Unlocking The Fretboard

10 Week Course w/ Dominick Leslie 
Featuring Special Guest Master Classes w/
 Sierra Hull & Jake Jolliff

Class Description

Sept 23- December 2nd
No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Wednesdays 4pm CST - CLASS FULL 

Thursdays 6PM CST - CLASS FULL 

Live Zoom Classes + Recordings of Class
 +  Weekly Assignments

In this 10 week cumulative course, Dominick Leslie will be your guide through chord theory, harmony and contemporary improvisation for intermediate/advanced level players.  If you are  looking to expand the horizons of your left hand and gather practice tools for approaching more challenging material, this is the class for you. 

You will be able to walk away with a well rounded knowledge of the mandolin fretboard. Working together with your classmates, students will grow more confident as musicians and be able to apply what you learn in real world musical scenarios. 

Master Class Teachers Sierra Hull and Jake Jolliff will join in for a few select classes to both witness the development of the students as well as add additional feedback and pointers along the way.

Each week, Dominick will send your lesson to you 6 days before your class. Then you, as the student have all week to practice and prepare for class. You will be expected to come to class prepared with the assignment. 

Weather it is a song, a technical assignment, a transcribed solo, or another exercise, you will be expected to have put the time into the assignment before showing up to class.  

Time in class will be spent breaking down difficult passages, moving through technical hurdles and making sure that each student has the opportunity to have questions answered.  

Classes will be limited in number so that there is space and time for students to connect with Dominick, and share the work they have been putting into their development on the mandolin.
  • We are looking for 10-15 serious students who will show up prepared for class and who are dedicated to the advancement of their mandolin playing abilities
  • ​In this class, you will come away with a basic understanding of chords, music theory and harmony as they lay out on the mandolin
  •  Apply these ideas to musical examples from the classic American songbook
  • ​Participate in at least two classes featuring guests Sierra Hull and Jake Jolliff
  • ​Receive a video recording of each class so you can continue to practice on your own

Sample Lesson From Dominick Leslie:

    About Dominick Leslie

    "Leslie explores many lands and many moods, with a wide, redolent tone and the big, always-listening ears of a team player.” 
    - Michael Eck for Mandolin Cafe, August 2020

    Colorado native Dominick Leslie has been around live music all his life,
    having attended his first bluegrass festival when he was just five months old. His innovative mandolin playing and musical curiosity are clearly informed by these deep roots. Dominick has studied with mandolin masters David Grisman, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, won numerous mandolin championships, and performed abroad with several different musical configurations. He has toured with The Deadly Gentlemen, Missy Raines, The Bee Eaters, The Grant Gordy Quartet, Noam Pikelny and Friends, The Infamous Stringdusters, Tony Trischka, The Brotet featuring Sam Grisman, Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith and is currently playing with Hawktail, Sam Reider and the Human Hands and Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers.

    About our Guest Master Class Teachers

    Sierra Hull 

    In her first 25 years alone, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sierra Hull hit more milestones than many musicians accomplish in a lifetime. After making her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, the Tennessee-bred virtuoso mandolinist played Carnegie Hall at age 12, then landed a deal with Rounder Records just a year later. Now 28-years-old, Hull is set to deliver her fourth full- length for Rounder: an elegantly inventive and endlessly captivating album called 25 Trips. 

    Revealing her profound warmth as a storyteller, 25 Trips finds Hull shedding light on the beauty and chaos and sometimes sorrow of growing up and getting older. To that end, the album’s title nods to a particularly momentous year of her life, including her marriage to fellow bluegrass musician Justin Moses and the release of her widely acclaimed album Weighted Mind—a Béla Fleck- produced effort nominated for Best Folk Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. 

    “There’s a lot of push-and-pull on this record, where in some moments I feel like everything’s happening so fast and I wish I could slow it all down so I can really enjoy it,” Hull points out. “But then there are also times where I’m looking forward to the day when the craziness has died down a bit, and life’s a little calmer.” 

    Immediately proving the power of that approach, 25 Trips lures the listener into its unpredictable sonic world on the beguiling opening track “Beautifully Out of Place.” With its shifting tempos and gently tempestuous mood, the song was sparked from words of encouragement spoken by Hull’s husband at a time of self-doubt and confusion. “I remember Justin saying to me, ‘I believe in you, so you’re just going to have to learn to believe in yourself,’” she recalls. “That inspired the first line for me, and the song just wrote itself from there.” 

    Marking a bold new era in Hull’s artistic evolution, 25 Trips wholly channels the pure and palpable joy she discovered in the album’s creation—and ultimately illuminates certain truths about the indelible connection between risk-taking and reward. “One of the things I most enjoyed about making this record was getting to show the wide variety of music I love,” says Hull. “I don’t really know what category the album falls in, but I also think that matters less and less. What really matters to me is trusting myself to be who I am, and just putting my voice and my heart out there in the most sincere way that I possibly can.”

    Jake Jolliff 

    Over the years, Jacob has had pleasure of sharing the stage with many legendary musicians spanning many genres including Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Bowers, John Popper, The David Grisman Quintet, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Michael Daves, and many more. Currently, he lives in New York City, and (outside of the pandemic) can be heard around town playing with his own projects as well as sitting in with his friends' groups in a wide range of styles.

    Jacob Jolliff was born into a musical family in Newberg, OR. His dad started him on the mandolin at age seven and required him to practice ten minutes a day. But after six months of practicing this minimal amount, something clicked, and almost overnight he started putting in several hours of intense practice daily. And this hasn't really changed in the last 20 years.

     During his formative years, Jake he had the opportunity to meet and play with many of his heroes, including Ronnie McCoury, David Grisman, and Chris Thile. Though Jacob was mostly self-taught at this point, lessons with great players such as these kept him inspired and moving forward. 

     In 2008, during his sophomore year of college, he joined the New England based roots music band, Joy Kills Sorrow. Over the next few years the group toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, playing hundreds of clubs, theaters, and festivals. Because of the group's rigorous schedule, it was a challenge for him to stay in school, but he still managed to graduate in 2011. Shortly after, in 2012, he won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

     Jacob went on his first tour with YMSB in June of that year. He immediately connected musically and personally with the band, and they asked him to play the rest of 2014 with them. In May 2015, they announced him as an official member. Thus far they've released one album, Black Sheep, featuring Jacob and are currently working on another. 

    His original project, The Jake Jolliff Band features a lot of Jacob's original instrumentals, as well as showcasing his singing, which has been a big part of what he does in recent years. 

    Questions or Comments?

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    We have worked hard to make sure these classes are curated specifically to meet the needs of our community, at this unique moment in history and want to make sure that you have a voice in the process as well as the opportunity to learn from these world greats!

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