Bowing bluegrass solos

I’m a new bass player (about 18 months) who plays with a group of people that primarily play bluegrass. For the past 7 months I’ve been practicing French bow with the intent of being able to take my turn soloing with the rest of the band. My band mates are very supportive.

My typical method is to take a fiddle solo from a book like Parking Lot Pickers and then transpose it to bass clef. I’ll often have to simplify it to make it playable by me (and then it has to sometimes still be played slowly).

I’m interested in trading simple bass bluegrass arco solos with others who are attempting the same thing. I attempt to rate them in level of difficulty from the easiest (Level 0) to harder (Level 1) and so on.

If you are interested in these, please download them and enhance them.  (And send them back to me to be included.)  Please attach a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA license to each, so other bass players can share and improve it, too.

Little Maggie

  • Level 0 [pdf]

Old Joe Clark

  • Level 0 in A [pdf]

Nine Pound Hammer

  • Level 0 in G [pdf]