Rising Sun Melodies: The songs of Ola Belle Reed

Cheyenne Mize

Rising Sun Melodies: The songs of Ola Belle Reed

Regular price $ 180.00 Sale price $ 162.00

Rising Sun Melodies: The songs of Ola Belle Reed with Cheyenne Mize

This class will meet online via Zoom - an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be sent by the instructor in advance of the first class meeting.

Rising Sun Melodies: The songs of Ola Belle Reed with Cheyenne Mize

Ola Belle Reed grew up in Grassy Creek, NC, playing banjo and learning the old-time songs with her family. She went on to be a cherished songwriter and one of the founders of the house band at New River Ranch, a music park in Maryland in the 1940s and ‘50s that hosted some of the greatest country musicians of all time. Her songs often speak of Appalachian life and traditions and include greats like “High On a Mountain”, “I’ve Endured”, and “Tear Down the Fences.”

This online course will focus on learning and singing the melodies and lyrics of 6-8 of Ola Belle’s original songs. The course is adaptable for all levels of singers, but some singing experience will be helpful. Participants will be strongly encouraged but not required to sing in front of the group throughout the course. Instruction will also include discussion of accompaniment styles, songwriting elements, and recordings of Ola Belle. This is a singing-focused course and therefore instrumental participation is not required. Those who do wish to bring an accompanying instrument should be able to tune their own instrument, play basic chords, and have access to a capo and picks if they use them.