Bassology Around the World
Cuba 2022

February 13 – 19, 2022

Bassology Around the World Cuba 2022 Includes

Bassology Curriculum

anthony wellington

Anthony Wellington teaches 25 hours of his world-renowned, results-oriented Bassology curriculum to get you out of a rut and moving towards your goals.

Anthony explains music theory and its application in a way that anyone can understand and use to immediately improve their playing. 

Because music theory is applies the same to every instrument, dedicated and disciplined students on any instrument benefit tremendously from Bassology curriculum.

Topics include soloing, improvising, melody, harmony, rhythmic subdivisions, time signatures, dexterity, and ear training. 

 Our small class size of 22 students to gives you personal access to one of the most in-demand yet approachable music educators in the world who welcomes, motivates, and challenges players of all levels at the same time.  

 Students always leave BATW classes with two invaluable assets:  knowledge and “homework” that continue to develop your musicianship for a lifetime; and friendships and memories that last a lifetime, too!

Accommodations

Casa Particular

You and a guest spend 8 days and 7 nights in Havana & Trinidad in hand-picked B&B-type accommodations that Cubans call Casa Particular.  

Students and guest enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom and are free to enjoy common areas in the house.  All rooms have air conditioning.

We are committed to making sure BATW meets everyone’s budget, so we have standard, upgraded, and upscale accommodations.  

Standard Casa Particulars are simple houses on the smaller side but clean and quiet with all of the basic amenities.

The Casa Particular upgrades are lovely houses that feature bigger bedrooms and bathrooms.  These properties also have nice outdoor common areas.

The upscale Casa Particulars have a lot of nice decorative touches, large bedrooms with nicer furniture and bigger bathrooms.  Upscale houses typicall have very modern, comfortable, and large bathrooms with original Cuban touches like hand painted floor tiles on the bedroom floors, for example.

Travel Within Cuba

BATW ITINERARY

All students and guests are treated to transportation in air-conditioned Mercedes vans to and from: airport, classes, Trinidad, private concerts, and the Welcome Dinner.  

Entertainment

concerts by top artists

We are treating you to two performances by top tier Havana musicians!

One show is a private performance just for BATW students and guests.

The other show is at a renowned Havana venue on Saturday night!

Consierge Service

exclusively for BATW

Our travel partner, Shabi, doesn’t just have over ten years experience taking groups to Cuba, she has a home, friends, family, and business partnerships she knows she can count on in Cuba.  She knows the cool hangs, the music hotspots, the good eats, and the great musicians.   

Welcome Dinner & Daily Breakfast

traditional cuban food

Sunday night, you and your guest are our guests for dinner at one of Havana’s reliable hotspots in beautiful Old Town.

And every morning, you are treated to a Cuban breakfast at your Casa Particular.

2 Private
Bassology Lessons before trip

anthony wellington

As if the trip alone isn’t amazing enough…, Anthony Wellington is giving you two private lessons to help you prepare for the BATW Cuba 2022 classes.  

Your first lesson is within 30 days of your enrollment and the second lesson is not more than 30 days after the first.  That’s how we help Anthony manage his very busy schedule.

Even if you are already a private Bassology student, you get two lessons as part of BATW Cuba 2022.  So you will deduct two lessons from your regular payment.  Good deal, right?

2 Moderated Bassology Virtual Clinic Replays

Tamatha bechtel

Once enrollment is closed and before we travel to Cuba, Tamatha will moderate two Bassology virtual clinic replays. 

She’s picked two topics that apply to any musician at any skill level and any instrument.   

Anthony taught these clinics virtually in 2021 and they are vital to your success as a musician.

Bassology geek fact that happens to be a cool coincidence for this trip:  8 + 7 = 15 and 15 x 2= the number of keys in our Western music system!  

Wait…, what?  You didn’t know that?  Guess we better  be seein’ you in Cuba!  

8 days, 7 nights,
2 amazing destinations

Havana

BATW Cuba Fruiteria
BATW Cuba Waterfront
BATW Cuba Street Musicians

A trip to Havana promises experiences intrinsically unlike any other place in the world.

For centuries, Cuba has been a center of cultural influence in the Americas.  Known as “the Key to the New World,” the island served as a crossroads for explorers, buccaneers, colonial powers, indigenous people, entertainers, and exiles.

Havana is the capital and chief seaport of this unique country.

Many people, both past and present, have come to Havana because of the city’s distinct pizzazz. Over the centuries, Havana has been a hub of political activity, lawlessness, hospitality, the arts, and ingenuity. 

Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.  The city is also noted for its history, culture, architecture and monuments.

Havana is one of the most architecturally diverse cities in the world, and it’s safe to say, is a city photographer’s paradise.  Its building clearly mirror its social and political history, from the Spanish colonial times to the present day.

Havana shares a rich musical history with the rest of Cuba.  Its instruments, performance and dance comprise a large set of unique traditions influenced mostly by west African and European music.  Due to the syncreatic nature of most of its genres, Cuban music is often considered one of the richest and most influential regional musics of the world.

Salsa dancing originated in Cuba and is found everywhere in Havana.  Salsa evolved from earlier dance forms such as Cha Cha and Mambo, which were popular in New York, and incorporated elements of Swing, Hustle, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean dances such as Guaguanco and Pachanga.

Havana has a rich dance culture that includes Danzon, Mambo, Cha Cha, Bolero, and Ballet in addition to Salsa.

Truly, a trip to Havana promises experiences intrinsically unlike any other place in the world. 

Trinidad

BATW Cuba Trinidad Street
BATW Cuba Trinidad Dancing
BATW Cuba Trinidad horse

Trinidad is Cuba's best preserved Colonial city, a unique blend of 1850's architecture and 1950's automobiles.

Trinidad was one of the first Cuban town founded by the Spanish, with a rich agricultural history specializing in sugar cane, cattle, and tobacco.

Today, Trinidad is a small city with an authentic feel.  One of the best-preserved historic towns in North America, Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Trinidad features a superbly preserved colonial hub, nearby beaches, coral reefs, waterfalls, and coffee and plantain plantations.  You can walk down cobblestone streets, listen to live music in the plaza, cool off with fresh sugar cane juice, hop into a horse-drawn carriage, chat with locals, take a dance class, or visit fascinating colonial museums spread about town.

Bassology Around the World
Cuba 2022 Enrollment

Choose your accommodation style and make a deposit to begin your enrollment in BATW Cuba 2022. Price includes a guest!

The Trip of a Lifetime – Havana & Trinidad, Cuba!

We are delighted to offer you an amazing trip to Cuba– 8 days in two cities with 25 hours of Bassology curriculum and no extra cost for you to bring a guest! And, if you want to extend your visit, you can add days at the beginning or end of your trip!

 

A guest is included?? Who does that?

Bassology Around the World ALWAYS invites you to bring a guest at no additional cost. You will have to pay for both of your flights, because we do not include airfare in our trips. But accommodations, daily breakfast, a Welcome Dinner, and two exclusive performances are provided for you and your guest.
 
And, you can bring other guests as well for a reasonable fee. You can even add more days to the beginning and end of your trip! We’ll give more details on that in another email.
 
While you’re taking classes, our private concierge service can help your guest find some cool ways to spend their time– massage, pedicure, beach, cafe, shopping, guided walking tours, historic sites, museums… you name it. Our concierge service can also arrange for transportation.

 

 
Speaking of Transportation…

Travel within Cuba for Bassology Around the World programming is provided, beginning with your arrival at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your B&B-style hotel, we will take you from your hotel to our classroom, give you rides to our private concerts, and drive you to Trinidad– all in an air-conditioned Mercedes van.

 

What do you mean by “B&B-style” hotel?

The best accommodations in Cuba are called “Casa Particular” which is translated literally as “private house.” What that really means is that you will have a private room with a private bathroom in a house, not a government-run hotel. Your Casa Particular provides you with breakfast every morning. Your room is big enough and comfortable enough for you to chill, but there are also common spaces in the houses where you can relax.
 
Cuba has been renting homes since the early 1990s before Airbnb existed. Cuban rental homes are very clean and offer warm hospitality.
 
All lodgings offer the following included in your stay: towels, sheets, air conditioners, private bathrooms per room, a homemade breakfast that is normally eggs, bread, tropical fruit, delicious Cuban coffee and fresh juice.
 
We have 3 types of accommodations: standard, upgrade, and upscale.
 
Standard Casa Particulares are simple houses on the smaller side but clean and quiet with all of the basic amenities listed above. 
 
Upgrade Casa Particulares are lovely houses with bigger bedrooms and bathrooms, which are more modern, as well as nice common spaces indoors and outdoors.
 
Upscale Casa Particulares have many nice decorative touches, large bedrooms with upscale furniture, and bigger bathrooms.  Upscale Casa Particulares have very modern, comfortable, and large bathrooms with original Cuban touches, like hand-painted floor tiles, on the bedroom floors.
 

