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What is special about bluegrass?
It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.” Bluegrass features acoustic stringed instruments and emphasizes the off-beat. Notes are anticipated, in contrast to laid back blues where notes are behind the beat, which creates the higher energy characteristic of bluegrass.
Is there real Blue Grass?
L. Poa pratensis, commonly known as Kentucky bluegrass (or blue grass), smooth meadow-grass, or common meadow-grass, is a perennial species of grass native to practically all of Europe, North Asia and the mountains of Algeria and Morocco.
Who started Bluegrass music?
Bill Monroe, known as the “Father of Bluegrass Music,” was born 100 years ago this week in rural Kentucky. He influenced early country music and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as the hard-driving, high-lonesome genre he created — bluegrass.
Where are the Bluegrass Mountains located in Kentucky?
The famed bluegrass area of Kentucky extends northward into a portion of south-central Ohio. The landscape of the Bluegrass Region includes flat-topped, plateau-like hills, some separated by sharp cliffs and others separated by gentle slopes, plunging into deep valleys.
What are some of the landforms in Kentucky?
The Appalachian Plateau is also known as the Cumberland Plateau and is located in the east of Kentucky. Other landforms in Kentucky include the north-central Bluegrass Region and the Western Coal Fields, which borders the Ohio River.
What kind of vocal style does bluegrass have?
It is this intense and evocative vocal style so characteristic of the genre that is known as the “high lonesome sound.”
What kind of instruments are used in bluegrass music?
Traditional Bluegrass music will feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass and five-string banjo played in the three-finger picking style made popular by Earl Scruggs. As in Jazz, instruments are featured in turn with improvisational solos that show off the virtuosity of the player while the other instruments strum back up.