Bassist Mark Schatz continues the dynamic teaching method he’s designed to enable you to build a great sound and accompany any bluegrass band. This second volume, designed for an intermediate player, guides you through the musical subtleties and rhythmic variations that will distinguish your playing and enable you to provide the bottom end of a bluegrass ensemble.
Mark teaches important techniques that you’ll need to know in order to be an accomplished player. You’ll learn how to play in 3/4 (waltz) time; use arpeggios, chromatic scales and syncopation; accent your music with hammer-ons and pull-offs; utilize damping techniques and walking bass lines; and get into the infectious slapping technique that adds flavor and drive to up-tempo songs. In addition, Mark imparts expert tips on bass set-up, action, miking and lots more.
For Mark Schatz, the essence of great playing is tone, taste and timing. This lesson is chock full of all three, and will open up the world of bluegrass bass for beginners while enriching the musical ideas of the experienced player.