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Developing A Powerful G-Run

Hey all! I had a student request a video of some bluegrass rhythm stuff we went over in a lesson last week, so I thought I'd share it with my readers. The goal of this video is to give you some tips to improve your bluegrass rhythm playing by employing a rest stroke. This technique will give you great tone, and economy of motion, so once you "have it" with your right hand, you'll be able to play these exercises at great speed. Click here to download your free PDF that contains some exercises that are demonstrated in the video…

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Crossing The Black *OFFICIAL RELEASE*

Crossing The Black *OFFICIAL RELEASE*

It's Here, We're There! It's been just over 2 weeks since we moved into our new house in Asheville, NC. It's been amazing so far! I've already met some amazing musicians and I don't imagine that it will be long before I have a band together with which play this material. In the meantime, you can get yourself familiar with the recordings because as of today, September 18th, Crossing The Black is OFFICIALLY RELEASED. This means you can now buy the music on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and at the CD Baby store. I encourage you to review the CD! For…

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Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie

Thank you for your pre-order! Cutie Pie is a song I wrote for my daughter Ruth. In 2010, I didn't think I could love anything as much as my wife and my dogs. Ruth came along three years ago and changed everything. It's been a blast watching her grow up, witnessing her personality erupt, taking her to music classes and bluegrass festivals, getting her a uke, and singing silly songs together. All my mom-and-dad friends tell me that the time flies, and to enjoy these years. I get it. That's what this song is about. Ruth can be a lot…

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Without Your Warmth (live)

Without Your Warmth (live)

Thank you for your pre-order! This song is Without Your Warmth, from my debut album Crossing The Black, performed live at the Alberta Street Pub in June 2015. If you like the video please share the pre-order link with your friends. This video is exclusive to folks who pre-order. Thank you for your support! https://kenchapple.com/crossing-the-black

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Without Your Warmth (preview)

This is a preview of a live video shot at the Alberta Street Pub in June of 2015. The audio and video are professionally recorded and totally live. Pre-order Crossing The Black to see see the full video, which features a performance of Without Your Warmth, one of my favorite songs on the CD. The full video will be released to folks who have pre-ordered on Wednesday, July 29th.   The lyrics and music are delicate, yet dark. The pulse is driving, but the chorus and instrumental interludes are twisted around a groove in 7/8 time. The use of odd…

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Bluegrass in the Studio

Bluegrass In The Studio

Got a band and some great songs and ready for the studio? I have made two "bluegrass" albums in the past 4 years and I'm working on a third. Disclaimer: I put bluegrass in quotes, because they are quite on the fringe, and many tunes are not bluegrass at all. The best way to record, is to experiment and find what works best for you and your band. I have come up with some techniques that I believe work best for me, but I'm still learning. Between my experience in the studio, talking to other musicians and reading up, here…

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Down in the Willow Garden

This old Appalachian murder ballad with Irish roots has been done over and over again by greats such as Charlie Monroe, The Stanley brothers who recorded the song twice in the 50s, the Everly Brothers and even Norah Jones and countless others. This song has always befuddled me. Why does this poor dude's father think that having his son kill Rose Connelly will bring them riches? Who knows. Anyways, I think it's a pretty song. I may have gone overboard with the Ken Burns cropping and panning, but I think the bananas make up for it. This video is more to…

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