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
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
"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