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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers Near Elk Grove

Julie M.

West Sacramento, CA
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Jeff S.

Granite Bay, CA
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Sean W.

Davis, CA
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Julie M. West Sacramento, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, English, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Organ, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years now. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Songwriting and Vocal Studies. I teach mostly contemporary musical styles such as Pop/Rock/Country/R&B, but I have also trained and coached many students interested in pursuing musical theater and classical styles as well. I have performed live in countless venues in many cities both as a solo artist, and with a band as a side-woman. I like to emphasize performance skills as well as the basic techniques. I also have a lot of experience in the recording studio, and I relate that to any student interested in recording. As a songwriter, I have co-written with a few of my students and coached them on song structure, melody, etc. I also incorporate as much basic music theory as I can with my students and their instruments, in order that they may understand the language of music better. Overall, I try to cater to the individual needs of each and every one of my students -- and have fun!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally tend to be laid back when it comes to my teaching style. After all, music is fun, and I want my students to have fun learning. However, that being said, I do expect my students to practice every day. Ideally I would love for everyone to create a timed half-hour practice session, but I realize that sometimes this isn't possible. So I try to emphasize that practicing a little, even for five minutes every day, is better than no practice at all. For voice studies, I devise my own curriculum according to what level and style the student wishes to learn. Everything is very technique-oriented, meaning that we will spend half of the lesson on vocal technique, and half of the lesson on applying that technique to performance and songs. I wholly encourage my students to choose their own songs; that way, I know that they like them. However, I have quite a catalogue of songs I can choose should the student have trouble deciding.

For guitar and piano lessons, the books and methods vary depending on age and level. For beginners in guitar I like to use the Hal Leonard Beginner Guitar Series, for both children and adults (there is a separate set for both). For piano I am partial to the Alfred catalogue, especially for children. I highly recommend for beginner piano students that they purchase the whole set of books together: Lessons, Technique, Performance and Theory. These books are designed to work together and give the student a better understanding of playing, reading and musical language skills. As with voice, however, I encourage students to bring me material of their choice for piano and/or guitar. Workbooks can be tedious sometimes, and since I want my students to have fun and remain interested, I want to teach them what they desire to learn as much as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, 2 acoustic and 1 electric guitar, keyboard with organ sounds, amps, microphones, music stands and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all paperwork and practice material. Sometimes I will bring a portable keyboard for vocal lessons if one is not available. It is important for a student to have a guitar or bass to practice on if they are a guitar student (acoustic or electric), and it is helpful for a student to have a piano or a working keyboard for piano and voice lessons

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in contemporary music styles, but I am very technique-oriented and I incorporate music theory in every style and instrument that I teach. My methods of teaching range from use of books from beginner to advanced styles, to my own personal lesson plans that I have accumulated over the years. I also specialize in one-on-one singer/songwriter clinics to help better writing styles, melody writing, chord structure, etc.

Jeff S. Granite Bay, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording

About Me

Accoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, dobro, harmonica (harp), recording and live performance. Proficient in most styles.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy is simple: You will learn more quickly if you are enjoying yourself. This isn't math class, it's music. I will teach you the fundamentals, of-course, but along with the basics I will emphatically stress ear training. As you learn to trust your ear, you will gain confidence and will ultimately be a more proficient and well rounded player.I will encourage you to progress at your optimum speed with mutually agreed upon goals. After six months of dedicated study, you should be playing songs, jamming with others and have the ability to listen to a song and play along with your guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, blues, fusion,r&b, folk, country, bluegrass, prog. and most other contemporary styles. If a student brings in a DVD I am able to listen and assimilate the music. I am not competent in classical guitar.

Sean W. Davis, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

My name is Sean W. and I've been a multi instrumentalist for 23 years! I've performed opera as a soprano, Rock, funk, punk, metal, and Jazz on guitar, bass, and drum-kit. I find being able to accompany my students on other instruments to be an indispensable tool.

I my elementary years I attended a music school. There I performed "classical styles" as a solo soprano and classical pianist. My experience included performing opera with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and smaller "gigs", like weddings and seasonal concerts. I still to this day value my classical training.

