Instructor: Rick Ramsey

Level: No experience necessary

Ages: Teens/Adults

4 Week Mini-Session: Tuesdays, 11/17/20 - 12/15/20

*No class 11/24

5pm - 5:55pm

All classes will be held online via Zoom.

Description: Everything you need to know to get started on upright bass. For complete beginners!

Prerequisite: None

What students will leave this class having learned:

· Technique: 

  • Bass set-up
  • string height, hand placement, stance, parts of bass
  • preventing repetitive motion injuries
  • hand exercises
  • ear training

· Tunes/Songs: Boil 'em Cabbage Down, Old Joe Clark, and Long Journey Home (other material may also be used)

· Group Playing skills: 

  • The 3 T’s—Timing, Taste, Tone
  • Role of the bass in Bluegrass band
  • Listening to the other instruments
  • Volume
  • Playing with singers
  • Chord changes
  • Walk-ups, walk-downs
  • Endings
  • Double taps

· Other:

  • Scales
  • Metronome practice
  • Practicing with recordings
  • Root/5th knowledge of common bluegrass keys


Rick Ramsey


Rick Ramsey grew up in a musical family in Southside Virginia. From the age of three he was singing with his father and brothers and learned multiple harmony parts from them. He holds down the “low end” with his big upright bass and sings whatever part is needed.

Rick lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 20 years, where he played in multiple bands; most notably with the Superstition Ridge Bluegrass Band. Superstition Ridge won multiple awards at festivals throughout the southwest and Rick, along with singing partner John Svenson, won the 2012 Four Corners Duet Singing Championship.

After 35 years in the banking industry, Rick recently retired and move back to Virginia, settling in the Charlottesville area. He has recently played bass with Grit City Grass, a Crozet, Virginia based band and he can be heard playing bass and singing with the Blue-Collar Bluegrass Band, a Roanoke-area band

Choose a Pricing Option

$104

Upright Bass for Beginners (4 weeks): QTY 1

$208

Upright Bass for Beginners (4 weeks): QTY 2