Now that you know both how to build a scale and how to build a chord using that scale, let’s ask what are the three chords most commonly used in a key?
At the simplest level, I view music as a sequence of notes (called the melody) played or sung in the context of a particular sequence of chords. If you use the wrong melody notes for the song you want to play, Continue reading
Join Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass for an evening of lively bluegrass at the Fairborn Eagles Hall on February 17. Appalachian Grass shows always feature Vernon and Kitty‘s inimitable style of bluegrass entertainment with lightning fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and… Continue reading
The first Chinese Breakdown dinner was a celebration of Vernon and Kitty’s two favorite things: playing bluegrass music with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass and eating Chinese food. Named after a silly, old time song, the Chinese Breakdown was initially… Continue reading
Now that you know how to build a scale, we can ask, ‘How do I build a chord?’ First, let’s ask, what is a chord? I’m going to define a chord as being a group of notes (2 or more) played together at one time. With some experimentation, you can prove Continue reading
Join us for a January 13, 2018 bluegrass concert at the Fairborn Eagles Hall, 509 Sports St., Fairborn, OH. Featured band, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, delivers an energetic performance with lightning fast picking, Continue reading
How (and why) do you build a scale using flat names instead of sharp names? In the last lesson, we learned how to build a one octave major scale. Recall these points… Continue reading
Lesson 4 – How to build a scale
OK, after all that talk about note names, sharps & flats, whole steps, and half steps, we’re FINALLY ready to build a major scale! We are going to build… Continue reading
Well, I have managed to open my mouth once more and gotten myself involved in the December 9th Christmas in Mt. Healthy 2017 project. This free event includes multiple venues in Mt. Healthy’s historic business district, (all within an easy… Continue reading
Howdy! Join Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass this Saturday, Nov 11 at the Fairborn Eagles Hall, 509 Sports St in Fairborn, OH. Good food and adult beverages available on site.
Also, mark your calendar for Nov 25, 2017 (the Saturday after… Continue reading
Just a quick reminder about a couple of upcoming showdates with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass.
Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, a traditional style bluegrass band
This Friday, Nov 3, we’re picking at JC’s Cornbread Palace, 1719 S. University Blvd in… Continue reading