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ArtistWorks Launches Online “Bass Super School”

Bass Super SchoolNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks announced today the launch of its new interactive “Bass Super School”, featuring virtuoso Jazz Bassist John Patitucci, Rock/Pop Bass Legend Nathan East, & Bluegrass Music Bass Phenom Missy Raines. The newly unveiled “ArtistWorks Bass Campus” offers bass enthusiasts around the world the chance to learn to play bass directly from three legendary bassists.

Country Stars Share Their Tips on Singing the National Anthem

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Nancy Moran
At one time or another, almost every Country vocalist sings the national anthem at one or more events. Settings could range from a county fair to the Super Bowl, but each performance has one thing in common: All are challenged by one of the most difficult and meaningful songs anywhere in the American repertoire.

7th Annual Monroe-Style Bluegrass Mandolin Camp September 14 - 16, 2012

Monroe Style Mandolin CampThe International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky has announced that the 7th Annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp will be held September 14 through 16, 2012. At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, you will spend three days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin students you’ll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camps' intimate environment allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of these legends of Monroe-Style mandolin.

A First Look at Bluegrass Banjo

Adirondack Folk SchoolThe Adirondack Folk schook in Lake Luzerne, New York is offering a fun class, "A First Look at Bluegrass Banjo" Monday, July 30, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This class will emphasize the 3-finger or Bluegrass style of banjo playing, in the standard open g tuning: gDGBD. The old time or frailing style will be briefly demonstrated. First you will look at 5 different kinds of 5-string banjos that are available; open-back, resonator, fretless, riverboat and cookie-tin, and show the differences in the sounds just by plucking strings.
Then you will be introduced to approximately 10 different bluegrass banjo rolls that are so much a part of the sound, and put these together with 3 different left handed chord shapes. See how they work together to accompany other instruments, and eventually play so that a melody can be recognized.

John C. Campbell Folk School Offers Courses in Traditional Musical Instruments

John C. Campbell Folk SchoolMusicians from novices to experts have the opportunity to enjoy instruction in Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Folk Harp, Guitar, Dulcimer, Dobro, Ukulele, Autoharp, Musical Saw, Native American Flute and more. The setting is the 300-acre historic campus of John C. Campbell Folk School in picturesque Western North Carolina.

2012 Guitar and Bass Strummits Staff Announced

Guitar and Bass Strummit 2012The Ultimate Guitar Strummit and The Bass Strummit workshops would like to announce their faculty/staff for this year's two days of workshops on November 3 & 4 in Roanoke, VA. On guitar, acoustic and bluegrass guitar legend Tony Rice, Wyatt Rice, Tim Stafford, John Miller, and Bull Harman. Bass will feature Mike Bub, Todd Phillips, and Mike Conner as workshop hosts.

CMA Research Reveals Music Consumption Insights Among Country Music Fans

Country Music AssociationCybergrass frequently shares insights, research and educational material from the Country Music scene because of much of it applies equally to Bluegrass Music. This is the latest news from the Country Music Association (CMA) on a new study.

Nashville, TN -- As part of its ongoing research and membership services initiatives, the Country Music Association announced today results from its recent Music Listening Study.

Country Stars Stretch Conventions of Concert Stage Design

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Fett
As anyone can attest after attending a major Country artist’s show, live stage production is phenomenally complex and sophisticated, a many-headed monster with lots of moving parts that take an army of personnel to control. Aesthetics, logistics and economics are the drivers of production design, so regardless of the visions any particular tour wants to explore, these key considerations apply to bringing those visions to life.

First, Learn to Practice by Tom Heany

First, Learn to PracticeMusicians of any level - professional, student or beginner - can learn how to get the most out of their practice sessions with this new book from an accomplished teacher and musician. Author Tom Heany has been involved with music his whole life and shows no signs of slowing down. In this book he shares his insights on how to get more out of every practice session. He has also created content for online courses in guitar, folk music, bluegrass and country music.

Festivals - Growth, Experience and Management

festivalI recently had the advantage of attending a relatively new festival. The festival was having their third event and the third event is usually where a festival starts to gets its fan base, personality and becoming established. To achieve that goal, the producers rely on learning as they go, managing the event and yes, providing entertainment that justifies the cost of the ticket.

CMA Foundation Donates $50,000 for Children Summer Music Camps

CMA Foundation Logo Nashville, TN -- The CMA Foundation is donating $50,000 to benefit summer music education programs for 170 low-income students at the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School. The donation is part of CMA's Keep the Music Playing initiative, which supports music education on behalf of the hundreds of artists who perform during CMA Music Festival for free.

Honesty is the Best Policy Towards Success

Joey and RoryJoey and Rory Choose Honesty as a Success Strategy
By Randy Rudder
One morning at Marcy Jo's Mealhouse, the meat-and-three restaurant owned by Rory Feek's wife Joey Martin and Rory's sister Marcy Gary in unincorporated Pottsville, Tenn., Joey was running late because she was trying to rescue a neighbor's calf who had wandered onto their farm.

IBMA Offers May 29 Webinar: How to Recruit, Retain and Keep Your Volunteers Happy

Dwight WordenJoin Dwight Worden, presenter of International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) next webinar, “How to Recruit, Retain & Keep Your Volunteers Happy,” scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Central. (8:30 p.m. Eastern, 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific) The IBMA hosts webinars to help those in the bluegrass music industry sharpen their skills and acquire insights into various avenues of the music and the industry.

CMA Financial Research Yields Country Music Fan Usage Insights

Country Music AssociationNashville, TN -- As part of its ongoing research and membership services initiatives, the Country Music Association announced today results from its February 2012 finances study. Although they have not escaped the impact of the economic challenges in recent years, Country Music fans are looking favorably toward the future with 84% of respondents having a positive sentiment about their financial situation a year from now.

Parenting Magazine Picks Barnyard Bluegrass as Best Kids App

Barnyard BluegrassPortland, OR -- With hundreds of new kids' apps appearing on the App Store each day, finding the next great one can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then again, if you're lucky, you may just hear it singing a familiar tune. Today, Barnyard Bluegrass, already the recipient of many glowing reviews from education and parenting blogs, received some resounding applause when named a "Best Kids' App Pick" by Parenting's Technology Staff. Barnyard Bluegrass is indeed like nothing else on the App Store, delivering loads of authentic bluegrass music and learning in a variety of engaging ways.


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