Studying Bass at Loud ‘n’ Proud
We will find your own sound and develop your own style. You won’t be limited to one direction. We encourage you to experiment with other styles that interest you, so that you can challenge yourself, improve your skills, and develop your instrumental craft. We will help you to become a bassist with a strong musical identity.
Our aim is to prepare you for today’s music by building on traditional aspects of learning. In all instruction offered in the Guitar Department, emphasis is placed on achieving a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance, including scales, chords, reading, improvisation, interpretation, and standard repertoire. Also included is intensive training in sight-reading and in the understanding of chord voicing.
At some point in our syllabus you will work in ensembles, you will hone essential performance skills and techniques. They help you to broaden your stylistic range, to expand your network of musical friends and colleagues, and to gain diverse group-playing experience.
We give the bass the respect it deserves. In earlier times, the bass was primarily a background instrument, relegated only to the rhythm section. While we respect this important role, we realize there is more to contemporary bass playing. Whether acoustic or electric, fretless, 4, 5 or 6-string, the bass is an extremely flexible and expressive instrument and can be effective in any musical style. Studying at an academy that offers you all those musical styles is the most important way for you to take your playing and turn it into a career.
We encourage you to find your own feel and develop your own style. You won’t be limited to one direction. We encourage you to experiment with other styles that interest you, so that you can challenge yourself and improve your skills.