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Tips for a newbie?

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by Skabasskid, May 15, 2011.

  1. Skabasskid


    Mar 6, 2011
    I'm just now getting into playing Bluegrass with a new band. I've been listening to it casually for awhile, but now that I'm finally getting into things, I want to know the bassics. (pun thoreauly intended) :rollno:

    But all puns aside, I would like to know some basic information such as:

    • Who to listen to
    • Basic Technique Necessities
    • Etc.

    Thanks a ton!
  2. punkozuna


    Mar 19, 2011
    Irrigon, Oregon
    well, since no one else has answered.....

    • Basic Technique Necessities

    1-5, repeat as necessary ;-)

    I'm only being half-facetious. "Playing 1-5 on the one-three" will get you started jamming. You can add the embellishments as you hear them from other players/records.

    Blue Grass is a great genre for beginning bassists because the bass role is pretty limited and simple. Yet you could spend a lifetime on the subtleties of timing and working on what embellishments actually help the song.
  3. bobsax


    Jan 16, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    Howdy Folks
    I'm in the same boat as Punkozuna.

    I'm guessing that with Bluegrass knowing the repertoire is a good thing to know as is playing by ear.
    I've been working on both by just jamming along with bluegrass music. The library has lots of titles like "Classic Bluegrass and Old Time Hits etc.

    I'm looking into the Bluegrass Academy online. It looks like they have play along tracks of BG tunes and I reckon they're probably bluegrass standards.

    I would bet (or hope) there's a list somewhere here at TalkBass of the essential tunes to know for sessions and jams.:help:
  4. NWbassman


    Sep 4, 2011
    Here is a list of folksong cord charts
    Folk song Cords – basic
    Guitar Chords to Folk Songs

    Not sure where I got this.
    It should give you a place to start
    I asterisked the ones I run into regularly and added a few

    All-Time Bluegrass Jam Session Top 63
    compiled by Pete Wernick and randomly added to by me


    Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms *
    Blue Ridge Cabin Home
    New River Train
    Think Of What You’ve Done
    Nine Pound Hammer *
    Little Maggie *
    Good Old Mountain Dew *
    Salty Dog *
    Footprints In The Snow
    Worried Man Blues *
    Long Journey Home (Two Dollar Bill)
    Lonesome Road Blues
    Bile Em Cabbage Down *
    Sitting On Top Of The World *
    How Mountain Girls Can Love
    Fox On The Run *
    Jesse James
    Love Please Come Home
    Rabbit In The Log (Feast Here Tonight)
    Rocky Top *
    John Henry *
    Roving Gambler
    Sunny Side Of The Mountain *
    I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home


    Cripple Creek *
    Angeline the Baker *
    Boil Them Cabbage Down *
    Liberty *
    Old Joe Clark *
    Foggy Mt. Breakdown *
    Soldiers Joy *
    Salt Creek *
    Clinch Mt. Backstep
    Red Haired Boy
    Sally Goodin
    John Hardy *
    Blackberry Blossom *
    Bill Cheatham *
    Whiskey before Breakfast *
    Dear Old Dixie

    Waltz (3/4) time

    All The Good Times Are Past And Gone
    White Dove
    Blue Moon Of Kentucky *
    Tennessee Waltz *
    Dark As a Dungeon

    Other Slow Tempo

    Faded Love *
    Long Black Veil *
    Banks Of The Ohio
    Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky


    I’ll Fly Away *
    I Saw the Light *
    Will The Circle Be Unbroken *
    Angel Band
    Swing Low Sweet Chariot *
    Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad

    Well-known songs that work well in bluegrass style

    This Land Is Your Land *
    Wabash Cannonball *
    You Are My Sunshine *
    When the Saints Go Marching In *
    Red River Valley
    She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain
    Mama Don’t ‘Low
    Careless Love
    Red Wing *
    Charlie and the MTA *
  5. tomshepp

    tomshepp Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Maynard MA

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