All sessions are participatory and dynamic – bring your bass if you have it (if not, we can share for trying out techniques, and you can still gain from observing). Tuesday at 10am we will have a group discussion on which Scale Warriors routines to place on which day, depending on how many arco vs. pizz players we have. Of course, you are welcome to play all of them.

Noontime Jam: hard copies of ensemble music in the ISB’s library are provided for use on-site and are property of the ISB. You’re welcome to play your own selections, of course!

Tuesday, June 6,

10 – 11:45AM: Learning how to learn

  • Skill acquisition
  • Adult vs. juvenile learning
  • Separating neurological from psychological; separating technique from musical practice
  • Incremental work: its importance; designing it
  • Muscle memory in relation to shifting and hand shapes

NOON until up to 2PM: Noontime Jam (read and rehearse bass ensembles)

2PM: Afternoon session with special guests

3:30 – 4:30 Scale Warriors (scales, arpeggios, bowing patterns, and other practice routines)

Wednesday, June 7

10 – 11:45AM: Strength training

  • Capacity
  • Flexibility vs. mobility
  • Upper body strength
  • Moving from the waist
  • Remodelling ligaments
  • Endurance: sitting, standing, and focussing for 3 hours
  • Negative resistance and PNF movements

NOON until up to 2PM: Noontime Jam (read and rehearse bass ensembles) – day to commit if you are planning to perform on Saturday’s recital.

2PM: Afternoon session with special guests

3:30 – 4:30PM: Scale Warriors

Thursday, June 8

10 – 11:45AM: Posture and position with Paul Ellison

NOON until up to 2PM: Noontime Jam (read and rehearse bass ensembles)

2PM: Afternoon session with special guests

3:30 – 4:30PM: Scale Warriors

Friday, June 9

10 – 11:45AM: The Psychology

  • Focus/meditation
  • Performance nerves
  • Goal-setting
  • Self-assessment

NOON until up to 2PM: Noontime Jam dress rehearsal AND Noontime Jammers who are not playing on the recital can keep jamming!

2PM: Gut strings de-mystified: discuss and try out gut strings for arco and pizz playing; period bows.

3:30 – 4:30PM: Scale Warriors

Saturday, June 10

10 – 11AM: The Cognitive

  • Forming habits
  • Matching pitch to keyboard/voice
  • Sanitizing your practices for myelination

NOON: Noontime Live: The Recital (bass ensembles who rehearsed throughout the week)

  • Optional afternoon session for any remaining topics – we’ll discuss!

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon session feature special guests Kristin Korb on creating walking lines, Frank Murry on tai-chi and yoga movements and postures directly related to bass playing, and Caroline Emery working with the group on developing accurate, healthy arco.