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The New York Bluegrass/Old-Time Harmony Singing Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

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Price: $25.00 /per person

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Now starting our 5th year of vocal harmony classes at Jalopy with Emily Eagen and Don Friedman, we're excited to tell you that there are two classes now: one covering the basics, and the other being for more experienced singers. If you want to email Emily or Don with any questions: [masked]
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Elements of Vocal Harmony
Come to whichever one sounds right for you, or try both and get a discount!
12-1:30pm Vocal Harmony Basics with Emily Eagen. 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.

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

Cost: $20 for the first class, $25 for the second, $40 for both

Please call[masked] or email [masked] to register, as these workshops usually fill up.



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. Hailing from Cincinnati she sings a variety of southern close harmony repertoires, and also performs old time and bluegrass songs in a trio with singer and harmonica player Trip Henderson and multi-instrumentalist/singer Spiff Wiegand. Emily is also (get this!) a two-time International Whistling Champion.

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.
The duo will teach a vocal harmony workshop, focusing on two and three part country, bluegrass, and old-time repertoire. No need to read notation! You will be up and singing right away! The class will be a fun, hands on, demystifying, and empowering experience learning to sing harmony! And will end in a full-scale performance at the end of a few months. . .
HOW ABOUT THAT! SO SOON WE WILL BE TAKING IT ON THE ROAD! And, if Emily ever gets laryngitis, she'll still have to come teach, because she can whistle all the parts! But seriously, she is a whistling champion, I have seen her perform, and she's amazing?
Call or email with any questions, and please RSVP ASAP, if that's enough acronyms for you,
Until we sing again,