colleges and uni

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Vampyre, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. Vampyre

    Vampyre Guest

    Dec 9, 2004
    this is for anyone who has went to study bass in college or uni

    I was told by my friend that only double bass is taught at these schools? Is this true or do they have programs for electric also? Whatthe things you need to know(theory wise) to get in. How do the playing test requirements work? Im in the southern Ontario area by the way. I understand that many schools are different so ill accerpt as much info as possible
  2. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I'm currently studying jazz bass in Chicago. IME, unless if it's the Musician's Institute, Berklee, or possibly University of Miami-you'll either need to initially, or you will learn DB while you're there.

    Since i've gotten here-i've hit the DB more than i ever imagined. Senior year of high school i was playing about 50/50 or even a 60/40 split with the edge going to Bass Guitar. Now? Well....up until about 2 weeks ago i never played my electric around other people.

    I think it really depends on what your goals are. That will not only determine where you should go, but also-if you should learn DB.

    What's my opinion? Find a way to buy a Shen, and take lessons ASAP. :)
  3. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.

    I studied at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Az, and the only time I touched a DB in school was to sub as the big band's bassist. I butted heads over this with a teacher at ASU where I took some classes, but plenty of universities and colleges want electric players these days.
    Having said that, go out and learn to play DB anyway. I've made more money playing DB in the last year than I did playing electric the last 5.
    Most colleges I looked at wanted me to have a bare minimum of theory, music reading skills, and playing chops. You're there to learn, and if you could walk into a place and blow through Giant Steps at 210 bpm, you probably wouldn't need to attend. As long as your check clears, wherever you go, they'll most likely let you in ;)