We’re joined by Hulda, Grace and Sophia, The Quebe Sisters, a progressive western swing band that have been blowing people away and winning fiddle contests from an early age – and have been growing a large and devoted fanbase ever since. They have been featured in Musical U tutorials on harmonic ear training because of their unique style of three-voice fiddle playing as well as vocal harmony.

In a past interview solo pianist Michele McLaughlin talked about how she and her sister refer to really touching music as music that “makes your heart hurt”. The Quebe Sisters song, “Georgia On My Mind” is a great example of music that makes the heart hurt, while simultaneously making the ears cheer with delight.

You’ll hear more about this in the interview, but just know if you’re looking for music that’s a rich and beautiful environment to explore with your ears, there are few better choices than The Quebe Sisters.

We were excited to dig into the backstory of their musicality and the sisters were honest, open and generous with what they shared.

In this conversation we talk about:

  •  The challenges of starting to sing together after years of only playing fiddle – and the one practice habit that was painful – but hugely effective for helping them improve.
  • How exactly they each think about writing and arranging harmony parts and the relationship between ear skills and theory.
  • What the “progressive” in “progressive western swing” means and how they’ve been developing their sound for the new record.

We hope you’ll enjoy this peek behind the scenes and into the minds of The Quebe Sisters.

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We're joined by The Quebe Sisters who share how they write and arrange harmony parts and the relationship between ear skills and theory.