Electric Bass for Bluegrass and Country Music
Electric Bass for Bluegrass and Country Music with Andy Tyler Brown
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.
This is a 8-week intensive course on the use of Electric Bass in Bluegrass and Country Music. Overall, we’ll cover:
- a review of basic technique such as fingering, fretting the major scale in closed position, muting with your fretting hand and so on.
- The more advance concepts like theory around bass, walking bass lines, when to sustain notes, an overall understanding of “feel” and how that applies to a band or jam session.
- We’ll review the work of Scott Vestal, David Parmley, Tom Grey, Lou Reed amongst other notable electric bass players.
- We’ll talk about the pros and cons of playing electric over upright and how each have their rightful place and use within the genres.
- An understanding of the Nashville Number system and how it applies to bass.
- Proper technique in regards to finger placement for plucking and the variety of tones that can come from the instrument.
- Dependent on class size, we’ll approach the weak points and curiosities of each student and incorporate those into the course.
What people will need for the class:
- All the technology needed to properly do Zoom
- An electric bass (I’ll be using a four string)
- A small electric bass amp (or big, just turn it down your full stack)
- An instrument chord
- A note book and pen
- Liquid bandage (I promise, you’ll need it if you’re playing bass)