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    I had a long talk with Andy Statman a couple of nights ago and it seems he is finally doing lessons online. It's not something he's "rolling out" in a big way or publicizing... but if you want to study with one of the greatest musicians and mandolinists in the world you would give your playing an incredible boost by studying with Andy. Not only is he unsurpassed as a player - his knowledge of ALL music is just staggering. You wanna learn about Bluegrass? Andy. You wanna play blues or jazz? Andy. You wanna learn all the greatest tunes and solos done by the likes of Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Frank Wakefield, Bobby Osborne, The Dawg etc...? Andy Statman. Music theory, improvisation, reading music... Andy is just an amazing resource and a superb teacher.

    It's a shame that neither Andy nor The Dawg never made a video course, (they both have superb audio courses that are still available) but at least now you can study with Andy online.

    I believe you can contact him through his website which is andystatman.org

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    It's been a few years, but I used to stop by Andy's for a lesson whenever I made my way out to NYC. He is a brilliant musician (obviosuly) and a great teacher. Taught me some things that I still think about today and its been over 5 years since I had those few lessons. Maybe I will reach out to him for a follow up.

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    I think you forgot that he is also a phenomenal Klezmer player, especially on clarinet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I think you forgot that he is also a phenomenal Klezmer player, especially on clarinet.
    Believe me... I didn't forget that!

    If I had wanted to talk about him giving clarinet lessons I would have posted that on The Clarinet Cafe!

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    If you decide to take lessons with Andy don't be embarrassed about how bad you play in front of him. He is a very understanding and sympathetic teacher. There may be someone somewhere who plays better than him so don't be intimidated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassweb View Post
    You wanna learn about Bluegrass? Andy. You wanna play blues or jazz? Andy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I think you forgot that he is also a phenomenal Klezmer player, especially on clarinet.
    I think his Klezmer mandolin is the most underappreciated part of his vast musical skills. There are many great Bluegrass and American style mandolin players....but very few Klezmers players have his skills.

    Of course he was Dave Tarras's prize clarinet pupil. But his Klezmer mandolin is by far one of the best Jewish styles since Dave Apollon.

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    I used to see Andy often when I lived in New York City. I took a couple of lessons with him but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to learn from him. I still am not sure. He is a real nice guy though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    I think his Klezmer mandolin is the most underappreciated part of his vast musical skills. There are many great Bluegrass and American style mandolin players....but very few Klezmers players have his skills.

    Of course he was Dave Tarras's prize clarinet pupil. But his Klezmer mandolin is by far one of the best Jewish styles since Dave Apollon.
    Nearly 15 years ago, when on the same day, he released two albums --- East Flatbush Blues and Awakening from Above --- with the same bass player and drummer. The first is Statgrass mandolin, and the second is mainly Klezmer clarinet with mandolin on one track. Both are tremendous albums. Who else could have done that?

    A few years later, he released his Old Brooklyn album, where he plays clarinet and mandolin on some original tunes and some traditional ones done untraditionally, like this one with Paul Shaffer on keyboards.



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    I used to see Andy often when I lived in New York City. I took a couple of lessons with him but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to learn from him. I still am not sure. He is a real nice guy though.
    Andy has a strong belief in the "left hand = brain / right hand = soul" approach to playing music. If you want to work on your left hand, I think that he is the teacher you go to after you have learned the rules and are ready to learn how to sound incredibly musical as you break them. If you want to work on your right hand, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride with him.
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    Andy is teaching, along with Sharon Gilchrist and a bevy of other heavy hitters at Fiddle Hell’s Spring 2021 session in late April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobar View Post
    Andy is teaching, along with Sharon Gilchrist and a bevy of other heavy hitters at Fiddle Hell’s Spring 2021 session in late April.

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    I had a lesson with Andy once. I'm sure if i actually worked on everything he told me in that one lesson, I'd be a much better mandolin player now. But it was a wonderful experience to spend time with him.
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