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Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. Whether she’s playing mandolin, thumpin’ the upright bass, singing a traditional ballad, or performing one of her original pieces, her music is steeped in traditional Appalachian sounds, delivered with a distinct spacious, graceful, and fiery style all her own.


Sharon has performed with Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, the Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, and many others. Her playing can be heard on two film shorts that feature her original music: Milagros and La Sevillana as well as Quartet, the Rounder Records release by the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet. Her latest project is a trio with Peghead Nation instructor and co-founder Scott Nygaard and mandolin master John Reischman. Their first album, The Harmonic Tone Revealers, will be released in September 2016.

Sharon is also a respected mandolin teacher, with numerous private and Skype students. She served as mandolin instructor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design from 2004 to 2012 and has taught at music camps throughout the US. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mandolin performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

At Peghead Nation, Sharon will get you started out right in her Beginning Mandolin course and teach you great bluegrass mandolin techniques in Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin and Bluegrass Mandolin Fingerboard Method.

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August 02, 2016
Welcome to my Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin Course.
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September 15, 2014
Welcome to the Peghead Nation Beginning Mandolin course.
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June 15, 2014
I've had my Gilchrist F-Model mandolin for 20 years. I'll tell you more about it in this video.
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Apr 01, 2020
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One Course: $20/month or $200/year
Two Courses: $30/month or $300/year
Access to All Courses: $100/month

Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!