The music of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys defines bluegrass, and while the guitar was originally confined to a rhythm instrument in Monroe's band, it has become common, in the last decade or so, for bluegrass guitarists to fill the lead function as well. The original instruments in Monroe's band have provided the template for guitarists wishing to play solos on bluegrass tunes. Bluegrass guitar solos are primarily a mixture of influences from those instruments: fiddle (fiddle tunes), banjo (crosspicking), and the blues (Monroe's mandolin).
One of America's most renowned bluegrass musicians imparts wisdom and advice based on decades of experience playing in bands from Bill Monroe an d the Blue Grass Boys to Old And In The Way. With Peter Rowan's help, you'll improve your lead singing and establish an authentic bluegrass guitar sound. Peter's invaluable tips on breathing, phrasing, vocal improvisation, and his exercises to increase your power and range, will help you excel as a lead singer. His guitar accompaniment techniques show you how to back up your singing wiht a strong sense of time, add bluegrass style bass.