Singing in harmony begins with "thinking in harmony." Learn how to tune in to the voices around you while practicing an array of tips and tricks for harmonious singing in duos, trios and quartets. This spring Rebecca is excited to be introducing Clinton Ross Davis as her guest instructor. Clint will be sharing his expertise in three and four part Sacred-Harp singing styles and pitch exercises. Each day begins with a participatory “listening adventure” in which we will attempt to decipher and join in on a traditional old-time southern hymn-lining session. After morning vocal exercises, the class will focus on a classic Sacred-Harp song which has become a well-known Bluegrass standard. The second half of each class day will focus on male/female (and beyond) old-time duet singing. Clint and Rebecca share a similar geographical upbringing and have enjoyed being singing partners over the past few years due to their mutual love of Tennessee/Kentucky old-time and bluegrass harmony singing. They look forward to sharing new repertoire with students and generally having a good time. While this class will mainly focus on learning by ear, handouts with lyrics and notation will also be provided. Using classic harmony singing families as our guides, we will create our own harmony "families" within the class while learning to listen and blend.
This class is open to everyone. To get the most out of this class, it will be helpful to be able to sing on pitch, have some experience in group or partner singing and a willingness to try out new things in a supportive group-learning environment. Please bring pen and paper, a recording device and plenty of water. If you are proficient with an instrument, bring it! This could be helpful when we break into small groups. Try to avoid dairy products before coming to class, as they hinder your singing voice. Sorry, we all love cream in our coffee, but sometimes it just makes sense to go for the almond milk!
About Rebecca Stout
Los Angeles based and Tennessee raised, Appalachian flatfoot dance instructor Rebecca Stout began singing, clogging and performing extensively as a child. Her instructional DVD "Ms. Becky’s Barnyard Buck Dance" is featured in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Music Museum. She has taught at numerous music camps and festivals throughout the United States. She currently serves as an apprentice to internationally known Appalachian step dance expert, Mr. Ira Bernstein, and is a board member and dance coordinator for Los Angeles’ premier bluegrass/old time event, the Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, one of the longest running fiddle festivals in the United States.
Rebecca's classes and dance electives are always a hit at Walker Creek, and we're excited she'll be teaching a vocals this fall!
About Clinton Davis
Clinton Davis is an old-time folk musician based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up in Carroll County with faint residues of old time music lingering in the air and in his family’s past. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano. He has performed at folk festivals across the country including Wintergrass (WA), Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (WA), National Jug Band Jubilee (KY), Brooklyn Folk Festival (NY), the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Competition (CA), and the Santa Barbara Fiddler’s Convention (CA).
Davis’ skills across instruments and genres have earned him acclaim at home in Southern California and across the country. In 2015 renowned Americana publication No Depression called his work “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” That same year, his album with the G Burns Jug Band was awarded “Best Local Recording” at the San Diego Music Awards. At the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, Davis has been awarded first prize on banjo in 2018 and first prize on fiddle in 2019.
Davis performs as a soloist, with his own string band, or backing up other kindred spirits devoted to traditional American music such as Brooklyn’s queen of the blues, Mara Kaye, and San Francisco’s powerhouse string band Skillet Licorice.
Davis curates the Southern Pacific Sessions, a concert and video series which aims to help cultivate the next generation of audiences for traditional music in San Diego and Southern California. They have hosted some of the nation’s finest performers representing a broad diversity of American traditions.