Easy Bass

Whether you’re new to the bass or have been playing occasionally for a while, you’ll find loads of fun in this class—even if you’ve taken the Easy Bass class before. You’ll learn even more easy-to-play songs in a range of keys drawn from several styles: bluegrass, country, folk, pop, and blues. We’ll use the root-fifth technique and some classic bass runs, plus enough theory to start building your own. This class is open to upright, guitar-style, and ukulele-style bassists, so we’ll cover right- and left-hand technique on all of them.

Is this class right for you? Feel free to contact the instructor at chuck.ervin@att.net. No bass? No problem! Contact the instructor for leads on renting or purchasing an instrument.

Chuck Ervin

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.

$130 Early Bird before 10/31/17/$140 Regular


  • There will be no class on Thursday, November 23rd.
  • A make-up class is scheduled for Thursday, December 21st.

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