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Weekend Full of Bluegrass Music Workshops Scheduled for FreshGrass

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) workshop program expands in 2013 with two kinds of offerings: instrument-specific intensives focused on playing hints and techniques, and seminars featuring conversations between performers, participants, and industry professionals. Workshops will be held throughout the FreshGrass festival weekend, September 20-22, on the campus of MASS MoCA.

Nurturing Children and Music -- Making it Work

Sleepy Man Banjo BoysI've watched many youngster grow within the music biz and it has been exciting to watch them evolve into some of today's top artists. I followed a young boy playing mandolin when the instrument was much bigger than himself and a young fiddler playing the local and regional festivals and both are tops in their field today. I've watched while some succeed and others do not. I've seen top talent go nowhere and seen others get well into the popularity ring. The dynamics of what works and what doesn't could take volumes to cover in depth.

Bill Monroe Style Mandolin Camp Coming in September

Monroe Style Mandolin Camp 2013Owensboro, KY -- At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, attendees will spend three full days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin players you'll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camp's intimate environment located at the only museum in the world dedicated to the international history of bluegrass music allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of the legendary instructors of Monroe-Style mandolin. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in Owensboro, Kentucky near where it all started in the small town of Rosine.

Self Produced Doesn't Always Cut It

Self ProducedI heard about a new album to be released privately. The talk leading up to it was pretty good and the band isn't new to the genre. I was expecting some great material. Sadly, the album just turned me off. It was almost painful to get through the dozen tracks on their latest release. The album certainly doesn't reflect what this group is capable of.

July IBMA Webinar: How to Co-Write Songs (and Still Remain Friends)

Becky Buller and Mark BrinkmanBluegrass songwriters Becky Buller and Mark 'Brink' Brinkman will co-host the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) July educational webinar Thursday, July 11th at 6 pm Central time. It takes two to tango, right? Well, sometimes it takes two to write a really great song. Maybe you’ve tried before and found yourself at odds with your co-writer, or maybe you and your other half think you’re the next Bernie Taupin and Elton John (of the bluegrass world, of course) and need the some expert advice on what to do next.

Doyle Lawson's "Pick With the Band" on Family of Friends

New Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverNashville, TN -- Doyle Lawson's newest feature Family of Friends allows subscribers a new special feature -- "Pick With the Band." Lawson's introduces a new way to deliver music and rewards directly to the many fans of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver by establishing the Family of Friends, a community for music lovers. By supporting the renowned bluegrass band, fans have a unique opportunity to enjoy benefits and to connect with the artist like never before. One of those benefits is "Pick With the Band."

ArtistWorks, Banjo Hangout Present Free Online Workshop “Tony Trischka Live”

Tony Trischka LiveNapa, CA – ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, and Banjo Hangout present a free online workshop featuring world-renowned banjo master Tony Trischka. Tony Trischka plays live, teaches, and answers questions for banjo lovers in this hour long live workshop. The workshop takes place online June 25th at 6PM Pacific Daylight Time.

Call For Films For 7th NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has issued it’s annual Call For Independent Films for the nation’s only festival devoted to new bluegrass-related documentary films. The Seventh Annual NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival will be held on January 26, 2014 in Redwood City. The film festival is part of the weekend’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

First-Ever All-Europe Jam Camp in Prague a Success In Any Language

All-Europe Jam CampPete Wernick introduced his Bluegrass Jam Camp to Europe March 22-24, with twenty-four pickers from seven countries converging for three days on the Hotel Svornost in Prague, Czech Republic. Having taught camps throughout the U.S. since 1980, Wernick saw this first Jam Camp in Europe as a forward step for bluegrass teaching.

ICMC 2013 Presenting Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s & 1950s

ICMC 2013Time is flying and it is ever closer to ICMC 2013! The International Country Music Conference is pleased to announce that Dave Sichak of fame will be presenting “The Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s and 1950s: Negatives That Positively Need To Tell A Story.” Sichak indicates that “a musician of the era with a photographic hobby wanted to document the entertainers of the era. He left behind a collection of negatives that positively need to have a story told.

Layne Publications Releases New Bluegrass Music Tabs

Layne PublicationsGreenville, SC -- Layne Publications has just enhanced the collection of bluegrass tabs in their website with the addition of a series of new tabs for bluegrass guitar. This popular website is the number one online destination for aspiring musicians looking to learn how to play with a bluegrass band. The website has an incredible collection of tabs for guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

Banjo Camp North Spring Edition Coming May 17

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Spring Edition is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. We have invited several top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special. Plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing. Another area of study is singing, solo and group. This year's Banjo Camp North will take place at the Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA from May 17 through May 19, 2013.

Free Online Workshop by Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall

Banjo Meets MandolinThere are two free online music workshops happening next week. The first is "Banjo Meets Mandolin" with Tony Trischka and Mike Marshall on Tuesday at 6 PM PDT. It will feature Tony and Mike playing, teching and talking about their careers and how the two instruments fit together in the bluegrass context and beyond. This will be especially interesting for bluegrass musicians.

Bluegrass Jam Class coming to Palisade Bluegrass Festival

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickDo you bring your instrument to a festival but feel shy about taking it out and actually playing with other people? You are not alone, even if it sometimes feels that way! For years I've been helping closet pickers start jamming, playing real bluegrass at slow speeds, and learning the ear skills and ensemble skills that are hard to pick up on your own. My approach has worked for so many, I am now certifying Wernick Method instructors to teach bluegrass jamming in communities nationwide.

Students to Perform at Annual Words & Music Night

Words and MusicNashville, TN -- Young songwriters will fill the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater with songs about chicken noodle soup, the love of autumn, American presidents and more on Tuesday, April 30, during the museum’s annual Words & Music Night. Grammy award-winning artist Gretchen Wilson will host the program. The Words & Music program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Nashville-area students will perform their original songs accompanied by volunteer professional songwriters during the event. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to performing students and their families.


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