Lead Singing and Rhythm Guitar

One of America's 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.

You'll gain unique insights into Peter Rowan's instrumental and singing

style, which will, in turn, help you in your own musical development. Through his

your lead singing and learn invaluable tips on breathing, phrasing, vocal improvis

lonesome" bluegrass sound. Peter gives you exercises for increasing your power

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

strumming full chords with the pick and adding bluegrass style bass runs (includi

run"). You'll also learn to pick simple but effective solos to a variety of songs, and

bluegrass guitar sound.

Peter illustrates his lesson with a set of classic songs from the bluegrass

Blue Moon of Kentucky phrase by phrase, the way Bill Monroe taught it toepertoir


him, an

Walls of Time (which Peter wrote with Monroe), with its sliding notes the bluesy



and punchy bass runs. Other songs include the traditional gospel

Wayfaring Stranger, which Peter uses to teach his haunting guitar umber



a the Pines, a waltz-time song with powerful bluesthe vocal improvisations thate

rrangements along with runs in E, illustrates how to

and other songs.

Along with lots of great instruction, you'll also hear some of Peter's first-

hand accounts of his days on tour with Bill Monroe, and concert style performanc

bluegrass songs.


"Meandering his way through five songs, Rowan gives thoughtful, multi-layered insights on everything from the

essential mechanics of effective lead singing and rhythm guitar accompaniment to some of the underlying

metaphysics of his own personal style of vocal phrasing, rhythm guitar playing, and even song writing.... Listening to

Rowan's stark solo renditions of classics like "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "Wayfaring Stranger," followed by his

detailed commentary on keys, vocal phrasing, timing, and rhythmic guitar patterns that led him to these very

personal interpretations of the songs, is bound to leave you hungry to hear - and learn - more." -- Bluegrass Unlimited

"Rowan is a legend within the bluegrass community. This video shows how, after more than four decades of lead

singing, his voice is still as strong as ever. So many bluegrass singer/guitarists can learn valuable lessons from one of