A master bassist teaches you how to build a pure bluegrass sound from the bottom up! Mark Schatz will have you playing the bass parts to bluegrass classics, even if you haven't played the bass before. Using his clear, easy-to-follow teaching method, he demonstrates the techniques necessary to accompany many of the classic songs and instrumentals in the bluegrass repertoire.
Mark shows you how to hold your instrument and the fingerings, basic patterns, scales and chord progressions that will get you off to a good start. You'll then learn bass runs, arpeggios, chromatic runs, walking bass lines and accompaniments along with expert tips on music theory and numerous ideas that apply to upright bass.
With the help of veteran pickers David Grier (guitar) and Richard Bailey (banjo), Mark demonstrates how the bass works in a bluegrass band context, playing classic bluegrass songs such as I'll Never Shed Another Tear, Fireball Mail and Blue Railroad Train. This is an information-packed lesson that will give you a great start in playing bass the right way.