Just so no one gets the wrong idea-First, I enjoy listening to and playing bluegrass. Its not my main thing but I do appreciate the genre. Second, I am in no way saying that this is the norm for bluegrass festivals. That said-I attended a fairly good sized bluegrass festival this weekend, that did have several national acts as well as lots of regional groups. I was absolutely appalled by the total disregard of technique and misinformation that was spewed by the guy that they had teaching the "Beginner-Intermediate Bluegrass Bass Workshop". This guy had a class of about 15 of us, many of whom had their brand new chinese ebay basses in tow, and most of whom were just getting started playing bass. I couldnt believe the things he was saying to the class- always keep your bass at arms length, keep the front of the bass at a 90 degree angle to your chest, wrap your thumb around the neck for the "claw hammer grip"????, pivot using the index and ring finger on your left hand to play I and V, the left hand doesnt matter anyway-just as long as you go up and down the neck in time???....All of this, he claimed, was an ergonomic approach to playing the bass. This crap went on for a half hour. It took every ounce of restraint that I had, to keep from telling everyone there, that this guy should stick with lawnmower repair. Sorry about the rant. I just had to get it off my chest.