Re: [Harp-L] Bluegrass

Great points David and Michelle

Do you have any pointers on how to get a good mando chop rhythm on the
harp? Mine sound unchoppy at this point.


> Rick Dempster writes:
>> Nice post David; I particularly like this: "chord rhythm is always the
>> first thing I teach my
>> students" and do the same for my students. Harp players need to know
>> about chords, no matter what sort of music they are playing.
> I agree with both David and Rick about chord rhythms. In fact, Grant
> Dermody once taught me that anyone who can/will contribute to the rhythm
> will be welcomed into a group. This is especially true of acoustic music
> and even more true of Bluegrass as there is no real "rhythm section" in
> that genre. That's why one of the prime roles of the mandolin in
> bluegrass is to keep that rhythm chord "chop" going on the off-beat
> whenever not taking a break. And that's why an harmonica player who is
> willing to take a supportive role (and ~listen~ to the other players)
> and who can mimic the role of the mando will fit nicely into a bluegrass
> circle.
> Michelle

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