Yolanda Charles Bass Masterclass22nd April 2023

Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE

Yolanda Charles Bass Masterclass22nd April 2023

Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE

On 22nd April 2023 AB Workshops hosts a bass masterclass with Yolanda Charles MBE.

Yolanda is well-known among music fans and industry professionals all over the world. She was awarded an MBE for her services to music in 2020, and she has spent her career performing live with Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, Robbie Williams, and Paul Weller, as well as recording with BB King, Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and Queen, to name a few.

In addition to her session work and private teaching, she has been invited to give masterclasses and workshops at a number of schools and colleges, including the Royal College of Music Manchester, Goldsmiths University, BIMM Manchester, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, London, ICMP (The Institute), and the London College of Contemporary Music (LCCM).

She also performs regularly for guitar bass and amps leader Fender and others at music conventions and tradeshows: winter NAMM in Anaheim USA, the UK Bass show and the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.

Endorsed by Fender and D’Addario Strings

Yolanda Charles

On 22nd April 2023 AB Workshops hosts a bass masterclass with Yolanda Charles MBE.

Yolanda is well-known among music fans and industry professionals all over the world. She was awarded an MBE for her services to music in 2020, and she has spent her career performing live with Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, Robbie Williams, and Paul Weller, as well as recording with BB King, Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and Queen, to name a few.

Endorsed by Fender.

Yolanda Charles

UK Bassist Yolanda Charles started her career in the music business playing for Jimmy Sommerville from The Communards, as well as with London bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species. A career as a session bassist followed, she worked with artists like BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, and Mick Jagger. She even did a recording for Michael Jackson, with Jermaine Jackson producing.

Since 2010, she’s performed live with Anastasia, Lulu, Heather Small, Natasha Bedingfield, Sinead O’Connor, and Daryl Hall. She’s served as Musical Director for Dave Stewart’s London appearances and in TV house bands for shows hosted by Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Nicole Scherzinger (Pussy Cat Dolls). Yolanda’s more recent work includes performing with composer Hans Zimmer and working on various film soundtracks including “A Knight’s Tale,” “Alfie,” “Home,” “War on Everyone,” and “Boss Baby.”.

In addition to her session work and private teaching, she has been invited to give masterclasses and workshops at a number of schools and colleges, including the Royal College of Music Manchester, Goldsmiths University, BIMM Manchester, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, London, ICMP (The Institute), and the London College of Contemporary Music (LCCM).

She also performs regularly for guitar bass and amps leader Fender and others at music conventions and tradeshows: winter NAMM in Anaheim USA, the UK Bass show and the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.

UK Bassist Yolanda Charles started her career in the music business playing for Jimmy Sommerville from The Communards, as well as with London bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species. A career as a session bassist followed, she worked with artists like BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, and Mick Jagger. She even did a recording for Michael Jackson, with Jermaine Jackson producing.

Since 2010, she’s performed live with Anastasia, Lulu, Heather Small, Natasha Bedingfield, Sinead O’Connor, and Daryl Hall. She’s served as Musical Director for Dave Stewart’s London appearances and in TV house bands for shows hosted by Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Nicole Scherzinger (Pussy Cat Dolls). Yolanda’s more recent work includes performing with composer Hans Zimmer and working on various film soundtracks including “A Knight’s Tale,” “Alfie,” “Home,” “War on Everyone,” and “Boss Baby.”.

For workshops, Yolanda’s style is interactive: A performance demonstration often comes with an invitation for volunteers to join her.

Yolanda will perform the masterclass with drummer Laurie Lowe, who will accompany her in a solid rhythm section duo. They demonstrate rhythmic development and placement, exercises to internalise 16th note divisions, utilising dynamics and various styles, including navigating odd time signatures and everything else BASS & DRUMS.

Laurie Lowe has been playing drums since the age of six and has gained experience playing with many different artists in many different genres of music. Since then Laurie has gone on to play with some of the top jazz musicians in the country such as Robert Mitchell’s Panacea, Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Jim Mullen, Dave O’Higgins, Andy Sheppard, Mike Mondesir, Zhenya Strigalev and Carl Orr. Laurie has also toured with the Grammy Nominated American Hip Hop/R&B group ‘’The Foreign Exchange’’, receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Open to all musicians, invaluable advice whatever instrument you play.

Yolanda Charles Bass Masterclass

Yolanda’s Masterclass performance topics and discussion include:

  • Demonstration
  • Rhythmic timing and feel
  • Performance examples and interaction
  • Musicianship
  • Q&A/Discussion
Specifics About The Weekend
  • Based at Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE
  • Suitable for the following instruments: Aimed mainly for bass players, but all musicians will learn a lot from this masterclass
  • Masterclass runs from 1pm – 3.30pm, with a 15 minute break
  • Refreshments;  There is a cafe on-site
  • Price: £35
  • FREE parking
  • Safe, simple, secure. We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before, simply BOOK ONLINE

Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact us at hello@abworkshops.com or by calling 07711 998058 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

Participant Information

As this is a masterclass, personal playing is not involved. Therefore any level of musician is welcomed. Yolanda’s laid back style and wealth of knowledge is a must for anyone in music wishing to learn more.
As this is a masterclass, personal playing is not involved. Therefore any level of musician is welcomed. Yolanda’s laid back style and wealth of knowledge is a must for anyone in music wishing to learn more.
Notebooks and pens!
The price for this amazing masterclass is only £35.
Food is not supplied, but there is a cafe at Absolute Music.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Session one: 1pm – 2pm
Break: 2pm – 2.15pm
Session two: 2.15pm – 3.30pm
Participants of all ages are welcome.

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