Leading the Way with Bass Guitar

Level 3/4

This class will offer up a unique blend of bass styles, techniques and repertoire choices that mirror the Jorma's Master Class as well as developing the bass parts to support the singer and the song. Jack will teach you how to play your bass so it supports the songs in such a way that the front person is free to be interpretive and with your accompaniment, the song becomes a finished piece. Be prepared to learn material from me that you will be able to deliver fluidly in a duo setting or with a band.

  • 11/16/18 - 11/19/18
  • Leading the Way with Bass Guitar
  • FULL

Get A Double Dose of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady with a Special Acoustic Duo Workshop!

Level 2/3

A special Fur Peace Ranch class for serious guitar and bass students. Jorma and Jack will combine their teaching efforts and give this rare guitar/bass class. Guitar and Bass classes will be held separately at times, other times the classes will join up for a unique duo workshop that brings together the music the classes have worked on.

If you want to learn the secrets of this dynamic duo's 50+ career....this is your chance.

Open to Guitar and Bass players. An equal number of each will be accepted. Limited to 8 students per class. Don't miss this opportunity!


Level 3

I will be teaching my technique of using an overdriven tube amplifier for dynamic use and effects in an electric band and recording format. The application of amplifier sustain, distortion, and chordal use in such environments. I’ll be touching on my own musical philosophy and talking about my favorite tube amps.

In my early years I was absorbing so many kinds of music – in the folk scene and in country blues. Luckily enough, I wasn’t pigeonholed into hearing everything from the bass player’s ear. When I got to California and joined the Jefferson Airplane, the people in the band all came from drastically different musical backgrounds and influences. It was the perfect time to start writing my own stuff, implementing things I was hearing in my head about how to use the bass range on any given song. My tone has been my signature and I’ll be showing you how to find or perfect yours in this class. I’ve been wanting to teach this class for years and might just be more excited than my students.

Requirements: students will need to bring a SMALL TUBE amplifier for use in class. A Hollow body bass is preferable for desired sonic response.

Limited to 8 students.

  • 11/09/18 - 11/12/18
  • Overdrive
  • FULL

Hot Tuna Trio and More!

Level 3

Jack Casady will be liberating the bass lines from its traditional role as part of the rhythm section and presenting those famous chops for his students from the newly minted Hot Tuna Trio formation featuring Justin Guip on Drums. Jack has all of those recordings from this summers tour and will be breaking down his famous bass lines for you and passing on the energy of Hot Tuna's live performances. Emphasis will be on improvisation in the trio format. You'll get the chance to take this class never offered by Jack before.

Songs of The Jefferson Airplane

Level 2/3

I will be using the songs of the Airplane as material to teach this level 2/3 workshop. I will have my students review the skill of walking the bass, playing shuffle fills, blues progressions, extended lines and octave substitutions. This class is for those who have a basic understanding of chord progressions and construction of the song form in general. Emphasis will be in the right hand technique with particular attention to accuracy of note placement, rhythm combinations, dexterity and broadening of tone. With the fretboard hand, we will examine finger placement and smooth note execution all the while learning classic Jefferson Airplane songs.


Bass Guitar Fundamentals

Level 2

This workshop introduces basic scales, left and right hand techniques and simple bass lines. Soon, students will learn the skill of "walking" the basses, playing shuffle feels, blues progressions, extended lines and octave substitutions with patient instruction from a master player. You will get hands-on experience, learning fundamentals and creating the rhythmic drive for country, blues and rock styles.

Bass Guitar Proficiency

Level 3

This class is for those gaining proficiency at learning the neck and fingering positions, and who have a basic understanding of chord progressions and construction of the song form in general. In this workshop we emphasize right hand technique, with particular attention to accuracy of note placement, rhythm combinations, dexterity, and broadening of tone. With the fretboard hand, we will examine finger placement and smooth note execution

Bass Performance and Detailing

Level 4

This workshop is for proficient players and will include honing of right hand and left hand technique, but will put emphasis on some of the real details to a performance as if one were actually making a recording. We will address meter, note placement, arrangement ideas, thus growing and polishing a song as a whole piece to the finish. We will work in a recording studio environment.


About Jack Casady

Several generations of music fans are awed by the innovative bass playing of the legendary Jack Casady. A native of Washington D.C., John William Casady was playing lead guitar in that city’s clubs while in his early teens. In 1965, having switched to bass, he joined boyhood friend Jorma Kaukonen in San Francisco and became a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane. He played bass on sessions for Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album of 1968; his work appears on the track “Voodoo Chile” . He played occasionally with the Grateful Dead, and Country Joe and the Fish. Jack and Jorma founded Hot Tuna in 1970, and have toured under that name, through a long list of band members and a wide range of styles, for more than 35 years. In June 2003 Jack released his first solo album, Dream Factor. Electric Hot Tuna released their latest CD, Steady As She Goes, in 2010. Jack is highly regarded for his thoughtful and incisive teaching at the Fur Peace Ranch.



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