Johnny Hamil has dedicated his life to teaching bass. Starting out as a music education student, Johnny met George Vance at an International Society of Bassists Convention, and his life has never been the same since.
After years of prodding from George, Johnny started the Kansas City Bass Workshop. This event has grown into one of the most vibrant double bass events in the country.
But Johnny’s not worried that others are going to take students away from him by starting their own events.
In fact, he’s convinced that every city should have their own bass event. And after listening to this conversation, I’ll bet you’ll agree!
Johnny’s book Jamming On The Bass is an improvisational accompaniment to Vance’s Progressive Repertoire series. Check it out! It’ll add some great variety to your teaching.
Here’s a video describing Johnny’s teaching philosophy. This will give you some background on why Johnny was inspired to write his book.
Johnny is a super-cool guy, and I’m really into what he’s doing for the world of the double bass. Thanks for everything you’re doing, man! Keep it up!
Learn more about the materials Johnny uses and what hundreds of other leaders in the double bass field use at contrabassconversations.com/teaching.
More links to check out:
- Feature on Johnny and the KC Bass Camp from KCUR
- Johnny Hamil Bass Studio (FB page)
- Rabbath – Bass Ball (vinyl!)
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