Acoustic Bass Workshop: Country, Swing, and Bluegrass.
Matt Small will
lead this workshop and introduce the basic concepts for playing acoustic
bass in country, swing, and bluegrass styles. The major
scale will be introduced and discussed as a starting point for building
bass lines. The scale concept will be used to create intro and passing
notes for country bass lines. The scale concept will be expanded to
illustrate some common methods for building swing bass lines. Finally,
introduce methods for getting that bluegrass "slap" sound.
Bass players and non-bass players of all levels are welcome.
St. Louis (home of the blues some might say) Matt started out playing
classical music on a number of instruments including coronet,
french horn, and bassoon... Matt took up the bass in high school
moving from Bach to rock with a little bluegrass and country in between...
Matt's strong and often melodic bass lines anchor the rhythm section
the song in the groove... An accomplished singer, song writer, guitarist,
and bassist (both acoustic and electric) Matt has played with a number
of bands including: fat boy and the rhythm pigs, the assassins of
eclipse, coyote moon, station, the cole valley ramblers, Jeanie and
Chuck's roundup, and the Wilsey Project... Matt was born into a family
of music and formed the deep river boys, the whiskey gulch stringaderos,
and the new swingaderos with his father Clem Small...