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Beginning Bluegrass Bass
Beginning Bluegrass Bass
Actor: Mark Schatz
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 15min

Mark Schatz teaches basic patterns and scales, fingerings, passing notes, chord progressions, arpeggios, chromatic scales and other important subjects, applying them to several classic bluegrass songs. 75 minutes.


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Actor: Mark Schatz
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Tapes
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Not for the absolute beginner
Bass Hound | 10/11/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Mark is a very gifted player but he had not really prepared a true beginner lesson. This is more of one (classically trained) bass player's review of the things that work for him. If you are completely new to bass playing then this should not be the first DVD to get. I would classify this DVD good for an low-end intermediary player who wants to get more in depth information on playing the bass. To put it in prespective:"Good ol' 1 and 5" and "as simple as it gets" playing a tune such as blue ridge cabin home is way over my head, and I had already been playing this tune in its basic format from the Murphy video. So don't get this video if you are totally new at playing bass unless you are interested in seeing where this whole bass playing thing can lead to. It is a fascinating video in that it shows what you can do on bass, but you are not going to learn it from this video until you have a way stronger base and I'd say at least three months of play under your belt.

Some background: I knew nothing about bass and I started with the Murphy method which I would highly recommend as the first DVD to get. Then I looked at Dan Huckabee's DVD which has a lot more theory than Murphy's (I was glad I had seen Murphy's first - see my review of Dan's DVD, which is worth getting but it has some production problems).

Pick up the upright bass, it's a good time!"