How do you take five not very noisy instruments that cannot be listened to without electronic amplification except in a rather small room and turn their music into something large groups of people can listen to? Add to this problem the fact that each of the instruments has a distinctive native sound that doesn't necessarily mix well with the others. The mandolin, beloved to Bill Monroe, has little or no sustain and must be played with a tremolo picking style to hold a note. The guitar is a…Continue
Posted on December 11, 2013 at 4:00am
I started making videos just to see if the new technology worked for me. Once I decided they were a pretty good way to share bluegrass music, it became inevitable that I would have to start a You Tube channel of my own. When I bought a low priced HD camcorder and began to learn to make titles, we started getting serious about including video as a part of our effort to communicate the part of the bluegrass world we live in. I say “we,” because my long suffering wife, Irene, has become an…Continue
Posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:30am
Posted on October 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment
Below is a re-post of my preview of IBMA's World of Bluegrass annual convention to be held in Raleigh, NC from September 24 - 28, 2013. Judged by its scope and schedule, this should be the premier bluegrass event in the country from every perspective. Take a look at the preview to see if you agree.
Imagine a great tree. Perhaps…Continue
Posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment