bluegrass bass lessons with missy raines

Missy Raines knows bluegrass and can teach you how to become a master of double bass.

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Learn Online with Bluegrass Bass Lessons from Missy Raines

Missy Raines has created a definitive video library that includes hundreds of bluegrass bass lessons. Students have unlimited access to all these online bass lessons plus bass tabs, backing tracks, and other study materials.

What ultimately sets these online bass lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Missy Raines reviews each submission and records a video response, offering tips about how to improve. All students can access Missy’s Video Exchange library, which is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Bluegrass Bass Lessons

  • 100s of bass lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from beginner to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
Video Exchange® Learning

  • Submit practice videos to Missy Raines
  • Get custom feedback on your playing
  • Practice the advice and get better faster
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress your playing

Missy Raines Bluegrass Bass Lessons

Click a lesson category below to explore the curriculum
  • Beginner Bass
  • Intermediate Bass
  • Advanced Bass
  • Special Guest Instruction: Paul Kowert

Beginner Bass

  • Your Playing Position
  • Learning Names and Tunings
  • Video Exchange Introductions
  • Understanding the Root and 5
  • Introducing the Metronome
  • Disappearing the Click
  • Subdividing
  • Left Hand Technique
  • Your Hand as an Interval
  • Hand Interval Exercise 1
  • Hand Interval Exercise 2
  • Your Thumb
  • Basic Concepts
  • Body Energy: Using Your Body
  • Bass Setup
  • Strings
  • Major Scale Across 3 Strings: G Scale
  • Major Scale Across 3 Strings: A Scale
  • Major Scale Across 3 Strings: C Scale
  • Major Scale Across 3 Strings: B Scale
  • Practicing Major Scales
  • Minor Scales
  • Right Hand Technique
  • Right Hand Exercise 1: Developing Alternating Finger Strength and the "Follow Thru"
  • Right Hand Exercise 2: Developing Dexterity and Finger Control
  • Finding G, C, and D
  • Finding A, D, and E
  • Two Dollar Bill in G
  • John Hardy in G
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken in A
  • Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
  • Submit a Placement Video

Intermediate Bass

  • The Role of the Bass in Bluegrass
  • Getting Good Tone: Tips vs. Meat
  • The Numbering System
  • Playing in Different Keys Using Numbers
  • Using the Number System: "Old Home Place" in A
  • Using the Number System: "Old Home Place" in B
  • "Little Maggie" in A
  • Walking Lines 1: Boogie Woogie Bass
  • Walking Lines 2: Common Bluegrass Runs
  • "Head Over Heels" in G
  • Inverting the Root and 5
  • How to Play in Waltz or 3/4 Time "Rank Stranger"
  • Single String Scales
  • Metronome Exercises
  • Basic Slapping
  • The Soft Slap
  • Slapping Solo: "Ground Speed" in G
  • Embellishments, Accents, and Supporting the Soloist
  • Learning the Melody: Tune Breakdown
  • Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
  • Submit a Placement Video

Advanced Bass

  • Introduction to Advanced
  • Building Your Own Walking Basslines
  • "Blackberry Blossom" in G
  • Embellishing the Melody "You Are My Sunshine" in G
  • Swing Feel: Accenting the 2 and 4
  • "Sweet Georgia Brown" in F
  • Vibrato: How to Do It and When to Do It
  • Ghost Notes in the Night
  • Groove: The Holy Grail, An Introduction
  • Grooving with the Mandolin
  • Grooving with the Guitar
  • "Cincinnati at Night" Double Stops
  • "Inside Out" Double Stops and "Drop Thumb"
  • "Silver Lake" 3rd Finger Drone
  • "Bells of Norfolk" Brushing the Strings
  • Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
  • Submit a Placement Video

Special Guest Instruction: Paul Kowert

  • Bass Setup
  • Principles of Using the Bow
  • Putting it to Practice
  • Managing Mechanics for Variety
  • Articulation
  • Tuning
  • Pedal Tones: “Scotch & Swing”
  • “Bury Me Beneath the Willow Tree”
  • “Salty Dog” (Tuba Style)
  • “Golden Slippers”
  • “St. Anne's Reel”
  • “I am a Pilgrim”
  • “I am a Pilgrim” (Outside the Pocket)
  • “Whiskey Before Breakfast” (Pizzicato)
  • “Fortune”
  • Solo Tuning vs. Standard Tuning
  • Solo Tuning: Changing Strings
  • Solo Tuning Overview
  • Rosin
  • “I am Your Flower” (Solo Tuning)
  • “Flannery's Dream” (Solo Tuning)
  • “Flippin” (Solo Tuning)
  • “Bury Me Beneath the Willow Tree” (Solo Tuning)

Reviews for Bluegrass Bass Lessons with Missy Raines

  • "For years, I took conventional music lessons with a live teacher. I’ve been regretting not jumping back into music lessons soon – but as a mover and a shaker I just don’t have the time. ArtistWorks allows me to master the walking bass from the comforts of the Internet – on my own schedule. A true interactive musical learning experience for a mere $20 a month."Harmon Leon
  • "I'm glad I did this, I was doing a lot of things wrong, bad technique. I have a long way to go, but I am enjoying looking through beginners eyes again. So far, the lessons are great. I really love having them all on video. I watch them over and over and it really starts to sink in. Missy is very good about responding to your video clips with a video response of her own. I would totally recommend this for anyone starting out no matter if it's bluegrass or jazz or rockabilly that you want to play. She gets you set in on the proper technique that will help way down the road."JoBigsby
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About Missy

Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association with seven IBMA Awards to her name. A former member of the Claire Lynch Band, as well as her acclaimed duo with Jim Hurst, Missy Raines is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field.

Her rich pedigree reaches from legends such as Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, and Eddie Adcock, to contemporary artists like Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dudley Connell and Don Rigsby. Missy also toured and recorded with the rootsy, edgy Brother Boys. Missy has toured and performed extensively all over the world for the last 25 years and has given bass lessons at dozens of workshops and music camps.

Aside from her online bass lessons at ArtistWorks Missy plays with her own band (The New Hip), bridging the genres of newgrass and jazz in the spirit of David Grisman and many other musical influences. 

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