BATW Cuba 2022 PICS



February 11-19, 2023

Another great trip!

Don’t miss Cuba 2023!

Havana, Trinidad & other locations, too!

Prices include 21 hours of Bassology Curriculum, a guest, and SO MUCH MORE!

Bassology at Sea

Alaska Cruise 2023

August 26 - September 1

Custom rates and packages negotiated for you!  Friends and family, too!

19 hours of Bassology Curriculum, Private Lessons, a guest, and SO MUCH MORE!

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Bassology’s method to learn alllllll the notes on your instrument!

January 18 12:30pm ET

January 25 8:30pm ET

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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 trips and we want everyone to feel welcome and an equal part of the group.  To me and Tamatha, my Bassology director, having the guests enjoy the trips & events and be a part of the Bassology family is equally as cool as having the students enjoy the trips & events!

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 Bassology 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 trip.

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-event lessons, am I really a serious student or just someone who wants to go on a trip 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 in all those hours of master classes!  Honestly?  If you don’t want to take your pre-event lessons, Bassology Around the World probably isn’t for you. 

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 Bassology Director Tamatha Bechtel at  Questions about the trips and travel will be answered by Tamatha.  If there are questions about curriculum, she will let me know and I’ll answer those. But please reach out to her first because my teaching schedule is very busy and I don’t want your questions to fall through the cracks.


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