As a creative journalist, Wolfgang Hammersmith uses his extensive experience in scuba diving, chess, martial arts, sailing, photography, and motorcycle riding to interview leading experts in these and other fields. He is also a professionally trained electric bass player who enjoys recording blues, rock, and jazz bass tracks. Using an audio channel stripper, he is able to respectfully remove the bass line from some of his favorite songs and then play alongside artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, and Cream. He prefers this method of study, as time constraints prevent him from being able to start and practice with a band.
When he first began studying the bass, Wolfgang Hammersmith enjoyed playing the lowest possible notes. He went on to obtain the nickname “Thunderhand” after classmates noted that he would make every effort to get as low a tone as possible. Wolfgang Hammersmith is a graduate of several Berklee College of Music Bass Programs.
About Berklee College of Music
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music is the world’s largest independent college for contemporary music. The renowned institution opened in 1945 and has since developed a reputation as the foremost institute for the study of jazz and modern American music. Prospective students face stiff competition, as the school currently boasts an acceptance rate of just 15% of applicants. Each new class is selected following intensive auditions, interviews, and evaluations of each applicant’s academic record.
Studying Bass at Berklee College of Music
Berklee credits itself with being the first music school to recognize the electric bass as a legitimate instrument. The bass department’s unique curriculum transforms weaknesses into strengths and passions into professions thanks to a world class-faculty that has played for artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Dizzy Gillespie, Madonna, the Boston Pops, and Mike Stern. Students refine fundamental groove chops, stylistic diversity, studio skills, communication skills, solo bass skills, fretless accuracy, chordal accompaniment techniques, and their understanding of the ever-changing spectrums of technology.