Vuyani Wakaba and his good friend, fellow DR Strings endorser and master bassist Gros Ngolle Pokossi, will be teaching a free masterclass for Chicago area bass players. Vuyani’s portion of the masterclass will focus on teaching beginning & intermediate bassists on how to develop techniques to begin or improve the skills of playing jazz standards. The clinic will focus on exercises that each player can develop in order to be able to develop into a budding jazz musician.
Gros Ngolle Pokossi will focus his portion of the master class on rhythm. He will demonstrate and conduct an interactive session on how to develop a strong sense of rhythm, techniques on improving rhythm over “odd time” signatures, and other related topics.
Joining bassists Vuyani & Gros will be Andres Lopez on drums and Matt Berger on guitar.
The masterclass is sponsored by DR Strings, with additional support from Peterson Tuners, Gruv Gear and Music Nomad guitar polishes. The masterclass will be held at Kagen & Gaines music store in Forest Park, IL at 4:30pm on May 18, 2018.
Sire Guitars recently released the Sire P7 bass guitar to the market. This bass has a jazz type pickup at the bridge and a precision type pickup at the neck. The Sire P7 shares the same fantastic and super versatile preamp as in the Sire V7, Sire Vintage V7, Sire M3 and Sire M7 bass guitars. Vuyani reviewed the Sire P7 for Bass Musician Magazine.
Vuyani Wakaba has been asked to once again conduct product demonstrations during Winter Namm for Essential Sound Products. During Winter Namm 2018, Vuyani will be at the Essential Sound Products booth – Booth 4204. If you are planning on attending the show, please stop by!
Legendary Funk pioneering bassist Bootsy Collins was in Chicago on November 4, 2017. He was in town to promote his latest CD release “World Wide Funk“. The event was sponsored by DR Strings and held at the Chicago Music Exchange music store in Chicago. Vuyani, a DR Strings endorsing artist, was part of the planning team for this event. Attendance was spectacular!