Bass Lessons by a Professional who is an accomplished teacher
Electric (fretted and fretless) and Upright - All Styles
40+ years of gigging experience and 15+ years teaching students of all ages
Lessons tailored to each student
Web page with examples of basic class examples
Take your playing to where you want to be
Experience: Butler University and Springfield Youth Symphonies, Dick Clark Productions and It's A Beautiful Day
Teaching in Downtown Santa Cruz, 2nd & 4th Mondays.
$50 - 1 hour
Music Biography Link
My approach is to assess a student’s skill level in several areas and then find out what they want to achieve from lessons and their playing of the bass. From there I cover techniques and topics that will help the student achieve their goals. My goal is work with you every other week for four to ten sessions to get you self sufficient to learn your instrument and then take lessons as you reach your plateaus and feel a need more instruction.
I do initially stress proper hand positions and provide several exercises that will facilitate achieving that. I personally believe a basic knowledge of scale modes and key signatures is part of a foundation needed to get beyond rudimentary playing. After that, the sky is the limit as to where you want to go. As for soloing “flash”, I can show you some tapping/slapping techniques that are good for getting attention and show/discuss styles used by known greats such as Jack Casady, Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Ray Brown, and many others.Please email if you would like to discuss further.
Theory Scales Chords Song Forms Blues Rock Latin Country Rockabilly Jazz Swing Funk Metal Punk Classical techniques for Upright (hand positions, bowing/arco, pizzicato)
Care, maintenance, restringing, and setting intonation How to purchase an instrument
Basic reading skills (Staff, Chord Charts, TAB) Various concepts of Improvisation
How electronics can affect your sound to enhance various style
Technique Rhythmic development Developing bass lines Soloing How to play with a band and make others sound good How to play "in the pocket" making the music groove
how to hold the bass right and left hand techniques using fingers, pick, slap and tap, French or German bows (upright bass) intonation music theory scales and modes time signatures chord progressions rhythmic exercises walking bass lines song forms writing charts ear training fundamental musicianship steady time (your inner rhythm) Listening (inner and outer) rhythm exercises how to count internalized metronome syncopation accuracy in phrasing swing feeling articulation creating bass lines expanding your musical vocabulary hearing long phrases (2 bar, 4 bar, 8 bar, 16 bar, 32 bar) call and response rhythmic aspects harmonic aspects how to read chord charts Standard progressions recognizing intervals
diatonic exercises chromatic exercises walking bass lines composition starting with bass lines starting with melody lines starting with chord progressions experimental improvisation soloing over chord changes creating grooves on the spot soloing on a theme how to play fills variations interpretation survey of musical literature analyze and assimilate bass lines from recordings transcription (learning by ear) communication with band cues tags/endings interaction counting off tunes music jargon
The Bottom Line Bass Group Online group of Bassist for the discussion of Bass and related subjects