Sunday, Oct 20th at 2 PM...the Virginia Bass Forum presents a clinic with The Lord of the Low Bow, the Doctor of the Double Bass...Dr. Donovan Stokes will be in the house!
We are hosting a VERY cool clinic that day...for all you electric bass players (or really ANYONE) who has considered transitioning to upright, but aren't sure where to begin...come on out! Maybe you've been asked to play double bass for the school orchestra. Maybe you didn't get that last gig because you couldn't "double" for some songs on upright. Maybe you couldn't get the gig you wanted because they were ONLY hiring upright players. Maybe you want to explore cool styles like jazz, Latin and classical. Whatever your reasons, this clinic will be a GREAT primer to getting started on double bass.
Part of the clinic will be a Q & A for advancing double bassists who have questions..perhaps you've already successfully transitioned to double bass, but could use help with some issues? Or maybe you've been playing double bass for years and want another point of view. This is the place to be to have your questions answered. Save the date!
Tickets will be $10 in advance, $15 at the door. (All proceeds go directly to our guest clinician for his time). Head to www.ladybassmusic.net
for advance ticket sales!
We will be at Forte Music Studios, 1691 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, 22401.
More about Dr. Stokes;
Bassist Donovan Stokes enjoys a varied career of performing, composing, writing and teaching. Although known for his use of amplification, EFX and loopers, his 2006 acoustic recording Gadaha garnered two JPF Music Award nominations and rankings, for Best Album and Best Instrumental Song. Described as a musician who "paints primary colours and subtle shades to considerable effect" (The Double Bassist), Stokes is also noted for his "eye-popping display of technical wizardry and showmanship" (Madison Jazz) who brings "the bass into yet another dimension of capabilities." (Gary Karr). He also writes a bi-weekly column related to bass and performance at notreble.com.
As a chamber musician he has had the honor of collaborating with wonderful musicians including the Fry Street Quartet, Agua Va!, members of the Audubon Quartet, Stuart Malina, Blanka Bednarz, Eriko Sato, John O'Connor , David Oui and Seymour Lipkin. As a composer he has enjoyed recent commissions from Barry Green, Blanka Bednarz, The International Society of Bassists Young Bass Division, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Jerry Fuller, among others. He offers a range of online instruction in upright bass, alternative strings, chamber music and composition and has created an Upright Slap Bass Instructional Video available exclusively online. He also plays Jazz, Gypsy Jazz and Americana styles, having appeared with the Four Star Combo, members of The Woodshedders and the Greg Ruby Quartet, among others.
Dr. Stokes earned degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.M.) and Indiana University in Bloomington (M.M. and D.M.), where his major bass instructors were Lawrence Hurst, and Edgar Meyer. He studied fiddle styles with Crystal Ploughman and Mark O'Connor, string pedagogy with Lawrence Hurst, Helga Winold, Inez Wyrick and Mimi Zweig, and composition with Michael Alec Rose, Michael Kurek and Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn. He is also the world's leading expert in the life and work of bassist Rodion Azarkhin.
Stokes is currently Professor of classical and jazz bass at Shenandoah University-Conservatory where he teaches bass, coaches chamber music, directs the Bass Ensemble and acts as head of the String Area. He is a member of the board of directors for the International Society of Bassists, President Elect and Editor of the Bass Forum for the Virginia String Teachers Association, member of the National Editorial Committee for American String Teachers Association and founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Bass Coalition and their Annual Bass Workshop.
Visit him on the web at www.donovanstokes.com
More about our host, Forte Music Studios, at fortemusicstudios.com