It's funny, but with each passing clinic I attend at Gage's I learn how many different ways an artist can approach a presentation like this. After Eugene Levinson formally introduced himself (as if no one in attendance knew who he was!) to the audience of about 30 bassists, he said there's not much he can talk about just by himself, alone. Instead, he introduce 4 students of "classical" bass, all of whom seemed to be studying with well know teachers. Each student played a prepared piece, typically a movement from a Baroque composer, after which time Mr. Levinson politely critiqued the performance. He would then replay the student's piece, as only Eugene Levinson could. To say he was awesome would be to tirvialize beyond belief. Then, each student would replay all or part of a specific passage requested by Mr. Levinson and in almost every case, substantial improvement was immediatley evident. Wow! That was pretty much how the 2+ hours went, with each student up on "stage" for approximately 30 minutes. I think the highlight was the last bassist to perform, a young many from North Carolina who studying with Mr. Levinson at Juilliard. He played a movement from his Masters recital and blew everyone away. Then, we learned that he was recently accepted into the Juilliard doctoral program, a feat Mr. Levinson said was extremely difficult for any musician, and downright rare for a bassist. I didn't catch the student's name or the piece he played (couldn't hear spoken words too well from the back of the room...that'll teach me to show up late!). Summary: Levinson is a genius, or a freak of nature, or both. He's an excellent instructor, mixing humor and wisdom. He spent equal amounts of time discussing technique and emotion....how to think like the composers thought (ex. Bach's compositions at one point were strongly influenced by the folk dancers who caught his attention at that time, so the arco style should be "dancerly", that sort of thing). And he's a kind and gentle man. I asked him if, when the time came for him to retire, he would recommend me for the postion of Principle - NY Phil, he just smiled. What a guy!