 

 
What’s the benefit of being on a trip to get 25 hours of Bassology curriculum?
Being in a new place, and experiencing all the sensory stimulations of a new place, like trying new food, seeing different architecture, hearing a different language… these things open your mind! And when your mind is open, new concepts and information can flow in more naturally.
To really absorb the depth of Anthony Wellington’s teaching and Bassology curriculum, you need an open mind. Bassology curriculum is unique, thorough, and multi-layered. Anthony does an extraordinary job teaching you musical concepts step-by-step, and he is exceptionally gifted in challenging both beginners and advanced students at the same time in the same lesson.
I know you know this. But do you “Bassology in Cuba” know this?? Only 22 of you are going to!
 
 
What do you mean “only 22 of you are going”?
We are capping the number of students we will take on this trip at 22. Yes, we could take more. But no, we won’t do that.
Why?
Because 22 is a comfortable class size where every student can get the attention they deserve. Twenty-two is a magic number where no one gets lost in the shuffle and students are comfortable asking and answering questions.
Could we make more money taking more than 22 students?
Of course we could! But this isn’t about us. It’s about you.
There are only 16 enrollment spots left and we just opened enrollment a week ago! So don’t dilly dally! Email any questions to Tamatha ASAP. Your deposit holds your spot. We won’t bill you for the balance until 90 days before the trip.
 
 
I heard a trip to Cuba is expensive. Is it?
We heard the same thing and we are musicians like you, so we simply had to find a way to make this trip affordable for everyone! So here’s how we did it…
  • We have 3 types of accommodations (standard, upgrade, and upscale).
  • We have core dates that allow for maximum experience with a minimum number of days off of work because you can travel to Cuba on a Saturday and home the following Sunday.
  • You can add days to the beginning or end of our core days. We offer 3 types of accommodations for those days and price it by the day so you can customize your trip to your budget.
  • We include one guest at no additional cost so you don’t have to do tricky math or look for the “small print”!
  • We provide breakfast daily for as long as you are in Cuba.
  • We provide a Welcome Dinner.
  • We provide two nights of entertainment.
  • We provide transportation to and from the airport.
  • We provide transportation to and from class.
  • We provide transportation from Havana to Trinidad and back to Havana.
  • We provide private concierge service before the trip and while in Cuba so you can plan activities and meals that aren’t included according to your budget.
Besides making things easy for you, we’ve been able to get group rates with a trusted travel partner who has been taking groups to Cuba for over a decade. To us, peace of mind is valuable! So this is a win/win for everybody.
 
 
Have more questions?
As always, please contact Tamatha if you have questions. She handles all this stuff so Anthony can do what he does best: teach! Simply respond to this email. Tamatha is always happy to talk to you, so don’t hesitate. We always say that the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask! Tamatha would enjoy talking with you about this trip!
 
 
 
How do I secure my spot for this trip?

You can make a deposit today to start the enrollment process. Deposit amounts are based on which type of accommodation you would like: standard, upgrade, or upscale.

BATW Cuba 2022 w/Casa Particulares Standard

US $ 2740 Deposit US $500
  • Standard Casa Particulares for student and guest
  • 25 hours Bassology curriculum for one student
  • 2 pre-trip private lessons with Anthony Wellington
  • 2 pre-trip Bassology Virtual Clinic moderated replays
  • Welcome Dinner and daily breakfast
  • 2 performances by top-tier Cuban artists
  • Round trip transportation to airport, classroom, performances, and Trinidad
  • Private concierge service

BATW Cuba 2022 w/Casa Particulares Upgrade

US $ 3260 Deposit US $600
  • Upgrade Casa Particulares for student and guest
  • 25 hours Bassology curriculum for one student
  • 2 pre-trip private lessons with Anthony Wellington
  • 2 pre-trip Bassology Virtual Clinic moderated replays
  • Welcome Dinner and daily breakfast
  • 2 performances by top-tier Cuban artists
  • Round trip transportation to airport, classroom, performances, and Trinidad
  • Private concierge service

BATW Cuba 2022 w/Casa Particulares Upscale

US $ 3990 Deposit US $730
  • Upscale Casa Particulares for student and guest
  • 25 hours Bassology curriculum for one student
  • 2 pre-trip private lessons with Anthony Wellington
  • 2 pre-trip Bassology Virtual Clinic moderated replays
  • Welcome Dinner and daily breakfast
  • 2 performances by top-tier Cuban artists
  • Round trip transportation to airport, classroom, performances, and Trinidad
  • Private concierge service
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