A new discussion on modulations around the five of five chord is posted on the Music Theory page for your consideration. Give it a look. Perhaps you're familiar with this type of progression.
Mary has won national recognition for her photograph titled "Clifford's Falls Barn". The picture was taken in October of 2009 and won "Photo of the Day" on a digital photography website against many entrants. Congratulations, Mary. Keep up the great work. We all enjoy your "eye" very much.
I have posted a theory discussion based on relative minor keys, scales and accidentals on the Music Theory page. Just scroll down the page to the bottom. Use your 'page down' key to get there faster. Thank you.
I"ve placed a tune I composed years ago on the theory page for anyone interested. Key of A. Three sharps. It's modal in its' style, so the G is played as a natural except in the E chord where it is sharped normally. If you're a fiddler, check it out. The Old Tin Can.
The Music Theory page will take a look at typical "Bluegrass" chords and how they are voiced. The "Open G" has been discussed at the bottom of the page as well as the C and D7 chords.
Also note that some fun facts about the theory behind a French-Canadian fiddle tune as played by Donnie Perkins and transcribed by me are posted. If you read music, click on the photo of the sheet music and it will enlarge for a better view. Stop by and have a look.
And please note the intelligent banjo tablature if you're a 5-string picker. I created this tablature method 40 years ago. It is a serious way to learn.
How many Bluegrass songs can you name that in one way or another touch on the subject of "hills" or "rolling hills"?
Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, penned many songs in which he spoke of -or evenly casually mentioned- the hills he loved so dearly. Here are a few:
"The First Whippoorwill"; "Footprints In The Snow"; "I'm Going Back to the Old Home"; and an entirely different tune with a similar title called "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home"; "I'm Waiting For You"; "Little Cabin Home on the Hill"; "Mother's Only Sleeping"; "My Rose of Old Kentucky"; "Old, Old House"; "Roane County Prison" and "Why Did You Wander" to name a few.
There are a few new elements now included on this website that may be of interest. First, under the "Genres" tab, I have included a short history of the bands I have recently played with or continue to play with. If you click on the "Bluegrass & Fiddling" page, there will be lots of pictures to enjoy. Then, move the cursor over to one of the many band's tabs to go to their page.
Also, there's the "Music Theory" page which is very informational. I've also included a "Repertoire" page to show examples of the tunes and songs I am currently playing. There are a few tunes and songs I could include within these pages if I could only remember their names.
Also, I have started a couple of surveys. Be sure and take a few moments to fill out the surveys. Thank you very much for doing so.
So, I hope visitors to this website will enjoy their stay here and be sure to check back often.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!