Free Bass Clinic on March 12th, 2018
The Music Den and Warwick Basses, will be hosting a FREE clinic by bass guitarist Stu Hamm. The event will take place in our Randolph Performing Arts Center(RPAC), which is located at 1030 Rt 10 West, Randolph , NJ 07869. This quick article will outline some general information about the event as well as provide a brief introduction to Mr Hamm and his musical background for those of you who may not be familiar with his work.
The Bass Clinic
When: Monday, March 12th, 8PM
RSVP: You can call 973-927-5800 to reserve a spot.
Who is Stu Hamm?
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Although Hamm certainly wasn’t the first bass player to debut during the 1980s and employ an unorthodox approach to playing the electric bass, he was undoubtedly at the forefront of his generation who effectively fused the application of these unconventional techniques.
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More about Stu Hamm
Hamm’s first solo album, Radio Free Albemuth, inspired by the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, was released in 1988. On it, Hamm demonstrated his abilities on a number of original compositions spanning a variety of genres including fusion, country, and classical. On solo pieces like “Country Music (A night in Hell),” he demonstrates his slapping and two-handed tapping proficiency as well as the ability to make the bass imitate the sounds of a wide range of instruments; the piece has since become a popular live piece. On the same album, he performs an arrangement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Early in his career, Hamm was associated with Philip Kubicki’s Factor basses. Later, Fender musical instruments produced two signature model electric basses designed and endorsed by Hamm himself, the first artist model bass ever made by Fender: the “Urge Bass” and the “Urge II Bass” upgrade with a D-Drop Tuner. Features include a sleek alder body, a graphite reinforced maple neck with a 2-octave rosewood fingerboard, a pair of dual-coil Ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass single-coils (neck/bridge), a custom-wound split-coil Precision Bass humbucking pickup (middle) and a 3-band active EQ with 18V power supply. These basses were discontinued in 2010. Hamm then had his own Washburn signature models since 2011, the AB40SH acoustic bass and the Hammer, featuring EMG pickups, Hipshot bridge/tuners and a 3-band active EQ – followed by a fretless version (SHBH3FLTSS) and the Stuart Hamm Electric Bass series, introduced in January 20, 2012. In 2014 he moved to Warwick basses and started work on a signature model based on his Washburn with the Warwick Streamer model shape.
Hamm’s slapping, popping and two-handed tapping techniques are demonstrated on his solo recordings as well as in his instructional videos Slap, Pop & Tap For The Bass and Deeper Inside the Bass. A popular part of his live performance often includes a two-handed tapping arrangement of Vince Guaraldi‘s “Linus and Lucy” (from the animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas).
Since mid-March 2011 Hamm has performed with “The Deadlies,” houseband for KOFY-TV’s “Creepy KOFY Movie Time.”
In July 2011, Hamm accepted the position of Director of Bass Programs at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA. For the past two decades, Hamm has also toured as one of the world’s premier bass clinicians.
- Radio Free Albemuth (1988)
- Kings of Sleep (1989)
- The Urge (1991)
- Outbound (2000)
- Live Stu X 2 (2007)
- Just Outside of Normal (2010)
- The Book Of Lies (2015)
With Frank Gambale
- The Great Explorers (1993)
With Frank Gambale and Steve Smith
- Show Me What You Can Do (1998)
- The Light Beyond (2000)
- GHS3 (2003)
With Joe Satriani
- Dreaming #11 (1988) — Ice 9, Memories and Hordes of Locusts
- Flying in a Blue Dream (1989) — Strange and The Bells of Lal (Part Two)
- Time Machine (1993) — Disc One: Time Machine, The Mighty Turtle Head and All Alone. Disc Two: Circles, Lords of Karma and Echo
- Crystal Planet (1998) — All Tracks except Time and Z.Z.’s Song
- Live in San Francisco (2001)
- Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock (2010)
With Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Steve Vai
- G3 Live in Concert (1997) — Tracks 1-3
With Steve Vai
- Flex-Able (1984)
- Passion and Warfare (1990)
- Fire Garden (1996) — Track 3
With other artists
- Richie Kotzen, Richie Kotzen (1989)
- Michael Schenker Group, Arachnophobiac (2003)
- Working Man, a Rush tribute album, tracks #7, #10, #11 (1996)
- Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie James Dio, for Not The Same Old Song and Dance, an Aerosmith tribute album, track #6, “Dream On” (1999)
- George Lynch, Gregg Bissonette, and Vince Neil, for Bat Head Soup, an Ozzy Osbourne tribute album, track #9, “Paranoid” (2006)
- Caifanes (band) on the El nervio del volcán (album) on track #8 Quisiera Ser Alcohol.
- Adrian Legg, Mrs. Crowe’s Blue Waltz (1992)
- Bill Lonero, “Slather” (2004)
- David Stockden, “Reflections of Themes” (2009)
- Thomas Tomsen, “Sunflickers” (2010)
- Matthias Arp, “Endorphin Overdose” (2010) – Track 1+10
- Marco Iacobini, “The Sky There’ll Always Be” (2013)
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