Lead and Harmony Singing with Sue Thompson and Don Share
In this fun, high-energy Lead and Harmony Singing class, you’ll learn how to sing harmony naturally and intuitively, as you gain the skills and techniques to figure out harmony for yourself. We’ll start out with the essentials that every harmony singer needs to master, and by the end of the week, you’ll be harmonizing both above and below the melody. No rote memorization, no bogging down in music theory, no need for someone else to teach you your part. You’ll also learn how to choose the right keys for your songs and solve harmony problems that arise when men and women sing together. Prepare to do lots of singing in large and small groups, and be challenged to use your ear in new ways! To get the most out of this class, you should already be able to sing a melody reasonably in tune (none of us is is perfect!) and be comfortable singing with others.
Don Share has been a mainstay of the Seattle bluegrass and acoustic music scene for over three decades. He is an accomplished lead singer, a harmony singing ace, and a gifted rhythm guitarist. A founding member of the popular bluegrass bands Who’s Driving? and Rainy Pass, he currently performs with the bluegrass stalwarts The DownTown Mountain Boys, the Americana band, Old Growth Quartet, and the folk and country band, The Debutones. He appears on a number of recordings, including Cold Rains of Winter (Rainy Pass), Big Darlin’, Heartland, and Hey John (The DownTown Mountain Boys), Right Smack in the Middle of Town (Old Growth Quartet), Please Come Home (The Debutones). Don has taught harmony singing and guitar in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and appears on an instructional harmony singing series with Sue Thompson and Keith Little. In 2018, Don taught harmony singing (with Sue Thompson) at Voice Works, a week-long singing workshop in Port Townsend, WA., and led harmony workshops in Edmonton, Alberta, and Vancouver, B.C.
Sue Thompson has taught harmony singing and bluegrass and Americana vocals worldwide. Her Sing Harmony the Natural Way method and her high-energy workshops have won praise and friends across Europe and Japan, as well as in the US and Canada. Sue has performed both regionally and internationally for over 40 years. She is known as a powerful and soulful singer, and is also one of a small number of accomplished women guitar flatpickers. Her recordings include the late Mike Seeger’s GRAMMY-nominated Third Annual Farewell Reunion, and the Western Music extravaganza Tall Boots, where her fellow musicians nicknamed her “Harmony Part Wizard.” Sue has released two widely acclaimed harmony singing instruction CDs, How to Sing Harmony the Natural Way, and Switch on Your Harmony Autopilot.