Bass Clinics? Bass Weekend Event?

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Bass Clinics? Bass Weekend Event?

Post by kninez » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:36 am

...another thing that would be great to start up in NZ (pref Auck) would be an annual weekend or seminar for all levels of bass players to do diff classes with diff teachers....i.e. have specialist slap class, technique, bass theory, etc....and finish the week or weekend/seminar up with a performance from the students....like they do in the states of course fees apply but must be for all levels.... us inexperinced need the learning!!!! could even have a special guest tutor.....Id help with the admin !!!!! You teachers out there need to get your heads togeather on this one.....

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Post by Dan » Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:15 pm

Thats actually a really good idea kninez, all I fear is the amount of work that would need to be put into it :lol:

Seriously though, I'm sure getting sponsorship and the like wouldn't be hard for something like that, and it would definitely benefit alot of people!

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Post by beagle » Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:49 pm

I like your idea a lot Kninez but I think it needs to start simple.
The major issue is getting enough bass players along to make any event viable.
I'm not sure the bass community is 'connected' enough YET to support that sort of event with enough numbers.
I like Dan's sponsorship train of thought.
Getting wholesalers / shops / brands to host bass clinic evenings with guest pro overseas or local artists (like the drummers have every few months) would be a great start in my mind. So far we've seen bassplayer.co.nz used as a platform to promote a couple of Bass related clinics and I think that will only increase as our membership increases and shops recognise what we are capable of.
Big ups to Jansen for MarkBass Day... and Music Works for the upcoming Steely Dan Clinic. 8)
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Post by ryla » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:05 pm

just a couple of 1on1s with a tutor is far more productive than a stack of books/playalongs/private practice, just to know what your doing right so you dont waste practise time repeating it -
and the confidence you get from an objective view is the fast track to getting your music together - my thruppence worth.

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Post by Jazzbass » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:26 am

In the '60s, that used to happen at musical festival/weekends.

The bands would play and then there would be informal or at best semi-formal workshops all over the place. Maybe bands are too far up themselves these days to do that?

I'm sure none of you are old enought to remember, but there used to a National Banjo-pickers convention at Hamilton in the '60s. Remember - different times, don't throw your hands up in horror! We'd go along and enjoy the music, have a great time, get stoned, have a great time, get stoned...oops, sorry too many memories LOL. Then we'd all sit around one of the visiting band members and he'd show us riffs and different ways to play and we all have a blast!!

Mind you, that was in the days when, if you were a surfer and saw another car with board on, you'd stop and compare the best places to catch a wave. By the time I finished surfing, that attitude was long gone and I had to wear my diving knife to cut the leg ropes of wankers who constantly dropped in on me, before I pushed them off their boards - same with music - times change, people are less willing to share, it seems to me.... sad!

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Post by beagle » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:11 am

Jazzbass wrote:In the '60s, that used to happen at musical festival/weekends.
I know that Parachute music festival does this for christian musicians.
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Post by kninez » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:31 am

.....I agree it needs to be simple and start with nz based tutors/guest performing bass players....this is about being part of a bass community like one of you just said there does seem to be a lack of sharing and attitudes are sometimes stand-offish in the music arena...possibly 'cause people only want to relate to their own style. I dont know....but say something like art funding organisination/govt for sponsership etc....not every one is gonna want to attend of course, and there would be a fee applying to attendees.....and would of course have restricted places until it can grow....its got to offer a little more than an average bass class...but remember for all levels? Again I would volunteer my time to muck in and help...(of course I would be one of the attendees too!!!!)

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Post by Jazzbass » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:50 am

One thing I have learned about such sharings, is that all of us can learn something from it, sometimes from the most unlikely source. Since I grew up and out of being a rock snob, I've picked up little ideas from all genres - yes, even from country. My playing has been the better for that. :)

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Post by nzsimon » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:52 pm

If we did one how many of you would definatly come it costs a lot of money to put on and then gets everyone down when only a couple turn up
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Post by john » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:21 pm

great idea but we are all spread throughout the country .

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Post by Dan » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:17 am

nzsimon wrote:If we did one how many of you would definatly come it costs a lot of money to put on and then gets everyone down when only a couple turn up
Obviously for a thing like this, it would be required to book and pay up front. I'd definitely be keen to be involved in this also.

And John, of course not everyone is in Auckland, or even a major city for that matter. Either it would be worth a trip, or you could organise one in your own home town! It wouldn't only be people from this forum either I'm sure.

It'd be a lot of work, but if anyone wants to take the reins, let me know ;)

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