Free Double Bass Class
Open invitation to all interested students:
Free Double Bass Class
Presented by America’s First Youth Orchestra
Do you have students who might be interested in learning to play the double bass? Or do they already play but you think they are ready for lessons?
The Portland Youth Philharmonic is offering a free double bass class that will be taught by bass players from the Oregon Symphony. This is an opportunity to work with professional musicians. This class is open not only to members of the PYP organization but also those considering joining one of our groups if their playing becomes proficient enough. No experience is necessary to start. We are willing to give this opportunity to students to see if the bass is something they would like to play. And participation in our ensembles is not required if they decide the bass is not the instrument for them.
Here's what you need to know:
Saturdays, 2:00-3:15 pm, starting on October 4, 2014 lasting until the middle of May!
Classes will be held on the following dates:
All classes will be held at Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave., Portland, OR 97219.
What students will need:
- 30 minutes to an hour to commit to practice every day.
- Bass and Bow
- And the following music book - Progressive Repertoire for Double Bass, Book 1 By George Vance
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If simply finding a bass is a question, there are some bass shops in the area that would be able to help you. The shops listed below are a good place for students to go to find out what size of bass would be best for them, even if students might think they are too young or small to begin on bass. And renting is certainly something to consider during this experimental stage.
Local bass shops
Kennedy Violins - 800-779-0242
Beacock Music - 360-694-7134
MDP Bass Works, Maureen Pandos - 503-235-8954
Pete’s Bass Shop, Pete Lampe - 503-777-7027
If you have a student who is interested in participating, call or e-mail Ann Cockerham,
PYP Orchestra Manager, 503.223.5939 Ext. 102 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are welcome to join throughout the season but the best benefit will be gained by all if they join early and attend all the classes.
We offer three different levels of classes. Students will be placed in the class that the teachers feel best suits the student.
We are here to help you in any way that we can. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to call.