In 2005-2009 I attended Berklee College of Music as a Bass Principal, majoring in Contemporary Writing and production. My experience here was amazing! There I was able to use every skill I had ever earned as a musician and expand them all exponentially. Writing and recording music made me a more well balanced teacher. I am now able to help my students explore their creative side as while improving their musical proficiency.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect an individual lesson plan based on their goals and skill level. I enjoy teaching the experienced as well as beginners. I'm easy going but i promise you will always have plenty of material to work on. My goal as a teacher is to provide a most excellent educational experience without being boring.
My lessons are mostly broken up into a few categories which include songs,(of your choosing), technique, ear training, reading, and theory.

One of my favorite thing to do is to accompany my students on other instruments.
I do not ascribe to a set curriculum. I use the Berklee practice method to assist with basics, but no two students have the same curriculum. There will be multiple instruments and a computer at every lesson at my home studio! Technology is an important aspect of a modern musicians education.

My teaching space in Davis is well stocked with Guitar, bass, and drum gear. My home studio also includes a computer that is full of music software to aid in learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio with drum kit, loudspeaker system with microphone and effects, bass amp, guitar amp, computer, seating for extra people.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide amplifiers, computer, mics. Students only need their sticks, bass or a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I consider myself to be well rounded in regards to style. In Choir School I was Classically trained. At Berklee as a writing Major I was exposed to jazz, latin, pop, orchestral, specializing in rock, metal, fusion, dance and other higher energy styles.

Dylan M.

Roseville, CA
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Tim S.

Loomis, CA
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Monty S.

Sacramento, CA
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Dylan M. Roseville, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Hey there! Maybe you are just getting started playing and need some guidance. Maybe you have a firm grasp on things but feel like something is missing. No matter the case, you've come to the right place to expand your musical knowledge. Not to mention have a lot of fun doing it!

My name is Dylan M. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I have been playing music since I was 8 years old. I received 2 local music scholarships and a general academic scholarship. I am currently attending college for my music degree. I spent much of my time being a teachers aid for the music classes at the high school I attended. I love playing music and do it every chance I get. To me there is nothing more fun than learning a great new song and playing with other musicians.

I spent years studying music and putting the pieces together. I want to help you avoid the frustration of not knowing what to practice and how to practice. I can help you discover your talents by teaching in a straightforward and common sense approach. I encourage a relaxed but focused learning environment.

It is a great time to take lessons with me because I am currently taking music courses full time in college so I am immersed in the subject. Music has been my main passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach all levels of guitar and beginning and intermediate piano/keyboard.

Having exercise/song/workbooks is extremely helpful for players who want to learn fast.

Of course, if you have books that are appropriate for you already we can work with those.

And of course, these are just guidelines, we will see what works best. Below are the books I prefer and use most regularly. We will talk before the first lesson and see what we want to do.

GUITAR: For beginning guitar students with no music experience ages 5 to 20 who want a book to help them along I recommend the books Hal Leonard's "Guitar for Kids" and "Guitar for Kids Songbook" by Bob Morris and Jeff Schroedl. I will have the books for you and you will reimburse me $25.00. Despite being titled "for kids" these books are terrific for anyone who needs to get comfortable playing chords: the foundation of guitar playing and music in general. With these books I can help you become a comfortable chord player quickly and we can move on from there.

Special Cases for guitar books: Those who aren't beginners and are comfortable with chords probably won't want to buy the "Guitar for Kids" books. In that case we will see what you specifically want to learn and most likely there will be a book I use that's better for you.

piano: For beginning piano students of any age with no music experience I require you have the books "Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book, Technic Book, and Theory Book." I will have the books for you at the first lesson. You will need to reimburse me $25.00.

For those 13 and up with some musical experience who have never played piano I recommend you get "Adult Piano Adventures" by Nancy and Randall Faber, which is $17.00.

Available instruments for hands on learning are guitar, bass, and keys. I will explore with you the ways to create original music or I can simply show you what it takes to play your favorite songs. I can keep you engaged by giving you important information from technique and theory books but then immediately show you how what you learn in the books can be applied.

Anyone can be a musician, we all have so much potential. Music is natural in all of us.

I find it very important to teach aspiring musicians a broad understanding of music. We need to understand why it works in order to effectively play and create music.

