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New Hampshire Bass Fest - June 20-23, 2007


New Hampshire Bass Fest
At the New Hampshire Community Technical College, bassists of all playing levels from around North America will gather for a four-day celebration of the bottom end beginning on June 20th. Over the course of the days that follow, bass aficionados will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of structured daily activities which will focus on both traditional and contemporary techniques for electric and acoustic upright bassists and cover a broad range of styles. Included in these festivities are lectures, demonstrations, lab-style playing classes, master classes, and nightly concerts featuring a group of world-class performers, guest artists, and distinguished educators. In addition to providing the fuel for recharging your musical goals, bass enthusiasts will have access to the expertise shared by the many luthiers, vendors, and equipment manufacturers that will be in attendance to demonstrate their products.

In this interview, New Hampshire Bass Fest director and Berklee College of Music associate professor Jim Stinnett discusses this year's event.




How did the New Hampshire Bass Fest come together?

The New Hampshire Bass Fest grew out of our very successful Bass Workout programs. In the last six years, we have presented twenty-three Bass Workouts to highly motivated students. These three-day intensive workshops have had such a positive impact on attendees that I realized it was time to offer our presentation to a larger audience. Add the world-class players and educators who are scheduled to appear at the NHBF to our Bass Workout faculty, and we have the ingredients for tremendous success. All that was left to do was the incredible amount of behind the scenes, non-musical work.

Is there anything that makes the New Hampshire Bass Fest unique when compared to other bass events?

There are a number of unique aspects to the New Hampshire Bass Fest. First, the NHBF is a school, festival, and exhibition combined. Master classes, lectures, playing labs, ensembles, and performances will offer the student and professional an abundance of educational opportunities. Lab classes will allow each student to play his or her instrument and be heard. We will have amps for every participant, and the volume will be controlled so that acoustic players can hear themselves. Numerous daily performances will ensure that anyone not participating in playing labs will still be abundantly entertained.

Secondly, the NHBF is open to players of all instruments. Our faculty and guest artists are not limited to just bass players. We have a number of guitarists and drummers already registered. The entire program is also geared for both electric and acoustic upright bassists.

All faculty and guest artists will be readily accessible to all attendees. There will be numerous settings created to talk and hang with the heavies. The association alone will be worth the price of admission. Our goal is to make sure that each person who attends the NHBF has a fun and valuable experience.

Can you tell us about the artists that will be appearing?

The artists are all first-rate performers. Each day of the event will feature a player/educator who is active on the national and international music scene. Each day will also feature an artist of prominence in the New England area. The list includes:
Rufus Reid
Michael Manring
Steve Bailey
Seth Horan
Rob Gourlay
Bruce Gertz
Dave Buda
Marshall Wood
Dino Govoni (saxophone)
Dan Wilson (guitar)
Everett Wilson (guitar)
Joe Hunt (drums)
Tom Arey (drums)

In addition to the previously mentioned artists, a variety of professionals will be presenting including luthier Chris Stambaugh, historian Mirek Kocandrle, and myself.

What will be the focus of the subjects that will be taught at the bass fest?

The playing labs will focus on developing fundamental technique and concept for both electric and upright bass. Specific classes will be offered for the development of left-hand technique, right-hand technique, fingerboard knowledge, arco technique, tapping, slapping, double thumbing, groove making, reading music, transcription, practicing techniques, and walking lines.

Should participants bring their own equipment?

If you want to participate in the lab classes, you should bring your instrument, cable, and tuner. We will supply the amps. Obviously, you will need paper and pencil for taking notes. I should mention that if you choose not to bring your instrument to the festival, there will still be plenty to do. You can sit in on any class without actually playing.

Do you have a complete schedule of the daily activities?

Wednesday - June 20, 2007
Guest Artists - Rufus Reid, Dave Buda
9:00 AM - Lecture: "The Essential Jazz Collection" - Faculty
10:00 AM - Lab: "Technique for Electric Bass" - Faculty
10:00 AM - Lab: "Technique for Acoustic Bass" - Faculty
11:00 AM - Master Class: Dave Buda
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Performance: Faculty
2:00 PM - Master Class: Rufus Reid
3:00 PM - Lab: Tap Technique - Faculty
3:00 PM - Lab: Walking Lines - Faculty
3:00 PM - Bass Ensemble A: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Bass Ensemble B: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Lab: Dave Buda
5:00 PM - Rock/Funk Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Swing Circle - Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Funk Circle - Faculty
6:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Concert: Guest Artists

