Some musicians defy the laws of talent with their skills and work ethic. Charles Berthoud is a British bassist who is changing the way we think about the bass guitar. You won’t believe your ears!
Charles recently visited Georgia, and his fans asked him to perform the classic Charlie Daniels’ hit ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ on his bass guitar. Charles is always happy to take requests, and he produces a masterful performance.
He performs in a field of grass and trees on a jet-black 4-string bass guitar. He hits all the parts, playing melody, bassline, and even the guitar part. After performing the melody on the song’s singing part, he rocks the virtuosic fiddle part on the bass!
It’s hard to believe you could play this fast and melodic on an instrument known for its low-range. Charles fittingly titles his version ‘The Bass Went Down to Georgia.’ The song is 3-minutes of musical bliss!
The original song by the ‘Charlie Daniels Band’ was released on their 1979 album ‘Million Mile Reflections.’ The lyrics tell the story of ‘Johnny’ who made a classic deal with the devil. The tune reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Charles is one of the most versatile bass players in the world, rising to stardom through his YouTube channel and live shows. As shown in this performance, he is a master of the ‘Two-handed’ tapping technique. It is like he plays the bass like a piano, accompanying himself with multiple parts.
You can easily hear the years of practice and hard work that Charles has put into his craft. The music performance is one of the best you’ll hear on bass guitar. It features the most iconic fiddle solos in country music history played on electric bass!