Steve Smith is well-known for his mastery of the mandolin and has toured and performed most of his life. From the bluegrass festival stage to the symphony hall, Steve is a true virtuoso.

Co-founder of DNA Music Camps, he’s been on faculty at premier camps including Camp Bluegrass, Colorado Roots Camp, and Kaufman Kamp. Having toured with the likes of Jim Hurst and Alan Munde and appeared at major festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Walnut Valley Festival.

These days Steve is on the road with The Trio and also the Tim May & Steve Smith Duo. Steve is in demand as a teacher and recording engineer at his studio in Las Cruces, NM (The Cave).

Intermediate to Advanced Mandolin

This class will cover developing mandolin solos and kickoffs for vocals tunes in bluegrass and roots styles. Many mandolin players don’t learn the basics of developing solos based on melodies and they often find themselves in a “deer in the headlights” moment when someone says”take it”. By targeting the chord tones, scales patterns and double stops you can easily find the melody of a tune and shape it to fit the style and arrangement (and your style!). The class will begin every session working on the fundamentals of right and left hand technique to develop and generate your tone, drive and feel for any kind of tune.