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Stuart Spector Bass Clinic at Bass Emporium – Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Stuart Spector, owner of Spector Bass Guitars, joined us at Bass Emporium on July 25th, 2007 at 6:00pm for a “meet-n-greet”. Stuart Spector has been a huge force within the bass-building community for 26 years. The quality and craftsmanship of his basses are legendary and the product range of his instruments begins at $549.00 for the Performer 4 Classic model up to $5499.00 for the U.S.A. Handmade NS-6XL model. You can also get custom finishes and woods if you have a “sky-is-the-limit” budget. Regardless of price of each respective Spector instrument, the bass you get will be an outstanding value.
We had a great time talking with Stuart, eating some snacks and generally talking bass guitars. A number of players brought their basses to be signed and to have Stuart look at their basses. We gave away some T-Shirts, Caps, Spector Workshop CDs and a Grand Prize of a Spector Bass Guitar! Our Spector Bass Guitar winner for the night was Andreas Guenin from Austin. Congrats Andreas!!
For more information about Stuart Spector Designs basses check out our website at http:// www.bassemporium.com or the Spector website at http://www.spectorbass.com.
Chuck Rainey Bass Clinic at Bass Emporium – Thursday, May 17th, 2007 @ 7:00pm
Chuck Rainey was in our Austin, Texas store on May 17th, 2007 for in “in-store” bass clinic. We had a full house for the 2-hour clinic in which Chuck played, sang and talked about the business with a follow-up Q&A session. We then spent time eating some pizza and enjoying the comradarie of a few dozen “low-enders”. Thanks Chuck!
At one time tagged as the hardest working bass player in America, Chuck Rainey’s bass playing on successful television shows, motion pictures and recordings illustrate his well-known and legendary style, feel and concept for the instrument and it’s role in organized music. His unique bass lines accent numerous commercials and are an integral part of today’s music across many music viewing and listening fronts.
For more information about Chuck Rainey check out his website at http:// www.chuckrainey.com.
Adam Nitti Bass Clinic at Bass Emporium – Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 7:00pm
Adam Nitti was our guest in our Austin, Texas store on February 28th, 2007 for in “in-store” bass clinic. Adam has emerged as one of the cutting edge bassists and composers in the world of instrumental jazz and fusion. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Adam currently has 3 CDs released on his own Renaissance Man Records label.
Adam has toured with the Dave Weckl Band, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, the Justice League, and Angie Aparo, and has also performed with such legendary jazz artists as Scott Henderson, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Kirk Covington, Wayne Krantz, Joe Beck, Deborah Brown, and many others. He is currently touring with Steven Curtis Chapman, a 5 time Grammy winning pop gospel artist. In addition to being a performer and composer, Adam is also Chief Learning Officer for MusicDojo.com, an interactive online music school. He is also a bass clinician for SWR, D’Addario, and Warrior Instruments, and is a staff instructor for Victor Wooten’s bass & nature camps and Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamps. Adam is also a columnist for Bass Player magazine, an adjunct faculty member of Lagrange College’s school of music, is a Nashville A-list session player, and has done dozens of clinic and performance appearances at such events as Euro Bass Day, Bass Player Live, the Bozeman Bass Bash, Bass Day U.K., and many others. He is currently working on his 4th solo record, which is due to be released 1st quarter, 2007. For more information about Adam Nitti check out his website at http://www.adamnitti.com/index.shtml.
Brian Bromberg Bass Clinic at Bass Emporium – Sunday, November 5th, 2006 @ 6:00pm
Producer, arranger and composer Brian Bromberg was in our Austin, Texas store on November 5th, 2006 and talked about smashing through the barriers of how the bass is SUPPOSED to be played and about finding your voice and following the quest of creating a voice for youself. As Brian himself says, “There are no rules, just dreams”. We had a Q&A session and got hear lots of Brian’s playing on both conventional 4-String and Piccolo 4-String bass. Pizza and drinks were provided by Austin’s Pizza. We had about 66 in attendance and it was a great gathering of players from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and other surrounding areas. Thanks for coming! For more information about Brian Bromberg check out his website at http://www.brianbromberg.net.
Ed Friedland Bass Clinic at Bass Emporium – Wednesday, October 11, 2006 @ 7:00pm
Ed Friedland, Senior Editor of Guitar World’s Bass Guitar Magazine and author of many well known Hal Leonard instructional books and DVDs was in our Austin, Texas store and held a clinic at Bass Emporium, 1720 W. Anderson Lane on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm. Ed spent part of the clinic performing and part of the clinic time talking about bass concepts that are universal to players of all styles and levels. Pizza and drinks were provided by Austin’s Pizza. We had about 58 in attendance and it was a great gathering of players from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and other surrounding areas. Thanks for coming! For more information about Ed Friedland check out http://www.edfriedland.com/.
Jens Ritter Bass Guitar Clinic – July 11th, 2006; 7:00pm
Jens Ritter of Ritter Bass Guitars visited us from Germany and was in our store on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00pm. Jens brought some basses which we had on display and talked about his basses, bass design ideas and concepts. We had lots of pizza and refeshment with a lengthy Q&A session which followed his presentation. For more information about Ritter Bass Guitars check out www.ritter-basses.com and our website dealing with Ritter basses at http://www.bassemporium.com/bass_emporium.php?Ritter.
Gary Willis Bass Clinic – November 10th, 2003; 7:00pm
Bassist, Composer, Author and Educator Gary Willis was here for a phenomenal bass clinic in our store on Monday, November 10th, 2003 at 7:00pm. One of the amazing things about Gary is not just his technical ability, but his tremendous musicality. He also posseses great knowledge about instruments and their construction. The store was packed(!), we had a great clinic and a great meet-and-greet afterwards. We also had a lot of things to giveaway (T-Shirts, Caps, Strings, Aguilar OBP-1, OBS-3 and DB924 preamps!). Thank you all who attended the clinic and I hope that those of you who were not able to attend will keep checking this page for upcomming events. We want to thank our generous sponsors Aguilar Amplification and D’Addario Strings for helping us make this possible. For more information about Gary Willis check out www.garywillis.com.
Chuck Rainey Bass Clinic – August 18th, 2003; 7:00pm
The legendary session/live bassist Chuck Rainey appeared in our store for a solo bass clinic on Monday, August 18th, 2003 at 7:00pm. I’m not even sure how to begin to outline Chuck’s credentials, but he has recorded with Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Rickie Lee Jones, Donald Byrd, Jackson Browne, The Jackson 5, Paul Simon, Lowell George, Marvin Gaye, Donald Byrd, Donald Fagen, Herbie Mann, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack and many, many, many others. The store was full, we had some giveaways and all had a great time. We want to thank our generous sponsor SWR for helping us make this possible. For more information about Chuck Rainey check out www.chuckrainey.com.
Michael Manring Bass Clinic – May 5th, 2003; 7:00pm
Michael Manring came to Austin, Texas for a Bass Emporium solo bass performance/clinic on May 5th from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We managed to cram about 93 bass players into the store to hear Michael play and talk about equipment and playing techniques. The next day we were lucky enough to have Michael stay and give private lessons to bass players from Austin and other parts of Texas before he headed back to california with his busy touring and recording schedule. We all had a great time and we want to thank our generous sponsors Zon Guitars and SWR for helping us make this possible.