Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Breaking down bluegrass:The invention of a genre from ballads to banjo to Bill Monroe

Bluegrass is possibly unlike any other traditional American musical genre. Like most other American traditional music, its origins come from a mix of music  brought over from various  immigrant groups. Unlike most other American traditional music, its creation can be traced back to one man: Bill Monroe. What started as Monroe’s sped-up and tightly structured brand  of old-time or hillbilly music became a musical genre that would sprout its own permutations and variations. In its purest form, bluegrass incorporates the following musical elements: the use of acoustic instruments; fast, virtuosic playing; tight vocal harmony in either two-, three-, or four-part harmony; and planned instrumental solos for individual musicians (Rosenberg 5). A typical bluegrass band is generally comprised of a banjo player, fiddler, stand-up bass player, guitarist, and mandolin player. Some bluegrass bands include a Dobro guitar; however, this is not an instrument Monroe included when he first was credited with the bluegrass...

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