Month: January 2015

Blog 1: Definition of Bluegrass

According to Goldsmith, bluegrass is expansive 20th century acoustic string-band music based in traditional styles. Rosenburg tends to agree with Goldsmith as he writes, bluegrass is a music where people accompany themselves with acoustic instruments, rapid tempos, high-pitch and lonesome vocals. While this definitions tend to overlap, the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and Merriam-Webster correspondence tightly. These … Continue reading Blog 1: Definition of Bluegrass

Definition of Bluegrass

Bluegrass is a genre of music that utilizes acoustic instruments such as the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and dobro.  It is characterized by a high-pitched sound with tight harmonies as band members often gather around the same microphone to sing.  It is also often performed by brother duets such as Bill and Charlie Monroe and […]

“Bluegrass Music”

In the Introduction to Goldsmith, it is asserted that bluegrass was invented with the introduction of public radio.  Contrary to earlier mountain music, this commercialized version of original country is relatively more polished and places greater focus on technique (Goldsmith, p.4). However, Bluegrass is still relatively simple compared to other music genres and Rosenberg says that … Continue reading “Bluegrass Music”

What Is Bluegrass?

Community is a big part of what makes bluegrass music what it is.  People from all areas come together to listen and to play bluegrass music.  A lot of diversity can be found in bluegrass music and an example of this is the Asian bluegrass band that was shown in High Lonsome: the Story of … Continue reading What Is Bluegrass?

The Beginnings of Bluegrass as I understand it.

I had the opportunity to view the documentary called High Lonesome The Story of Bluegrass Music. First of all what a great documentary, well written and put together, probably one of the best I have seen. I am supposed to define what the term “Bluegrass” is to me.  First off when I hear bluegrass music … Continue reading The Beginnings of Bluegrass as I understand it.

Definition of Bluegrass

Bluegrass is music embedded in Appalachia.  The genre has roots in country music, but also draws from British and African traditional music.  Bluegrass’s flexible sound comes from a variety of string instruments and vocal styles. The music communicates the values of rural and Appalachian culture, with emphasis on nostalgia and hardship.

Defining Bluegrass Music

Bluegrass music can be defined in a couple of ways, including technical dictionary definitions along with the opinionated perspectives of many individuals who consider themselves lovers of the genre. Most dictionaries will define bluegrass music as a traditional American style of music played with string instruments. It’s easy to argue that this is true considering many … Continue reading Defining Bluegrass Music

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Defining Bluegrass

This week’s post is meant to provide my interpretation of what defines the Bluegrass music genre based on sources such as “Bluegrass: A History” by Neil Rosenberg, “The Bluegrass Reader” by Thomas Goldsmith, and the music section of Ted Olson’s “Encyclopedia of Appalachia”, and the film “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.” It can … Continue reading Defining Bluegrass

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