Day 1 – Fretmentor’s Workshop 2012
Jim Hurst, Dave Jakubiak, Byron Berline & Alan Munde
The first day of Fretmentor’s 3rd Annual Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin Workshop, featuring Alan Munde, Jim Hurst and Byron Berline, was a memorable one. Approximately 50 attendees arrived from as far as England, New York, Georgia and various communities from Florida.
Three Great Pickers
Morning and afternoon instructional classes were held throughout the day. In addition to a healthy lunch being served, all in attendance enjoyed snacks, drinks and the best cheesecake on the planet. During a break, students formed their own outside bluegrass jams. Finally, the evening ended with an exclusive concert held by three gifted performers and instructors. To see Alan, Byron and Jim perform was a special treat for each and every person in attendance. Also, Elliott Rogers, guest guitarist from the Alan Munde Gazette, performed a couple of tunes with the Alan and Byron. To say that it was a special time is an understatement.
Tomorrow is another day. This weekend will soon pass but the memories of a truly unique musical event will remain with us for some time.
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 www.fretmentor.com.
To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT fretmentor.com (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)