Bluegrass ala Jamey Abersold

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by B. Graham, May 3, 2005.

  1. B. Graham

    B. Graham Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    Anyone know of a play-a-long series for Bluegrass like what Jamey Abersold does for jazz?
  2. SleeperMan2000


    Jul 31, 2002
    Cary NC
    Never heard of a playalong for bluegrass.

    I bought this book and it served me well in the beginning:

    Most instructive was playing, and in our neck of the woods there are opportunities.

    Check out banjo-in-the-hollow, lots of open picking sessions on their calendar:

    Listen to Backporch music on 91.5 WUNC Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and play along.
  3. B. Graham

    B. Graham Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I hadn't heard of much, at least not as much as one would expect in our area. Pickin' in person would certainly be the best, but I need a supplement. New daughter arriving in a few weeks, and getting out will be tough to do for a while.

    Thanks for the direction.
  4. B. Graham

    B. Graham Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    While the Abersold stuff is kind of bland, it's great stuff. Bluegrass versions of the same could be really handy for a whole compliment of folks.

    If I could play halfway decent I'd come up with a product and take it to market.
  5. You might try Jay Buckey . He has some stuff--it is very slow and geared more toward beginners but it is okay for some practicing. At one point he had some free MP3 files available for download but I think he pulled most of those.

    Another option might be to get Band in a Box then download some 'grass midi files. There are lots of them out there. It's not like playing with humans but it surely beats playing alone.
  6. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Since the majority of bluegrass records reduce the bass to a percussive thump, you'd probably find it pretty easy to cut the bass on your stereo and just play along with recordings.
  7. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
  8. I use the Amazing SlowDowner software to play CDs at a slower tempo for learning songs and to change keys for practicing songs in different keys. It will slow down, speed up, and change keys/pitch independently of each other function

    It also has a built in eq to boost the bass and cut the other noise like banjos. :)

    You can download a sample or trial version from

    A decent set of speakers with a sub-woofer for your computer is also very helpful.

    Get of copy of some of the Flatt and Scruggs recordings from the late 50's early 60's era with Jake Tullock playing bass and crank it up.
  9. Just remember that they tuned a half step high for most of their stuff. I understand that used to drive some folks nuts.
  10. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Hee hee. I was at a practice the other night and watched a couple of guys listen to the first few bars of "Maybe The Good Things Will Outweigh The Bad", which is recorded in F#. Bluegrass in F is weird enough, but F# had 'em capo-ing and barring to beat the band!