Workshop Courses

KCBASS Workshop Participant – This is the course for most students. Coordinated by Johnny Hamil.

  • Work directly with staff on your playing
  • Scales and technique
  • Play together virtually in large group
  • Make a solo video to post
  • Semi private masterclasses
  • Large group masterclasses
  • Be able to customize a track that is more in your interest area (classical, rock, jazz, orchestral excepts, folk, theory, electric, early period, young bassists, and more).
  • Submit your video of your playing along with these masters and the winners get put in the video (see 2:56 on video). Charts are posted on pdf page. don’t forget to pick your favorite part to play other than the solo part. All levels are encouraged to enter as you never know which solo is going to be the coolest….. We need cool in the summertime!

Virtuoso Advanced Solo Double Bass Course – Instructors:   Francois Rabbath, Etienne LaFrance, & Ted Botsford 

  • Advanced Course
  • Class size limited by video audition only.
  • Preparation list will be sent as soon as you are enrolled.
  • This class it is required to own Rabbath vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • assigned pieces are below.

Advanced Jazz Course – Instructors:  Lynn Seaton , Hans Sturm, & John Clayton

  • Advanced Course
  • Class size limited by video audition only.
  • Study deeply how to become a jazz master.
  • Get your playing in the video above.
  • please prepare and send in audition material below

Advanced Electric/Theory course – Instructor:  Anthony Wellington

  • Advanced Course

George Vance Petite Bass Course – Instructor:  Johnny Hamil

  • Students who are younger than 10.
  • This course is limited to 3 hour per day.
  • The hours are 10-12 (lunch break concert) and 1-2. Some of the hours can be changed to other times during the day if needed.

General Observer Participant

  • Enjoy the experience of online classes with no set schedule.
  • More like attending a convention such as ISB.
  • With some events you can play along with the clinicians, however,  most of this will be watching.

Orchestra Excerpt Advanced Course Instructors Jory Herman, Andrew Raciti, and Nina DeCesare

  • Advanced Course
  • Class size limited by video audition only
  • This is for college bound or music major students wanting to focus on their audition excerpts (i.e. anyone on the doing auditions).
  • Highschool district and State excerpts will be a separate group.

Folk and Roots Music Instructors: Eric Thorin and Andrew Ryan

  • Advanced course
  • Class size limited by video audition only.

Producer/ Recording/ Composition

  • Advanced course
  • Class size limited by audio/video audition.
  • Work with bass players who are experienced in studio production.
  • Learn how to make and release your own music to the public.
  • You can bring your band mates in on this as well. Get advice from real people in the industry.

Composition Course with Frank Proto.

Are you a classical composer? Would you like some time to work on compositions with the legendary composer Frank Proto? Frank is offering to work with any budding composer during this week. Please send email with a sample of your compositions to hamiljohnny@gmail.com This course is very limited in size. We can also have you work with the production side of things if you’d like both options.

Public School Strings Teacher Program

Are you a strings teacher that would like to learn more about the double bass? We have some amazing teachers who specialize in helping keep your students from falling into the normal traps of the instruments. This faculty knows your point of view very well and help you get your teaching tools in order. We all would like to help you the most. This year is probably the once in a lifetime that all of these bass players will be ready to talk to you. Bring your students along and we can help you both at the same time. Your bass family is here to help.

Click here to Enroll.