Cedar Rapids, IA -- Area banjoist "Bill", who plays in all local bluegrass outfits has also expanded to playing bass in country bands. He claims he had a hard time at first, but then moved the bass high string to the spot where his thumb would play it and where the lowest string normally is. This way he can play the high bass notes with a thumb or thumb pick. Some of the other strings are also changed but he is not giving details at this time. "It works for me," he claims. The band does not really care, as long as he plays the root note of the chord often enough to keep the song in shape.