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Orchestral bass at Berkeley.

Discussion in 'Ask the Berklee Bass Department' started by Barongket, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. Barongket

    Barongket

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    Hey Steve, my son a, young bassist, and I met you at the ISB convention at Eastman ( you gave him a Berkeley cap). You mentioned that you were initiating a orchestral department. How's that progressing? ImageUploadedByTalkBass1379691533.203706.jpg
  2. Steve Bailey

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    I remember you guys, for sure.

    There has been emphasis on strings here for a while. The Berklee Contemporary String Orchestra and other chamber groups, string sections for pop and rock stuff, have been around for a while.
    What I mentioned to you was that the Bass Department is adding a position for a "classical" instructor. We believe that good foundational skills are important to develop as a strong bassist (virtuoso level) and this primarily comes from disciplined left hand, and arco studies. (as does strong pitch center)
    Having a dedicated "fundamentalist" to work with our DB performance majors will be a great thing for our students.
    Our plan is to have this in place by the Spring.
    Having said that, our emphasis is on Contemporary Music; has been, always will be. That is one major factor that sets Berklee apart from other great schools. This "legit" instruction will better enable our students to handle a variety of situations.

    Boston has an Amazing double bass talent pool given the major orchestras here and a plethora of other great symphonic groups.
  3. Steve Bailey

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    To follow up on this, we are proud to announce that Susan Hagen has joined the 20+ bass faculty at Berklee. She is specializing in technical foundation development, arco studies, and is also teaching some "classical technique" labs.

    Unfortunately Susan had to be late for our first faculty meeting. Her excuse was that the Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal ran right up to 1PM…

    EXCUSED!!!!

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