Exploring the Bluegrass Vocal Sound with Dede Wyland

Saturday, November 19, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Looking to develop a “bluegrassier” vocal sound? This workshop is for you!

The workshop will begin with a review of basic vocal tips and techniques that will help to open up your voice, improve range and enhance tone quality.

Secondly, you will learn how to develop an authentic bluegrass vocal sound without distorting or disguising your natural voice. We will focus on the six elements inherent to the bluegrass sound including: vocal production, phrasing, timing, syncopation, ornamentation and finding the right key.

This workshop is open to ages 16+ (students under the age of 16 should speak to us prior to registration).


Please note masks are required for all workshop attendees. Students are encouraged to wash hands upon arrival.


Studio E2 @ House of Musical Traditions
7010 Westmoreland Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

DEDE WYLAND – Dede Wyland’s pure and compelling voice has enchanted audiences around the globe, and her driving rhythm guitar has powered the sound of many a bluegrass band, including the internationally acclaimed New York City-based group Tony Trischka and Skyline. A feature article in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine said that Dede’s “gifts of vocal virtuosity, musical expression, and sheer positive force of personality have made her a valued presence in modern acoustic music.”

Working in the field since the mid-seventies, Dede was a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come. Her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book, “Pretty Good for a Girl.”

After moving to the Washington D.C. area in 1990, Dede turned her focus towards vocal instruction and since then has helped countless amateurs and professionals alike develop their vocal abilities and experience greater emotional range.

$55 Workshop

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