Thursday, November 10, 2011

SGSG-Homespun Tapes Musical Instruction Review!!

Although we have never had any formal training, our family loves to sing. We often do specials for Church or special meetings, and have gone to nursing homes on occasion to sing for the residents there. It's something we all enjoy, and we're always looking for ways to improve our singing. So, I was excited when Homespun Tapes sent me 2 of their products designed to help vocalists. I received the Bluegrass and Gospel Duet Singing: Old Time Country Harmony DVD by Dailey and Vincent, as well as the Learn To Sing Harmony book and cd set.

I have of course heard of Dailey and Vincent, and was really looking forward to learning some harmony techniques from them. The dvd is very well done, as they demonstrate many of their unique styles on various songs throughout the recording. They also discuss how to create stunning harmony no matter what style you sing. You're also given the chance to sing lead or harmony part on Hide Thou Me, and Darrin demonstrates what it should sound like. This is a great dvd for anyone who is interested in improving their singing!

Disc 1 is in my cd player :)
The Learn To Sing Harmony book/cd set is a very comprehensive guide that clearly teaches how to sing harmony. Whether you're new to the world of music, or have been singing for many years, this is the perfect set. It starts with the basics of scales, intervals, and has special sections to increase your musical ear. I really enjoyed these, as I mostly sing and play (violin) by ear. Although I can read music, I'm not very fast at it, and prefer to go along by ear. So I found the ear training bits very helpful! This is honestly the best set I've seen for learning how to sing harmony!

If you're looking for a gift for that musical friend or relative, I recommend you check out Homespun Tapes. They have a great selection of high-quality books, dvds and cds that anyone looking to improve their musical skill will love!

"We'd like to personally welcome you to the new Homespun Tapes web site, which features the largest catalog of music lessons on DVDs and CDs available anywhere. Our lessons are designed for learning players at all levels, from absolute beginners (including kids) to experienced professionals -- and everyone in between. 

Now in our 43rd year, we have become known throughout the world for the high level of our production as well as for the superior quality of our instruction. Our instructors are top performing artists, experts in their field who enthusiastically share their years of experience with learning players.

We are devoted to teaching you how to make music on a wide variety of musical instruments, and have fun doing it! Our lessons are informal, easy to use, and fun -- the closest you will find to having a world-class musician teaching you personally in your living room. Each artist takes his or her music apart and shows you, in close-up detail, the techniques and musical ideas that have made them so successful."

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this post. I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Homespun Tapes website.

1 comment:

  1. I've tried to work on my vocals, but I've never had formal training.

    I played the violin for 8 years, and I know what you mean about reading music. I usually play by ear. I know that if there's a piece I have to learn, I get it down a lot faster listening to it than reading it from sheet music.

    Keep working on your singing! Best of luck!