Mandolin Instruction-- Materials and Transcriptions by Debora Chen
Mandolin Symposium 2008--Debora Chen Workshops
A comparatively recent arrival among North American summer music camps,  a Mandolin Symposium (by David Grisman and Mike Marshall), now in its fifth year, brings together some of the world's finest professional mandolinists and mandolin enthusiasts of every level of skill and experience for six days of classes, concerts, and late-night jamming.  Styles of music span the globe and the technical possibilities of the instrument-- Choro, Celtic, Jazz, Swing, Bluegrass, Dawg Music, Classical, to name a few.  Specific class offerings and participating faculty change each year. 

For 2008, Mike Marshall and David Grisman have brought together faculty from all over the musical and physical world:  Danilo Brito,
Ashley Broder, Debora Chen, Rich DelGrosso, Paul Glasse, Steve Gilchrist, Caterina Lichtenberg, Dudu Maia, Ronnie McCoury, Herschel Sizemore, Andy Statman, and Tony Williamson.

Full class listings for all 2008 faculty: 
2008 Class Descriptions 
2008 Class Schedule

Additional Details and download-able chamber music PDF's for classes taught by Debora Chen:

JUNE 23- 28, 2008
Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist 7:10-7:50 Tuesday- Friday

Classical Session-- held after each evening showcase concert, ~10:00--12:00
For those who would like to practice a few chamber music pieces in advance, downloadable pdf's of some suggested pieces are below.  Other downloadable pdf's may be added later.  There will be many other pieces available at the session (e.g. Beethoven-- Adagio for Mandolin, Bach-- Brandenburg Concerti, et al).  
If you are interested in playing the larger, more difficult pieces, please let us know so we can determine if we have critical mass. (Everything below is notation only except Bach Invention No. 4)

 Anonymous --Trio for 2 mandolins and bass (gimo 359)  mando I, mando II, bass
-- Duet for 2 mandolins (Gimo 147)
Barbella-- Duet for 2 mandolins and bass (gimo 18) zipped pdfs
Caudioso-- Concerto for mandolin, 2 violins and bass (gimo 58) zipped pdfs
Ugolini--Concerto for mandolin, 2 violins and bass (gimo 297) zipped pdfs
Pachelbel-- Canon in D  zipped pdfs
Haydn-- Quartet in D, Op 76. No. 5--  score ,
mando I, mando II, mandola, cello
Mozart-- Table Music for Two
Mozart-- Canonzetta from Don Giovanni zipped pdfs
J.S. Bach-- Concerto for 2 Violins in Dm  zipped pdfs

Vivaldi-- Autumn mando I, mando II, mandola, cello, solo mando
Excerpt from Bach 2-Part Invention No. 4 (includes tab)

Mandolin Symposium information

 Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist-- details TBA
“Abundant bland comestibles derange eaters;  frequent gasps help immensely...”
Could you have ever learned to read English if you used a mnemonic to remember its alphabet?  Every good mandolinist would do well to forget the oft quoted fate of ‘every good boy’.  There is a better way....This class series is devised to break the aspiring mandolinist's addiction to TAB.   Instructional material includes carefully designed exercises from Debora Chen's book, "Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist", composed specifically to exploit the idiosyncrasies of the mandolin to highlight easy note recognition and foster good technique.  With this 4-class series, you can,
in less than 4 hours, convert from a decades-addicted tab reader to a musical literate able to read an adaptation from J.S. Bach's Partita III for Unaccompanied violin.  (Yes, really.)

New section this year will include a class on reading chords, relating the staff the chord diagrams mandolinists know and love.

“Debora Chen has a clear and clean approach to teaching reading music notation. For you 'pickers' out there who have not been able to crack that barrier, go see her. She'll make it fun too!” -- Mike Marshall

"Debora Chen's Standard Notation for the Tab Addicted class was among the most well-attended classes of the 2006 Mandolin Symposium. Her clear, patient teaching received rave reviews from students who enthusiastically clamored for her return in 2007. We believe learning to read music opens a vast world to players of all types and enthusiastically endorse Debora's work to bring musical literacy to the mandolin world." -- Patrice O'Neil, Mandolin Symposium Staff

"I cannot possibly tell you how much it means to me to be able to read standard music and have it come out of my instrument in real time. Her simple, clear exercises were extremely helpful in getting over this life-long hurdle." -- Mandolin Symposium Student