Bill Keith: IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award

Bill Keith's Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association deserves a separate post of its own, I think.

Bill is best known for developing the “melodic style” of banjo playing, the most important and widely used extension of Earl Scruggs’ three-finger banjo technique. Melodic banjo playing uses ingeniously coordinated right- and left-hand fingerings to allow the player to execute fast scales and scale-based passages smoothly and efficiently. Fifty years later, banjo pickers are still playing licks that Bill devised, and melodic banjo playing is still referred to as “Keith style.” I think it’s fair to say that without Bill to show the way, we would not have the music of Ben Eldridge, Courtney Johnson, John Hartford, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, Scott Vestal, Jens Kruger, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny, and many others. Bluegrass music would be much the poorer without Bill’s contributions and musical legacy.

Arlington Street Fair: 2014

This marks the fourth year that the HVBA will have a presence at the Arlington Street Fair. Last year we began at 11:30 with an open jam. We will continue that tradition this year and the bands will begin playing at 12:30.

Oldies But Goodies

 

 

This summer we will recycle some of the articles that we have published in the past. We are going back into the archives to find those still relevant pieces to keep you coming back to the website. Each one is a gem, so just click on the photo at the top of the page and enjoy.

 

The HVBA hosts two monthly jam sessions!

The Manor at Woodside

168 Academy Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
845.473.1943
6-10pm
Held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Directions 
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All of our jam sessions feature the Slow Jam, which happens during the first 60 minutes. From 6:00 to 7:00, we invite you to play at a sane pace in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The regular jam lasts the full four hours.

For info, call Dave at (845) 462.8871

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