Class Category: Guitar & Vocal Harmony

Vocal Harmony, Part 2

Instructors: Mississippi Chris Sharp & Piper Sharp Myers Part 2 in this vocal harmony class continues developing:  familial harmony and other sources for learning to hear parts; the importance of making music together; knowing your part (notes and words); avoiding being timid; dedicated band practices for vocals (no instruments); intervals; the freedom of solo singing …

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Vocal Harmony, Part 1

Mississippi Chris Sharp and Piper Sharp Myers, a father and daughter duo, present our vocal harmony classes.  In Part 1, they emphasize the importance of knowing your harmony part; discuss the increasing limitations of vocal variables, as harmony parts are stacked or added; how to avoid doubling; how to figure out what key to sing …

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Stylistic Breaks in the 1950’s tunes w/Merle Travis

Instructor: Robert Montgomery Stylistic Breaks in the 1950’s: Bill Monroe’s Music with Merle Travis style Guitar Parts: Named after legendary country guitar virtuoso Merle Travis, Travis picking is the most popular and commonly used fingerpicking technique. The technique essentially involves alternating between different thumb-picked bass notes on the lower strings while the fingers pick out melody notes …

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Elementary Building Blocks to Guitar Playing. To Capo or Not

Instructor: Robert Montgomery Elementary Building Blocks to Guitar Playing (To Capo or Not): Tone, Tuning, Rhythm, Proper Playing Technique, Basic Chord Progressions…all building blocks as a beginning guitar player.  Some benefits of using a capo: Experiment with open tunings; Unlocks more tonal options; Can make chords easier on your hands; Play a song in different …

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It’s All in the Right Hand: Thumb Pick vs. Flat Pick

Instructor: Robert Montgomery It’s All in the Right Hand: Thumb Pick vs. Flat Pick: Which one to use?  Is one better?  Easier to use?  Robert will discuss and demonstrate both the difference and similarities of bluegrass rhythm players, and their personal choice of using the thumb pick or flat pick. Part 1 Part 2