Bowing the Bass w/ Chuck Ervin

Thursdays, 8:30-9:45 pm, beginning March 9
$130.00 advance / $140.00 after February 27

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Learn how to add emotional impact to ballads, waltzes, and other song types by bowing your upright bass. We’ll start at the beginning with how to hold the bow (both German and French styles) and get good tone and attack, then progress through playing full bass lines. You’ll get plenty of helpful exercises to help you hone your technique.


NOTE: If you don’t have a bow of your own, a few bows will be available to borrow for the duration of the class. Contact the instructor in advance (at if you would be interested in borrowing one. 




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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