noun: bluegrass; noun: Kentucky bluegrass
- a bluish-green grass which was introduced into North America from northern Europe, widely grown (especially in Kentucky and Virginia) for fodder.
- a kind of country music characterized by virtuoso playing of banjos and guitars and high-pitched, close-harmony vocals.
Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. It is named after the Blue Grass Boys, the 1939–1996 band of Kentucky mandolin player and songwriter Bill Monroe, who is considered “the father of bluegrass”. It was further developed by musicians who played with him, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt. It was then evolved by other musicians who admired the high-energy instrumental and vocal music Monroe’s group created, and who carried it on into new bands, some of which created subgenres of bluegrass.
Bluegrass is influenced by the music of Appalachia and other styles, including gospel and jazz read more…
As well as your music instruments you’ll need your camping stuff, your food stuff, your sun hat.
You will definitely need your own towels, soap, cooking and eating utensils, as well as all the usual camping stuff.
What to bring
That would be way too freaky. So long as you have basic idea of your instrument, and can follow a few basic bluegrass songs, then you’re in. More experienced players will be in in separate classes.
Yes. The skills are the same, the notes are the same, the techniques are the same, it just the style and songs that are bluegrass. You will learn skills that cross over to all sorts of music. Many of the players play other style of music as well, but at a bluegrass festival, well, the focus is on umm.. bluegrass.
Don’t worry about it. Just download some bluegrass backing tracks off YouTube, and play along with them so that you get used to playing in time with other people. Oh and make sure you have a tuner. If you play in time and in tune and stay quiet when you are lost, you are 90% there (in any genre not just bluegrass).
The full Kiwigrass Academy is $150 which is an amazing bargain – just look at the tutor line-up. You will need to book accommodation separately at the Narrows Park.