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Cleo Davis & Bill Monroe

The Big Bang Theory of Bluegrass

If the “big bang theory” helps to explain the origin of the universe, perhaps “the big bang theory of bluegrass” will shed some light on the origin of the bluegrass music universe. First, let me say that there are two schools of thought as to the origins of bluegrass music. One has Bill Monroe single-handedly… Read More »

Roy Harvey & Leonard Copeland

How Hard is it to Play the Guitar?

The first question I hear from people interested in playing the guitar is “how hard is it?” For those of you with that same question, this article is for you. The relative ease or difficulty of learning to play any musical instrument depends on three main things: Natural talent. It’s just a fact that some… Read More »

The last king of Hawaii

Ukuleles Come From Where?

This is a guest post from Sarah Jacobs of Know Your Instrument. The ukulele is long-hailed as the national instrument of the Hawai’ian islands. It’s played at luaus, family gatherings, and while simply relaxing on the beach. A lot of children in Hawai’i even learned how to play at a young age. For hundreds of… Read More »

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