Fretmentor’s 3rd Annual Workshop – A Bucket List Item

Alan Munde, Byron Berline & Jim Hurst

Fretmentor’s Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, & Mandolin Workshop

Lake Worth,  Florida

Alan Munde

Almost everyone has a bucket list and I guess you can add my first meeting with Alan Munde, Byron Berline and Jim Hurst as an item on my list.  They will join me and approximately 50+ attendees at Fretmentor’s 3rd Annual Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin Workshop, to be held in Lake Worth, Florida, on January 28-29, 2012.  This workshop has been planned for the past six months and includes morning and afternoon instructional classes by these three great artists.  On Saturday, an exclusive concert for registered attendees and their paid guests will also be held.

Various sponsors have donated items for raffle drawings that will also be given away at this event (see the online brochure and sponsor list at  I appreciate all the support that has been provided by these sponsors.

Byron Berline

Rather than try to cover this topic in one Blog, I am pledging to do my best in offering my thoughts on the one of a kind event throughout the week.  It is an honor to have such legendary artists as Alan and Byron who I have followed since the age of 10.  At the same time, I believe more and more people are going to soon learn what a special guitarist and vocalist that we have in Jim Hurst.  Attendees who are learning about these individuals for the first time, as well as those familiar with these artists are in for a special treat.

Jim Hurst

So the count down towards Fretmentor’s 3rd Annual Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin Workshop begins,  as we anticipate the arrival of Alan, Byron and Jim to South Florida.  Can’t imagine a better way to remove an item from your bucket list than by coming to Florida to enjoy some music, especially if you are braving the cold and the snow up north at this time of the year. welcomes the artists, the attendees and their guests to this wonderful event.


About fretmentor

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced eight instructional books on CD as well as numerous instrumental arrangements. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and has published an article in Issue #37 of the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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One Response to Fretmentor’s 3rd Annual Workshop – A Bucket List Item

  1. avatar Stacey Podell says:

    Looking forward to a great weekend… The teachers sound incredible!

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