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Charlie Mertens

Telluride native, Charles (Charlie) Parker Mertens is a multi-genre bassist, cellist, and producer. He is currently the bass player for the award-winning international touring band Rapidgrass and The Bluegrass Journeymen. Charlie has performed with Thievery Corporation, Les Nubians, and Cyril Neville and can be seen playing with Swing Fiddle Champion Katie Glassman, as well as Tony Furtado, Fox St. Allstars, Analog Son, and many, many more. He loves to try and be authentic and aware of cultural nuance in any style that he is playing.


Bass Workshop: Intermediate – Advanced

Course Description: In this course you will work on fundamentals of playing the bass in a bluegrass setting. You’ll cover topics including…

  • Technique
  • Rhythm
  • Intonation & Projection
  • Backup Styles
  • And a variety of popular songs!

What to bring: 

  • Instrument + Bow
  • Rosen
  • Tuner
  • Extra strings
  • Music Stand