Lead Singing & Rhythm Guitar
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One of Americas greatest bluegrass musicians has made a lesson that will help you improve your singing and strengthen your rhythm guitar playing. Peter Rowan imparts wisdom and advice based on decades of experience playing with bands from Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys to Old and In the Way.
Youll gain unique insights into Peter Rowans instrumental and singing style, which will, in turn, help you in your own musical development. Through his thoughtful instruction youll improve your lead singing and learn invaluable tips on breathing, phrasing, vocal improvisation, and how to achieve the "high lonesome" bluegrass sound. Peter gives you exercises for increasing your power and range, and builds your awareness of what you need to do to develop a strong vocal sound.
A top-notch guitarist as well as a great singer, Peter teaches the basics of guitar accompaniment for bluegrass songs. He shows you how to back up your singing with a strong sense of time, strumming full chords with the pick and adding bluegrass style bass runs (including variations on the famous "G run"). Youll also learn to pick simple but effective solos to a variety of songs, and establish an authentic bluegrass guitar sound.
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Peter Rowan is talented, knowledgable, analytical and communicative. Happy Traum ( ? I think thats who it is) sits with him and asks just the right questions to help the master explain concepts to those of us ummm.... not so masterful.
I'd call this essential info for bluegrass singing and really great for thinking about expression in music in general. I am a woman learning to find my voice, and my range is similar to Peter's ( though I cant hit the lowest notes he can). Men with lower vocal ranges would probably find this extra helpful to start getting up to the higher notes used in the bluegrass style.
This video covers so many nuances of singing in this style. Vocal range, breath management as it relates to phrasing, and techniques for reaching notes are covered but the blend of practical and philosophical insight offered is what makes it special. Peter is so cool and laid back and he shares stories of his musical history with Bill Monroe, clearly crediting and honoring him for his influence. That makes this an interesting video to just watch and listen to.