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 Alastair Whitehead

Alastair Whitehead is a bassist, songwriter, and teacher based in Toronto, Canada. Alastair started his career at a young age playing bass in the local clubs and theatres of his hometown St John’s Newfoundland. After several years cutting his teeth in the vibrant Newfoundland music scene, Alastair moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in jazz performance at Ontario’s prestigious Humber College. Since then Alastair has earned a reputation in the thriving Toronto roots scene, touring across Canada, the U.S., Europe, and as far as the Middle East with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Alastair co-leads Ontario’s acclaimed bluegrass outfit, the Slocan Ramblers as well as working regularly as a side man at home in Toronto. Along with an active performing schedule Alastair works regularly teaching bass, and has taught across North America at camps such as, RockyGrass, Nimble Fingers, Northern Lights, and Camp He Ho Ha.

Intermediate bass

This is a class dedicated to playing upright bass in the old time and bluegrass traditions. We will explore the relationship between our bodies and this physically demanding instrument, including basic technique and injury prevention. Other topics throughout the course include keeping good time, tone production, playing with others, improvising, listening well, basic music theory, relevant historical information, hearing recordings, and anything else we may like to explore as a class. We will learn some standard tunes and songs. The goal of this course is to sharpen our skills and confidence as bassists while still keeping a fun and relaxed relationship to the instrument.

Students should have a grasp on basic technique, and fundamentals of the instrument. While this will all be reviewed and built upon throughout the class, basic technique and some previous experience on the instrument is encouraged.