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What is this eBook?
There are many fine books devoted to learning jazz or classical bass but very few which are specifically tailored to playing bluegrass style. In many places in the world, it is difficult to locate a bass teacher who has significant knowledge of bluegrass music. For less than the price of one private lesson you can download this book and teach yourself.
I have been playing upright bass since 1979 and have taught many students how to play bluegrass bass. After all those years of teaching private lessons, countless hours of jam sessions, and playing bass in several bands, I gathered all of my bass teaching ideas and wrote this course in a downloadable PDF book form.
This is a 93 page PDF download, $18
Who is the book written for?
What is in the book?
Does the book use standard music notation or tablature?
Bradley Laird - Have bass, will travel. Photo by Buddy Ashmore.
What songs are in the book?
Many of the songs are presented in progressively more interesting arrangements as I explain new techniques. Sometimes I have presented the same song in more than one key.
How do I learn to play songs that are not in the book?
I have been playing for a year or two. Is this book too easy for me?
What Songs Are Included?
Train 45, Boil Them Cabbage Down, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Nine Pound Hammer, Devil's Dream, Fair and Tender Ladies, Salt Creek, Old Joe Clark, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Red Haired Boy, Salty Dog, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, 12 Bar Blues... 27 versions of 15 songs!
But remember, my goal is to teach you to PLAY the bass and learn to create your own bass lines for any bluegrass tune. You will learn all of those songs (many in multiple versions) but, mostly, I am using the songs to teach you bass line ideas.
What else is included in the eBook course?
I only have an electric bass. Can I still use the book?
Sadly, a lot of fine rock, country, jazz or classical bass players have no clue how to play bluegrass simply because they've never studied it. If those folks study this book they will be able to fit right in at the next bluegrass jam or performance!
All of the notation and tablature is playable on upright bass or an electric bass.
This is a 93 page PDF download, $18
If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email.
In additional to this eBook I suggest that you pick up this collection of bluegrass jam tracks. With the information provided in the course you will be able to construct a bass part for all 17 of these songs and it will give you a great way to practice the techniques of playing bluegrass bass. (Hint: There is a bass part on the tracks. Listen to it first and then dial back the bass on your tone control, or simply play the tracks on a set of small speakers, and do your thing.)
This set of tracks has each song at multiple speeds--55 tracks in all. For more information and some sample tracks click here or use this button to download the track collection: