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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers Near Austin

Rob R.

Austin, TX
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Rob B.

Austin, TX
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James C.

Austin, TX
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Rob R. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and your musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: recording equipment, bass, amp, chairs, music stands, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my bass, iPod, tuner, drum machine,manuscript paper,etc. The student needs to provide adequate space and amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Theory, fingerstyle, thumb, reading notation & chord symbols, blues, country, funk, jazz, rock, soul.

Rob B. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, English, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Reading, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I have been playing guitar since August 1992. I cut my teeth on the alternative music that was popular at the time (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana) but soon began to focus on earlier movements, specifically the playing styles and mindsets of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. I formed a band in 1996 and began gigging in Austin and throughout Texas. During this time, I immersed myself in jazz and did everything I could to bring the sonic palettes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis into my playing, even taking up saxophone and piano in order to better understand what they were doing.

I eventually moved back to my home town of Lubbock, where I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English with a minor in Music, having played guitar and saxophone in the Jazz Band in addition to taking several classes in theory. During this time, I was giving private lessons in Lubbock and setting up arts education programs at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club and Buddy Holly Center. Since then, I have started a family and begun writing fiction, both of which have given me a much wider spectrum through which to channel my songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
These are your lessons. I see my role as being nothing more than helping you get to the place that you want to be, in whatever fashion and at whatever pace that you set. While it would be disingenuous to say that I don't take pride in watching my students succeed, I believe that the instructor should only be as concerned with measurable results as the student. If the student wants to learn three scales and two songs every week, then it's the instructor's responsibility to have those ready to go, along with a few suggestions for additional work. If the student wants to learn a few chords and then spend ten minutes talking about Led Zeppelin, it's their dollar and their time to spend however they wish.

All of which to say, my teaching style varies dramatically from student to student. It can be laid-back, strict, calm, or rapid-fire, depending on the learning environment that the student prefers. My experience is that this approach leads to the greatest level of student satisfaction, which I consider to be of the utmost importance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1 Paul Reed Smith, 1 Fender Stratocaster, 1 Alvarez acoustic 12-string, 1 Jasmine Takamine, 1 Montana electric/acoustic bass, 1 '75 Gibson SG electric bass, 1 88-key electric piano, 100-watt Fender Twin tube amp, 35-watt Mesa-Boogie solid-state amp, 1 Yamaha tenor saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar and I could provide one for the student, though they're not going to get very far without one to spend hours practicing on outside of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm best at teaching students music what they want to learn. I specialize in rock, blues, songwriting, and music theory in general.

James C. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for artistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their instrument. Rather, my aim is to develop the knowledge and skills in them that will take them to the next level in their playing. Whether they are beginners or have been playing for years, whether young or old, there is always more to be discovered and experienced! I want to see my students become musicians, who never stop learning and growing. In my lessons, I try include a balanced blend of Music Theory (understanding how it works), Ear Training (learning to play by ear), Practice Exercises (developing speed and coordination), Sight Reading, Improvisation (learning how to jam!), & Song Writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the finished garage with sound foam, piano, record display, drum set, guitars, and seating. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have their own drum kit, metronome, sticks. I will provide curriculum and other various resources.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, rock, country, contemporary worship, sight-reading and performance.

Kevin C.

Austin, TX
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Don K.

Buda, TX
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James T.

Austin, TX
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Kevin C. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I am a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, has led ukulele workshops internationally, teaches private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, TX . I have launched a ukulele-based music education charity which brings lessons and instruments to schools and students with limited resources. Equally passionate about music, education and ukulele, I seek to inspire and empower students to exercise their birthright of making music. I am currently in the second year of course study in Canadian virtuoso James Hill’s Ukulele Initiative teacher training program. My scope of teaching includes Texas-based music, blues, soul, funk, slide ukulele, family music facilitation, ukulele ensembles, and beginners of all ages. I specialize in ukulele and also teach most styles of guitar, music theory, bass, voice and family music facilitation.

I have been a resident of Austin, TX for over 20 years where I have played guitar and toured across the globe with Americana artists such as the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Jimmy LaFave, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Ludwick , Charlie and Bruce Robison and many others. In addition to leading my own groups as a singer-songwriter, I have produced albums and written songs for several Austin artists.

Students have used the words patient, wise, organized, skillful, funny, laid-back, and committed to describe my teaching.

What all this translates to is that I have a lifetime of experience in the music world that I'd love to share with those interested in learning more. My specialties include teaching music theory, working with groups, exploring songwriting, intermediate and advanced guitar study, and working with youngsters. Deeper exploration into music history as it applies to the lessons and the more detailed aspects of musical gear are also avenues of possible study. I've become recently certified as an elementary educator in the state of Texas and have gained valuable training and experience working with youngsters. I strive to discover each student's goals and interests and design an approach to best lead each student where they want to go, and beyond! I also want to understand how my students think, work and learn best.

This knowledge is invaluable as a teacher. My lessons are typically filled with a mixture of exercises, video viewing, active listening, ear training, and playing together to ensure that material is being comprehended and brought to life for each student's learning style. We devise strategies together to meet the goals of the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid-back, yet, driven teacher. I currently have students studying guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, music theory, voice, and songwriting. I strive to give positive feedback regularly and to enhance a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the tremendous art of music. My primary aim is to design a solid route for each student to get what they want out of playing music. Along this path, we will encounter many aspects of music and I value and enjoy them all. I hope to share this knowledge and passion with each student and I always learn something new myself in the process. I have a great deal of patience and a dry sense of humor. Over the years I've adopted many approaches that include: elements from my numerous years as a player, teacher and student; the works of Ted Greene; my study with master player and teacher Gordon Rowland, as well as several different instructional manuals of all levels. I'm currently in a 3 year teacher training program with ukulele master James Hill.

*** Studio Equipment ***
classroom sized teaching studio,hardwood floors, macbook pro, large monitor, amps, guitars, bass, ukuleles galore, music dvds, iPad,extensive library of music books and pdfs.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching all ages and levels of ukulele and also, guitar, bass, music theory, country, rock, soul, blues and exploring creativity through songwriting. I have an elementary education certificate and am equally comfortable with young children, teens and adults.

Don K. Buda, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

AA degree in General Studies/Audio Engineering with Honors, Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona
BA, Double Major with honors (Religious Studies and Music), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
National Honor Society Member/Mensa member since Junior High School

AS AN ARTIST:
- Currently recording and mixing an album.
- A studio partner at disc makers since 2000
- An ASCAP member as writer and publisher since 1998
- As an independent artist, I have four releases: a rap record, a jazz record, blues record, and a dance record.
- As an artist, I have songs played all through out the US, including LA, New York, and Florida.
- Live performances in LA, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Washington, Oregon, and Vancouver as a jazz artist with a jazz band, a rock, hip-hop, and pop artist as well.
- Over 500 copyrighted songs in all styles-including orchestral compositions.
- Past and current artist sponsorships include: Steinberg North America, Skipper Wise and Martins Saulespurens at Blue Mic, Wynton Morrow, Brad Zell, and Todd Larsen at Avalon Design, Rob Manning at Zaolla cables, Carlos Lewison at Monster Cable, Andrew Lipman at Bose, and Gregory Butler at Native Instruments.

AS AN ENGINEER:
- Studied engineering under Andy Seagle (www.andyseagle.com) at MCC, and assisted in recording the Phoenix Symphony.
- Studied under Clark Rigsby (www.tempestrecording.com/index) at ASU.
-Studied under Bobby Brooks in Los Angeles (bobbybrooks.biz)
- In college, worked as a live sound engineer/mixer as an independent contractor.

AS A PRODUCER/MIXER:
- A freelance composer/arranger/mixer/producer/ghostwriter for many years.
- Did a year internship with Bobby Brooks in Los Angeles. I learned live sound, setting up drums and drum sounds, guitar, bass, and keyboard sounds. I learned on a pro tools system with outboard analog gear. I learned the engineering/mixing tips and tricks of the pros. His discography is at bobbybrooks.biz
- Worked with Steinberg North America’s producers group, in the development of Steinberg products. The group included Phil Ramone, Frank Fillipetti, Ed Cherney, Rory Kaplan, Greg Ladani, Alan Parsons, Chuck Ainlay, Gary Paczoza, and many others.
- Head of the music ministry at Phoenix Valley Church of Christ as song leader and lead the choir for three years. Duties included preparing the song service bi-weekly, arranging, composing, and conducting music for the choir in four or five-part harmony.

AS A TEACHER/LECTURER/CONSULTANT:
- Worked with Greg Ondo and Mike Prager to bring a Steinberg certification to the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Additionally, worked with Brian McConnon, and Rodney Orpheus as a consultant to Steinberg Industries.
- Worked as a consultant to Costa Kostelas who served Hans Zimmer as a longtime Cubase consultant.
- Worked with Marcel Mauceri at Echo Audio in the development of the first laptop interface, was the very first to get audio import/input and output to work on a PC laptop.
- Also taught Steinberg products for a year under Kirt Hamm and John McJunkin at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and Guitar Center.
- Guest speaker at MCC and ASU in business classes and the role of the artist in today’s music, starting in 1997.

AS OWNER:

As owner of Cayo in the First Records LLC, focused on daily improvements in operational flow, concentrated on the effectiveness of the team in a highly organized, and detail oriented environment with strong emphasis on time management, prioritizing tasks, and meeting deadlines.
As owner, strategically placed and prepared the companies day-to-day operations and ensured the success and survival of the company with the advent of MP3’s and the fall of major labels.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson is custom tailored for the students, and your specific needs. Everyone is so different, and every challenge is unique. I want students who are hungry to learn. In 6 months, you can write your own songs, play other peoples songs, analyze the theory behind it, and finally have a tool box to craft your passion into something extraordinary. If I take you as a student, expect homework. Expect to work hard. Expect to make that beautiful music you hear in your head something the whole world can sing!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Tv, pro tools, mixing board, bass, guitar, 88 key weighted piano. music stands, chairs, amps, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depends on the instrument. Student should have thier own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I am pretty flexible across the board.

James T. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory

About Me

I was exposed to good music from the day I was born in Bath, England thanks to my father, a lifelong musician working as an instrumentalist and recording engineer. I was introduced to Steeley Dan, The Who and Stan Getz as soon as I could operate a CD player and I began going to gigs with my dad’s various cover bands as soon as I could carry speaker cables.

My formal musical education began with the clarinet at age eight and sax at age thirteen. It wasn't until a group of friends were forming a band when I was fifteen that I picked up the bass.I went on to win a scholarship and study at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I studied under some of the greatest bass players and musicians around today, including Matthew Garrison and Lincoln Goines. I graduated from Berklee in 2009 with a BMus in Performance and moved to Austin, TX soon after.

Since moving to Austin I’ve become an in-demand bassist for Country artists, singer-songwriters, alternative rock bands and Jazz combo’s. I have been performing and touring as a sideman with Kristen Kelly (Sony/RCA Nashville), Rich O’Toole, Zack Walther, Cari Hutson and have performed with Texas legend Kinky Friedman.

I am currently touring the South Western US with Zack Walther and the Awe Hells, Cari Hutson and Matt Caldwell.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to suit each individual student depending on your age, ability and musical background. Some of the areas I cover are:

- Basic Technique
- Groove and Rhythm
- Playing as part of a rhythm section
- Jamming
- Advanced Techniques (Slap. Chords, etc)
- Repertoire (All Styles)
- Theory taught along side repertoire
- Bass line construction
- Soloing
- Jazz Harmony

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bass Amp with splitter for two basses. Macbook Pro with large monitor and studio quality speakers. iPad, music stand and large library of sheet music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will need a bass amplifier, a stereo to play music through and a music stand. I will provide a splitter box so that both instruments can be played through one amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Bass Guitar education. As I focus on the Bass Guitar I am able to teach all styles of contemporary music from Jazz to Rock to Latin and everything in between.

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