Bass, levels 2/3
In this class, we’ll work on firming up your “bass-ic” techniques, expanding your vocabulary, exploring note choices and bass patterns and how they apply to different styles, and providing the right feel for oldtime, bluegrass, country and swing. We’ll work on supporting vocalists, taking solos, and providing a solid foundation for the band. Take your ability and experience and apply it to music in general, and also learn why it’s rewarding and fun to play for a contra dance. We’ll talk, listen and play.
Prerequisites: You should already be comfortable participating in a bluegrass jam or old time session and have a grasp of the most common I-IV-V chord changes in these styles.
Paul Knight began playing electric bass at age fourteen. He was taught basic blues and boogie bass lines that were the foundation of much of the popular music of his youth. He picked up the double bass twenty one years ago and never looked back. He’s played in several Bay Area bands and appeared on Sandy Rothman’s CD Old Road to Home within his first year as an upright player. The next year he hit the road as tour manager and sound engineer for Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. During that time Paul was learning from the top acoustic players while traveling to music festivals all over the U.S. & Europe. He met Peter Rowan at a festival in 1994 and performed with him at the Kate Wolf Festival that year. Peter and Paul have been working together ever since, eventually forming the Peter Rowan Bluegrass band and receiving a Grammy nomination for the band’s Legacy release in 2010. Since 1992 Paul has toured, recorded and performed with many wonderful musicians including The David Thom Band, Judith Edelman, Scott Nyguaard, Due West, Perfect Strangers, Kleptograss, Jody Stecher, The Auxcajunals, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Stuart & Back Country, Kathy Kalick Band, Nina Gerber, Scott Law, The Tuttle Family, David Grisman Quintet and more.
Paul is also a phenomenal sound man and does the sound at our camp. He’s taught elective classes for years at camp on both sound topics and bass technique. He taught this bass class last fall and received high praise from his students; we're happy to have him do it again.