Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop
Note: The 2016 program has passed. See below for further information about the program.
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.
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.
|Program length:||Three days|
|Move in starting:||TBD|
|Move out by:||TBD|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Nonrefundable and nontransferable. Program information subject to change.
Musical Preparation and Placement
Below is a list of items you should be prepared to bring:
- Your instrument (electric, upright, etc.) and any necessary accessories
- 15-foot to 20-foot instrument cable
Notebook and pencil
Though not required, you are permitted to bring laptops, computers, tablets, etc. Wireless internet and electrical outlet plugs are provided throughout the campus. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to keep your items safe. Berklee is not responsible for the loss of these items.
Well before you arrive, you will receive two chapters from Wooten’s award-winning book, The Music Lesson. 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 that area.
Expand your musical horizons and discover new performance possibilities as a bass player. The curriculum will include:
- Faculty concerts: attend performances 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 lessons: 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.
Please note: the following schedule and courses are only a sample and are subject to change. You will receive personalized schedules on the first day of the program.
|9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Open Jam Sessions/Clinic|
|12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.||Welcome to Berklee|
|3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Survey of Bass Styles|
|5:00 - 7:00 p.m.||Dinner Break|
|7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||
Evening Concert by Faculty and Guests
|9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||Group Meeting|
|9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.||Theory/Harmony/Ear Training|
|11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||Bass Lab|
|12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Bass Ensemble Rehearsal|
|3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.||Q&A: Victor Wooten, Steve Bailely, and Select Berklee Faculty|
|5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.||Dinner Break|
|7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.||Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey Concert|
|9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||Group Meeting|
|9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.||Groove Clinic|
|11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.||Bass Ensembler Rehearsal|
|12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||Final Concert|
|4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Closing Awards Ceremony|
The Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop summer faculty includes:
- Steve Bailey, Program Director
- Victor Wooten
- Tom Appleman
- Dave Buda
- Bruce Gertz
- Fernando Huergo
- Steve Jenkins
- Ed Lucie
- Dave Marvuglio
- Dave Clark
- Joe Santerre
- Bob Sinicrope
- Tim Paul Weiner
- Anthony Vitti
- Jessie Williams
- Manuel Kauffman
- Rob Gourlay
- Danny Morris
Faculty subject to change