Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop
Would you like your bass lines to groove? Victor Wooten and his team of esteemed instructors join forces with Berklee's world-class faculty to help take your playing to the next level. Wooten and his longtime collaborator Steve Bailey, Berklee's Bass Department chair, have created a fusion of cutting-edge educational concepts from Berklee and the Victor Wooten Center for Music. Take away valuable skills and knowledge while exploring a range of bass styles.
|Program length:||3 days|
|Program dates:||Friday, June 12, 2015 to Sunday, June 14, 2015|
|Age range:||15 years and older
If you're also interested in enrolling at Berklee full-time or attending any of Wooten's programs in Nashville, there are several benefits to attending the Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop:
- Find out what it takes to succeed in music and at Berklee.
- Study with Berklee faculty.
- Learn more about Wooten’s bass/nature camp and concepts and ensure guaranteed acceptance into any of the more than 11 annual programs ranging in length from three days to three weeks.
- Meet other musicians from around the world.
- Get to know Boston, New England’s hub of culture and academia.
- Learn about admission, audition, and scholarship requirements.
What’s the plan?
- Start and end the day with lectures, lessons, and performances by Wooten and his team.
- Faculty concerts: Attend concerts performed by Berklee faculty members and a final concert by Wooten and his all-star band.
- Ensemble: Gain rhythm-section performance experience through work in an ensemble setting.
- Group lesson: Develop instrumental skills specific to performing music on the bass. This class is taught in a group/master class setting.
- Theory/harmony/ear training: Experience the Wooten/Berklee approach to harmony as it applies to the bass.
- Survey of bass styles: Gain a historical overview of bass in the rhythm section starting in the early 1900s.
On the last day of the program, friends and family are welcome to attend an afternoon concert presented by Victor Wooten and program participants, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Musical Preparation and Placement
Well before you arrive, you will receive two chapters from Wooten’s award-winning book, The Music Lesson (also used in Berklee curriculum). A large part of the program will be based on these and other chapters from the book. Reading the entire book is suggested but not required.
You will also be placed into classes, labs, and ensembles with other participants of similar training. To determine your level, the faculty would like you to arrive prepared to play a short piece of music in a style with which you are comfortable: jazz/blues, rock/funk, or Latin/world beat. If you read music, you will be asked to demonstrate your skills in this area.