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Four Ways of Knowing a Music Concept

Virtual Clinic

Monday, April 12, 2021

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Fabulous February 2022 Bassology around the World Trip in the works!

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Hearing With Your Eyes

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Moving Through The Time Field

Moderated Replay with Live Anthony Wellington Q&A

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Knowing ALLLLL the notes on your stringed instrument

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Set-up, Maintenance & Electronics for Guitars and Basses Q&A

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About Bassology Around the World

Bassology Around the World combines Anthony Wellington's love of teaching music theory and its application with his love of travel to create exciting and innovative learning opportunites for his beloved students.  We cultivate friendships based on adventure, devotion to learning, personal growth, and a passion for music.

Bassology Around the World Team

Anthony Wellington has the best job in the world.  Tamatha Bechtel has the second best job in the world!  They both get to do what they love most for the people they like best all over the world.  

Anthony Wellington is an exceptional bass player and music educator who combines concepts of math, grammar, communication, athletics, psychology, philosophy, and common sense in to his world renowned Bassology curriculum.  He’s also fun, sometimes silly, an experienced traveler and an approachable, beloved teacher to bassists and other musicians around the world.

Tamatha Bechtel is the Bassology Director of Business Development, Bassology at Sea Cruise Director, a Certified Professional Life Coach, travel agent, and a Bassology student.  She’s also fun, adventurous, and a people-person who loves getting to know musicians and helping to make their dreams come true.



A musician’s playing will always benefit from increasing their knowledge base.  Great playing is not about access to notes—it’s about knowledge.  When you buy a Fender electric bass guitar, you get a 20 fret bass with 4 strings for a total of 84 notes and a range of 36 notes.  That’s the exact same quantity of notes that Jaco, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller and many of our heroes created great music with.  So it’s not the instrument or the notes available on it that make these guys great players—it’s their knowledge base!

It’s always interesting to me that musicians can be so defiant about learning music theory.  The best way to be “defiant” is to be prepared— to be well armed with knowledge. Music is the only profession where people will actually brag about not knowing something. Lord knows I wouldn’t hire a doctor or lawyer who brags about not knowing something in their profession!  I don’t want to have to convince somebody that being better prepared or more knowledgeable is better—a Bassology student will get that intuitively!  Music is both an art and a science. You can’t dismiss either part of it. If you want to be truly great you have to be good at both.

No.  Bassology Around the World events and programs are open to all bass players from any level whether they currently study with me or not, and even whether they are a bass player or not.  I focus my curriculum on music theory and that is applicable to any instrument.  In fact, I would love having musicians on any instrument participate in my events!

Some programs, like Bassology at Sea, will include two lessons before the event to prepare students to get the most out of the program curriculum. 

The most important qualification for Bassology Around the World is to be a serious student.  Bassology is dedicated to the dedicated.

I make sure I cover topics in a way that will benefit people who are just learning how to play music and the bass guitar and people who have been playing a long time.  I’m not so much concerned about the level of your playing as I am about discipline, because my curriculum is very disciplined.  So an advanced player who is not disciplined will have a hard time with the curriculum but a beginner player who is serious and disciplined will have an easier time.  Bassology is not based on level— it’s based on seriousness and discipline.

I’ve decided that 22 students is the maximum number of students I will accept because I want any student who wants personal access to me, whether in a group or individually, to have that.  Also, we welcome students to bring a guest on the cruises and we want everyone to feel welcome and an equal part of the group.  To me and Tamatha my cruise director, having the guests enjoy the cruise and being a part of the Bassology family is equally as cool as having the students enjoy the cruise!

The smartest thing you can do is schedule your first lesson as soon as you are enrolled!  So the answer is “right away” and I really encourage you to do that.  You want to be as prepared as possible to get the most out of the cruise curriculum and my lessons are rich with content and take time and dedication to master.  Bassology—dedicated to the dedicated!

The sooner you get your lessons in, the longer you will have to work on the material before the cruise!  The absolute last date for your second lesson is one month before the cruise.  So for the Greek Isles cruise, that’s September 13, 2019.  For the Caribbean cruise, that’s October 9, 2019. 

A better question is “why would you sell yourself short on the opportunity to be as prepared as possible for something so important to you that you’re willing to devote a week’s vacation to it??”  Seriously,… that IS a good question, right?

Another even better question is “if I don’t want to take my pre-cruise lessons, am I really a serious student or just someone who wants to go on a cruise for the hang?”  And I’ll say this:  if you are just in it for the hang, you’re probably gonna get pretty fidgety at some point with 22 hours of master classes!  Honestly?  If you don’t want to take your pre-cruise lessons, Bassology at Sea probably isn’t for you. 

We are awarding a custom G-ratio 5 string bass built by Steve Arnett!  Details to come but trust me—it’s gonna be really, really nice!  It even has the Bassology at Sea logo on the 12th fret!  Check out Steve’s website

This is still in the works so check back for details but for now, just know that bass connoisseur Pierre Ganseman of Bass Freaks SPRL is choosing and donating the bass to us, so I guarantee you it will be niiiiiice!  Check out his Facebook page

I will award the bass to the Bassology at Sea student who most lives up to the Bassology way—dedication, growth, work ethic and good attitude both before and during the cruise.

Nope. In fact, please don’t! All you need to bring is your bass, an instrument cable and a couple of other small items we will tell you about in the Welcome Letter you receive after making your deposit. 

The best thing to do for Bassology Around the World questions is to email  Questions about the trips and travel will be answered by my Director, Tamatha.  If there are questions about curriculum, she will let me know and I’ll answer those. Click here for contact form.



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