Thursday - June 21, 2007
Guest Artists - Steve Bailey, Bruce Gertz, Rufus Reid
9:00 AM - Lecture/Demonstration: "Secret Chambers" - Faculty
10:00 AM - Lab: Slap Technique - Faculty
10:00 AM - Lab: Walking Lines - Rufus Reid
11:00 AM - Master Class: Bruce Gertz
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Performance: Faculty
2:00 PM - Master Class: Steve Bailey
3:00 PM - Guitar Session: Everett Pendleton & Dan Wilson
3:00 PM - Lab: Call & Response - Faculty
3:00 PM - Lab: Reading Transcriptions - Faculty
3:00 PM - Bass Ensemble A: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Bass Ensemble B: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Lab: Steve Bailey
4:00 PM - Jazz Improv: Bruce Gertz
5:00 PM - Rock/Funk Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Swing Circle - Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Funk Circle - Faculty
6:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Concert: Guest Artists

Friday - June 22, 2007
Guest Artists - Seth Horan, Rob Gourlay, Rufus Reid
9:00 AM - "A Historical Perspective On The Development Of The Electric Bass Part One: The Instrument" - Mirek Kocandrle
10:00 AM - "Know Your Instrument" (electric bass): Chris Stambaugh
10:00 AM - Learning Jazz Standards
11:00 AM - Master Class: Rob Gourlay
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Performance: Faculty
2:00 PM - Master Class: Seth Horan
3:00 PM - Drum Session: Joe Hunt & Tom Arey
3:00 PM - "A Historical Perspective On The Development Of The Electric Bass Part Two: The Players" - Mirek Kocandrle
3:00 PM - Bass Ensemble A: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Bass Ensemble B: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Lab: Seth Horan
4:00 PM - Lab: Tap Technique - Rob Gourlay
5:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Rock/Funk Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Swing Circle - Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Funk Circle - Faculty
6:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Concert: Guest Artists

Saturday - June 23, 2007
Guest Artists - Michael Manring, Marshall Wood, Rufus Reid
9:00 AM - Lecture/Demonstration: "Practice Techniques" - Jim Stinnett
10:00 AM - Lab: Victor Thumb - Faculty
10:00 AM - Arco Technique: Rufus Reid
11:00 AM - Master Class: Marshall Wood
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Performance: Faculty
2:00 PM - Master Class: Michael Manring
3:00 PM - "Know Your Instrument" (electric bass): Chris Stambaugh
3:00 PM - Lab: "Call & Response" - Faculty
3:00 PM - Lab: Reading Transcriptions - Faculty
3:00 PM - Bass Ensemble A: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Bass Ensemble B: Rehearsal - Rufus Reid
4:00 PM - Alternate Tunings: Michael Manring
4:00 PM - Lab: Jazz Soloing - Marshall Wood
5:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Rock/Funk Ensemble: Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Swing Circle - Faculty
5:00 PM - Lab: Funk Circle - Faculty
6:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Concert: Guest Artists

There will also be some additional lunch time concerts in the school cafe.

Are participants placed in particular classes determined by their playing ability, or can they choose the specific events they want to attend?

Both. Everyone is free to choose which sessions they want to attend. Some of the ensembles will be filled with players who have demonstrated the ability to participate comfortably. For many of the labs, we anticipate multiple sections to be determined by levels of ability.

What is the cost to attend the bass fest, and where can people register?

The cost is $439.00 for the four-day event prior to June 1st. This does not include food or lodging. Please visit our web site for more information regarding lodging options. This registration fee allows you to attend any or all events including the evening guest artist concerts. The evening performances will also be open to the public with tickets available at the door.

Are there any giveaway opportunities for attendees?

Upon the completion of registration, each registrant will have access to our "free downloads" page. The e-products available here represent a substantial dollar amount. You can preview this page, without live download buttons, just by clicking on the "10 Spectacular FREE downloads when you register for the New Hampshire Bass Fest" found on the registration page of the NHBF web site. We will also have a limited number of giveaways at the festival.

Will there be any vendors exhibiting products?

Yes. Some of the luthiers, manufacturers, and retailers that will be exhibiting their products at the NHBF include Bergantino Audio Systems, Best Bass Gear, DR Strings, G Money Music, Lembo's Music, Mike Asetta, Ristola Instruments, Skjold Design Guitars, Stambaugh Musical Designs, and Stinnett Music.

A vital part of learning and growing as a player is having an instrument that will respond to your technical demands. The exhibit booths will be loaded with first-class instruments.

Who is sponsoring this year's bass fest?

We are very fortunate to have a variety of sponsors participating at various levels of commitment including Bergantino Audio Systems, Best Bass Gear, D'Addario, Fretlessbass.com, Fodera, G Money Music, International Institute Of Bassists, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Lembo's Music, Mike Asetta, Northstar Music Center, Ristola Instruments, Seymour Duncan, Skjold Design Guitars, Stambaugh Musical Designs, and Stinnett Music.

Do you plan on presenting the New Hampshire Bass Fest as an annual event?

Yes we do. The enthusiasm about the first NHBF has been so high already that it only makes sense to keep it going.



Contact Information

New Hampshire Bass Fest
145 North Rd.
Candia, NH 03034
Web Site: NHBassFest.com
E-Mail: jhstinnett@comcast.net


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