Bass Lines: Stu Hamm Clinic

Saturday / June 11, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century.

Extending the nontraditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Although Hamm certainly wasn't the first bass player to debut during the 1980s who employed an unorthodox approach to playing the electric bass, he was undoubtedly at the forefront of his generation, effectively fusing the application of these unconventional techniques.

As one of today's leading bassists, Hamm has released six critically acclaimed studio recordings that showcase his unique style on a genre-spanning spectrum of repertoire that merge rock, jazz, fusion, classical, country, and urban sounds.

In addition to his barrier-breaking solo sessions, Hamm has been hailed for his recording and touring stints with guitar icons Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. These longtime associations garnered Hamm award-winning recognition on a global scale. As a result, Hamm has received an extensive list of accolades such as being voted Best Jazz Bassist and Best Rock Bassist multiple times in major magazine polls.

Besides his projects with Satriani and Vai, other studio-related productions that have spotlighted Hamm's trademark style and technical facility include his three collaborations as a member of the trio GHS with guitarist Frank Gambale of Chick Corea's Elektric Band and former Journey drummer Steve Smith.

For the past two decades, Hamm has toured as one of the world's premier bass clinicians. He has also demonstrated his signature techniques and methodologies to avid students through his best-selling instructional videos and a book of transcriptions. He has also created an introductory online course to bass guitar.