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Instruments > Voice > Bluegrass Vocals with Michael Daves

Bluegrass Vocals
with Michael Daves

Michael Daves has crafted the definitive bluegrass singing lesson series with hundreds of online videos. Students access in-depth vocal instruction which includes harmonizing, vocal solos and singing tips. Learn how to sing from an amazing bluegrass musician.

 How to sing harmony  Bluegrass jamming tips

 Ear Training exercises  Classic bluegrass repertoire

Online singing lessons with Michael Daves

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these bluegrass vocal lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Michael reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your singing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Michael. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your potential.

Top Quality Voice Lessons

  • 100s of voice lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Michael Daves

Michael Daves is a great talent with a very classic approach to bluegrass vocals. He's collaborated with legendary artists who include Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Rosanne Cash, Tony Trischka and a whole lot more. His first album with Chris Thile (“Sleep With One Eye Open”) was recorded live to tape over the course of four days at Jack White’s famous Third Man Records in Nashville and was later nominated for a Grammy. The New York Times calls him “The leading light for the NY bluegrass scene.” Michael is also a talented guitar player and sought after teacher teaching people of all vocal ranges and abilities how to sing bluegrass. He has been teaching with ArtistWorks since 2016.

Bluegrass Singing Lessons


Welcome to the School
Introduction to Beginner Bluegrass Vocals
Technique Corner: Breathing, Warm Ups & Basic Vocal Health
Ear Training 1: Introduction to Scale Numbering & Major Scale
Ear Training 2: Basic Melodies in Scale Numbering
“Bury Me Beneath the Willow”
Ear Training 3: Resonance, Hand Signals & Pitch Apps
“East Virginia Blues” (Greenback Dollar)
“Blue Ridge Cabin Home” -NEW!
Introduction to Instrumental Accompanying of Singing
“John Hardy”
“High on a Mountain” -NEW!
Ear Training 4: Introduction to Visualization
“Roll on Buddy”
Ear Training 5: Introduction to Intervals & Inversions
“I Am a Pilgrim”
“New River Train”
Technique Corner: Managing Your Break
“Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow”
“Can't You Hear Me Calling”
Introduction to the Blues 1: The Blues Form, Call & Response
“Rocky Road Blues”
Introduction to the Blues 2: Blue Notes, Emotion & Experience
“Sitting On Top of the World”
“Six White Horses”
Technique Corner: Breath Control and Syllable Work
Ear Training 6: Intervals Within Scales
“Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms”
Submit a Placement Video
“Hold Watcha Got”
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
Minor Scales 1: Natural Minor Scale Numbering & Ear Training
“Shady Grove”
Minor Scales 2: Variations
“Little Sadie”
“You Don't Know My Mind”
“Darling Corey”
“Dark Hollow” - Introduction & Overview -NEW!
“Tear My Stillhouse Down” -NEW!
Jamming Skills 1: Introduction to Bluegrass Jamming
Jamming Skills 2: Introduction to Jam Leadership
Jamming Skills 3: Introducing a Song at a Jam
Jamming Skills 4: Kickoffs & Count offs
Jamming Skills 5: Attitude & Etiquette


Introduction to Intermediate Bluegrass Vocals
“Blue Night”
Developing Your Own Sound 1: Applying Your Emotions & Experiences
“In the Pines” - Melody and Song Background
Technique Corner: Resonance in the Body
“The Blackest Crow”
Ear Training 7: Introduction to Triads
“Some Old Day”
Introduction to Harmony
Understanding Harmony - “In the Pines”
“In the Pines” (Duet Arrangement)
“Nine Pound Hammer” (Duet Arrangement)
“Feast Here Tonight” (Rabbit in a Log) (Duet Arrangement)
Technique Corner: Resonance in the Head
“Bury Me Beneath the Willow” (Duet Arrangement)
“Where the Soul Never Dies” (Duet Arrangement)
“I'll Fly Away” (Duet Arrangement) -NEW!
Ear Training 8: Types of Triads
Technique Corner: Isolating Vowels
“Blues Stay Away From Me” (Duet Arrangement)
Ear Training 9: Diatonic Triads in Major Keys
“What Would You Give in Exchange” (Duet Arrangement)
“Long Journey Home” (Duet Arrangement)
“Walls of Time” (Duet Arrangement) -NEW!
The Art of Duet Singing (with Peter Rowan)
Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar (with Peter Rowan)
“Midnight On the Stormy Deep” (with Peter Rowan)
Submit a Placement Video
“Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong” (with Peter Rowan)
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
Finding Your Voice (with Laurie Lewis)
“True Life Blues” (with Laurie Lewis)
Communication in Duet Singing (with Laurie Lewis)
“The One I Love is Gone” (with Laurie Lewis)
Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar (with Laurie Lewis)
“Won't You Come and Sing For Me”
Introduction to Jimmy Martin & Bill Monroe Duets
“I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome” (Duet Arrangement)
“Memories of Mother and Dad” (Duet Arrangement)
“Sitting Alone in the Moonlight” (Duet Arrangement) -NEW!
Ear Training Exercise: Basic Triad Walkthrough
Practice vs Performance Mentality
“The Old Cross Road”
“Stormy Horizons” - Introduction & Overview -NEW!
Jamming Skills 6: Jam Protocol & Etiquette
Jamming Skills 7: Song Form
Jamming Skills 8: Calling & Taking Solos
Jamming Skills 9: Splitting Solos
Jamming Skills 10: Attitude & Etiquette Recap


Introduction to Advanced Bluegrass Vocals
“On and On” (Trio Arrangement)
“Think What You've Done” (Trio Arrangement)
Technique Corner: Protecting Your Voice at Performances
Technique Corner: Microphone Technique
How to Write a 3 Part Harmony
Ear Training Exercise: Triad Walkthrough - 1st Inversion
“I Am a Pilgrim” (Trio Arrangement)
Blue-Eyed Boston Boy: Introduction & Overview
Ear Training Exercise: Triad Walkthrough - 2nd Inversion
Ear Training 10: Non-Diatonic Chords
“Old Home Place” (Trio Arrangement) - Baritone Updates NEW!
“The Lonesome River” (Trio Arrangement) Introduction & Overview
Ear Training Exercise: Triad Close Inversion 1
“Those Memories of You” (Trio Arrangement) Introduction & Overview
Ear Training Exercise: Triad Close Inversion 2
“If That's the Way You Feel” (Trio Arrangement) Introduction & Overview
Ear Training Exercise: Triad Close Inversion 3
“Ocean of Diamonds” (Trio Arrangement) Introduction & Overview
Ear Training 11: Introduction to Voice Leading
“Please Search Your Heart” (Trio Arrangement) Introduction & Overview
Ear Training Exercise: Voice Leading in Harmony
“The Fields Have Turned Brown” (Trio Arrangement) Introduction & Overview
“My Hearts Own Love” (with Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum)
“Making Plans”
“Dim Lights, Thick Smoke” (Trio Arrangement) -NEW!
Submit a Placement Video
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics

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  • Up to 5 Video Submissions to Teacher
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