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Although designed for newcomers to the upright bass and bluegrass music in general, this unique approach to creating basslines has something for everyone! The first half focuses on bass-playing essentials, giving the reader a solid technical footing with the instrument. Then, using his own baritone voice and the classic bluegrass song, “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad,” author Nate Sabat reveals his creative process in crafting effective basslines from the song’s melody and chord progression.

The second half focuses on bass playing within the specific context of complementing bluegrass vocals. Well beyond what you might expect from an introductory method, Nate tastefully guides the reader by presenting multiple composed bassline options for each of five well-known bluegrass songs: Rabbit in the Log, Don’t this Road Look Rough and Rocky?, Long Journey Home, I Am a Pilgrim, and Angel Band.


"I feel that the author -- a founding member of the bluegrass band Mile Twelve who studied bass at the Berklee College of Music -- has done a great job providing an easy-to-follow book that is a much-needed addition to the library of the beginning-to-intermediate level bluegrass bass player. This book is highly recommended." - Dan Miller, Bluegrass Unlimited

Dirt Simple Upright Bass (Book)

  • 45-page instructional book complete with online audio, signed and personalized by the author.

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