Bass Theory: Bluegrass to Jazz w/ Chuck Ervin

Thursdays, 7:00-8:15 pm, beginning March 9
$130.00 advance / $140.00 after February 27

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The bass is second only to the piano for learning music theory, so come see how to unlock those treasures hidden in plain sight on the fingerboard. You’ll learn simple shapes and concepts and how to apply them to songs in every genre that you’re playing (or hope to). We’ll cover scales, runs, chords, and progressions, plus discover the simplicity of modes. Bring your bass to class to play through concepts as we learn them. You’ll get handouts for deeper study, plus optional homework. This is designed primarily for intermediate players, but novices with even modest musical knowledge should find it helpful. All bass instruments welcome. 


Don’t actually have a bass? A loaner or rental might be available. Contact instructor Chuck Ervin at




Bassist Chuck Ervin performs swing music with the Sylvia Herold Ensemble, folk music with Euphonia, classic country with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band, jazz and pop with guitarist Chris Grampp, and is an in-demand bassist in the Bay Area’s vibrant jazz and acoustic-music scenes.


He has worked with many other Bay Area musicians, including Bobby Black, Joe Craven, Ed Johnson, Jinx Jones, Keith Little, Tony Marcus, Jim Nunally, Jeff Sanford, Julian Smedley, and Radim Zenkl. He has also performed as an actor and musician in numerous stage productions, including “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” at the Freight & Salvage.


He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist for famed vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at the Freight & Salvage, at music camps, and at his Oakland studio. Visit for more information.

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