The Bass-ics: American Roots Bass Fundamentals

The Bass-ics: American Roots Bass Fundamentals

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Folk
  • Old Time
  • School of Music class


“While there exists many forms of euphoria and pleasure in the world, nothing quite satisfies the human spirit as much as a solid bass” said some old wise philosopher somewhere and I wholeheartedly and unbiasedly agree.

In this class, we will be working on the core fundamentals of bass and its role in musical settings. The class will be centered around developing good technique, learning some theory, patterns and rhythms within the North American roots music, and how to play well and jam with other musicians. The class will be primarily taught by ear with a few handouts/exercises provided.

No prior experience is needed.

This class runs from 6:30-7:45pm and will be held on Mondays Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26.

Please note: Limited to 8 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund. 

Nelson WillIiams

Nelson Williams is a humble musician steeped in the classical, jazz and American roots music traditions. Being raised in South Louisiana, Upright/Electric bassist Nelson’s musical taste and stylings has always resembled a gumbo pot of sorts; influenced by a wide array flavors and music cultures. Hemmed primarily in the traditions of classical, jazz and American roots music, Nelson has performed in a broad scope of musical contexts but finds himself centered around performing with the Folk/Americana trio that is Brother’s Bear and as a sideman for his longtime friend and songwriter James McCann. Outside of the realm of music, Nelson is a staunch Classicist with a focus on Latin and Greco-Roman literature/history. Nelson recently relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana where he teaches private lessons and freelances.

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