fingers (England) and Nimble Fingers (Canada) music camps, among many others.

What folks are saying about John Reischman: “One of the true tone poets of American acoustic music…always placing the right note in the right place with the right tone and touch…throughout, Reischman’s full-throated mandolin never overplays or forces a point on the listener. The music is open, inviting, and engaging on multiple levels at once, telling musical stories without words like the birds in the tall pine trees or the waves upon the dark and rolling sea.” Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Questions? Email Bill Evans at

Note: Pre-registration is recommended for this event. Those choosing to register on the day of the event should arrive by 12:15 p.m., while others should arrive by 12:30 p.m. We will hit the ground running at 1 p.m. Participants may choose any workshop topic.