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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.

Frank Solivan Mandolin Clinic and Performance

Frank SolivanFrank Solivan sent us a message about a mandolin clinic he is teaching this Saturday. Much thanks to John Wood at McDonogh School for hosting the clinic which of course, includes bluegrass music. Frank's good friend, Davis Shingleton is the main contact person if you want to confirm your seat. If you know someone that might like to attend this event, please pass this info along to them.

Adirondack Folk School Beginning Bluegrass Banjo with Mac Petrequin

Adirondack Folk SchoolSing, Stomp, Strum & Swing at the Adirondack Folk School Beginning Bluegrass Banjo course. This class will introduce you to the basics of playing bluegrass music style of banjo, which is also called 3-finger or Scruggs style, and is the popular sound heard in familiar tunes such as the Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song, "Rocky Top," and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Students are expected to bring a playable 5-string banjo, 2 metal finger picks, a plastic thumb pick, and eventually purchase the Mel Bay Publication "You can Teach yourself Banjo" from Melbay or Janet Davis Music websites.

CNN Spotlights Mark O'Connor's Revolutionary String Method

Mark O'ConnorMusician, composer, and educator Mark O'Connor is gaining followers among teachers and students every day with his revolutionary American school of string playing, the O'Connor Method, which the New Yorker calls "an American-grown rival to the Suzuki method." In an in-depth story about O'Connor's approach to music education, CNN featured the violinist and his innovative Method, which focuses on American musical history and vernacular as opposed to the study of European classical pieces emphasized in other programs.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Words and Music Night April 24

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- Young songwriters will fill the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Ford Theater with songs about homework, homesickness, tropical islands and more on Tuesday, April 24, during the museum's annual Words & Music Night. The Words & Music program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Grammy Award-Winning Vocal Group Diamond Rio will be hosting the event.

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