Bass, Levels 2/3

Steve Roy

Bass: the root of everything! This class will explore all things bass. We'll cover a variety of topics including:

  • The roles that bass plays in various band and jam settings, and how to relate and connect with the instruments/people you're playing with 
  • Posture and technique fundamentals that will allow us to access all of the essential parts of the vast geography of the upright bass
  • The roadmap of the bass, and finding our way around in the giant black hole that is the upright bass fingerboard
  • Bass line composition including root-5 bass lines, runs to and from chords, walking bass lines, and other patterns
  • Melodies and soloing
  • Understanding the building blocks of music theory for the purposes of figuring out music on the fly, communicating well (musically, at least) with others, and creating inventive new musical ideas on your own
  • Slapping, bowing, double stops, squeaks, buzz sounds, and other miscellaneous tricks

Prerequisites: Students should have some experience playing with others and a decent handle of the root-5 bass line. Bring your bass, your bow (if you have one), and a notebook of some sort. Other helpful items could be a recording device, a folding music stand, and coffee.  

About Steve Roy

Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from Eliot, Maine who plays and teaches upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and ukulele. Primarily known as an upright bassist, he has toured internationally with some of the acoustic music world's top acts such as Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, John Reischman, Molly Tuttle, Joe K. Walsh & Grant Gordy, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Joy Kills Sorrow, Hit and Run Bluegrass, and many others. He has been leading a weekly open bluegrass jam on the NH seacoast for over a decade. Bluegrass Now Magazine calls Steve a "devastating weapon." Steve is currently a faculty member at 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME, and at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH.  He has taught at bluegrass camps and music workshops throughout the USA and Canada, including Ossipee Valley String Camp (ME), Banjo Camp North (MA), Mountain Fever (BC, CA), Fiddleheads Jam Camp (NH), Camp He Ho Ha (Alberta, CA). SKAK (TN), and Nimblefingers Old Time & Bluegrass Workshops in British Columbia.

Steve has taught at most major music camps around the country, and not only is he a fantastic teacher—he brings an abundance of fun and joy for music everywhere he goes. Good times at camp anytime Steve's around! Bass players, we wholeheartedly suggest you sign right up for Steve's class—we’re flying him in all the way from Maine for a good reason!