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The New York Bluegrass/Old-Time Harmony Singing Monthly Harmony Workshops

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Dear Jalopy Singers, Past, Present, and Future,

We hope you are enjoying these last, dog days of summer! Fall is around the corner, which means our monthly harmony workshops are starting back up. One Sunday a month, Emily will teach an hour-and-a-half workshop of Harmony Basics, then Emily and Don will teach a two-hour workshops of Duos and Trios. Now in our SIXTH year at Jalopy, we have a lot of new songs and some new ideas to try out in the Sunday workshops. On the dock for fall are some fun gospel standards, some quirky old time gems, and some weepy country tributes. We’ll also save some time to sing some familiar songs each month so that you can try some on-the-spot harmonizing. NO need to read music! We teach by ear and have you up and singing right away. Requests are always welcome, and, remember, the workshops are not cumulative, and both new and familiar faces are welcome anytime! If you want to email Emily or Don with any questions or ideas: [masked]
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Cost: $20 for the first class, $25 for the second, $40 for both. Come to whichever ones sounds right for you, or try both and get a discount!

The fall workshop dates are as follows (earlier time is Harmony Basics, later time is Duos and Trios):

Sunday September 22, 11 AM and 1:00 PM (NOTE earlier start times, this month ONLY!)

Sunday October 27, 12 PM and 2:00 PM

Sunday November 24, 12 PM and 2:00 PM

Sunday December 15, 12 PM and 2:00 PM

Also : A BONUS!! Don will continue to lead a one-hour (or so) jam session following the 2:00 class for anyone who'd like to stick around and sing awhile.


Vocal Harmony Basics with Emily Eagen, 12-1:30 pm

Dive in head-first to the joys of traditional American harmony singing: learn harmony parts to Old Time, Early Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel standards, experience the thrill of singing close harmony with others, develop an understanding of chords and intervals, and gain the tools to start finding harmony parts on your own. Less advanced singers will learn the basics, and more advanced singers will be able to fill in some gaps of what they don't already know.

Vocal Harmony Duos and Trios with Don Friedman and Emily Eagen, 2-4 pm

Explore the rich world of Early Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, and Gospel harmony singing, from lesser-known rep to old chestnuts. Focus on two and three-part harmony singing, with opportunities to gain independence on a part, work in small groups, experiment with blend, and take home some new songs. Less advanced singers can start with the melody and then move to harmonizing, and more advanced singers can go deep into singing multiple parts.



Emily Eagen is a long-time performer of folk, world, and early music, with a keen interest in teaching harmony and experience with vocal groups of all ages and levels. She worked as a teacher and performer in the Netherlands for five years, and is a regular teacher at the Augusta Heritage Center ( during Vocal Week. Emily sings a variety of southern close harmony repertoires, has toured with the eclectic vocal trio moira smiley and VOCO, and is a member of the group M6, which performs the music of Meredith Monk. Emily also performs and teaches songwriting through Carnegie Hall's Weill Institute. Emily is a two-time International Whistling Champion, and whistles, sings, and plays uke in the Brooklyn-based old/time/early blues band The Whistling Wolves.

Don Friedman began playing guitar and singing at about 8 years, and realized that he could harmonize at about 9 ("hey, that's not the tune you're singing!"). Some of his earliest performing was with his high school rock band (the fabulous Soul Searchers), but he was particularly influenced by the folk music revival of the 60s. Over the past 15 years or so, Don has branched out and has explored old-time, country and bluegrass music. He has also always enjoyed songs from other cultures and languages. He plays rhythm and lead guitar, and has recently taken up the mandolin. In recent years, Don has been on staff at Vocal Week at the Augusta Heritage Center, as a jam session leader, instructor and performer. In New York, he performs with the trio, Triboro, and the duet, Jenny & Don. By day, he is a policy analyst and attorney with an anti-poverty agency, the Empire Justice Center.

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