During the first lesson I will focus on seeing what level your playing is at and would like to get out of music lessons.
From there we will jump in to learning by focusing on material for your skill level and interest. I will help you with your specific needs while also going over what any musician needs to be successful. During lessons I will give you exercises to practice including reading charts/notes and playing. I will identify how you best learn and fit the lessons to you. I have a tried and true approach that will get you seeing improvement as long as you practice and are ready to learn.

It is extremely important that you practice regularly. That way you can see real progress.As you can see, I feel it is very important to structure lessons in order to have success. We will work in sequence and build your skill from the ground up. That said I love catering to individual students needs and want to make sure I teach them what they want to learn. If you have something particular you want to learn. Be sure to let me know. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my studio I have a great keyboard, several guitars, a bass, 2 amplifiers, and some simple recording equipment, as well as relevant textbooks. I have everything needed for quality lessons. Be sure to have your own instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For guitar lessons I will bring my guitar and any handouts for that lesson. If you are using one of the books I will use your copy to give you practice materials as well. I will bring my guitar tuner, but being a guitarist, it is important that you invest in a tuner, picks, and buy strings when you need them.

For piano lessons I will bring any handouts for that lesson. I will use your book that you purchased at the beginning of your lessons to give you practice materials.

*** Specialties ***
Pop Rock, Pop, Hard Rock, Groove Metal, Contemporary, Jazz, Classic Rock, Pop Punk, Thrash, Blues, Country, Classical

I love so many styles of music. I help students with any style they wish and I love to incorporate different styles together. Seemingly very different music styles such as classical vs more aggressive rock may seem like two different worlds but they really are closely related!
I show students how to know what notes to use over which chords and how chords relate to one another through the teaching of modes, and the diatonic chords within a scale.

With the determination to create this art and the right tools nothing is holding you back!

I teach fingerstyle, picking, alternate picking, economy picking, tapping, appropriate use of the whammy bar, palm muting, inversions, chord functions, progressions, scale degrees, harmonics, syncopation, modes, finger strength exercises, rhythm exercises, speed exercises, and more. And of course, I show you how it all relates and why it's important so you can utilize your new knowledge!

Tim S. Loomis, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Tim S. is a jazz percussionist and music teacher specializing in live performance and studio work. Based in the Sacramento area, Tim plays regularly with the Tim S. Trio, The Pyronauts, and as a freelance jazz musician.

In an educational setting, Tim has had the amazing opportunity to share the stage with such great artists as Donny McCaslin, Wayne Bergeron, Dave Pietro, Rick Shaw, Jim Snidero, Wycliffe Gordon, Nancy King and Joe Gilman. As a member of the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble, he won several awards including an outstanding musicianship award and a 1st place ranking at the Reno Jazz Festival. This group, along with Tim's group Melopoeia, were invited to perform at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival on 3 separate occasions. Furthermore, his involvement in the Sacramento State Jazz Singers resulted in 3 Downbeat college awards as well as the opportunity in 2009 to be featured on the Epic Records release: "Ben Folds Presents - University A Cappella." From this project, Tim auditioned and was accepted to perform with the Seattle Symphony as a backup singer for Ben Folds in his orchestra tour in 2009.

In the same year, Tim formed the Tim S. Trio for the purpose of expanding and promoting jazz music in Sacramento. The trio has played all over Northern California in a wide variety of settings, ranging from intimate music venues, to restaurants, wineries, festivals, and private parties. In addition, Tim has led the band on tours in the Pacific Northwest and plans to continue to expand in upcoming years. The group seeks to inspire its audiences to explore new avenues of jazz by blending original compositions with arrangements of timeless standards.

Other professional experience includes performing over 300 shows with The Pyronauts, an instrumental surf group based in Auburn, CA. The group has produced 9 of their own albums and has been featured on 3 compilation CDs. Their latest album, Play For Surf, features Tim on drumset, percussion, and mandolin. In the summer of 2014, the group will tour in Italy including a stop at the Surfer Joe International Surf Music Festival.

Tim graduated in 2011 from California State University, Sacramento with a Masters of Music Performance and in 2009 with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from California State University, Sacramento. Tim's university training included study with Rick Lotter, Kerry Marsh, Dan Kennedy, Mike McMullen, and Joe Gilman.

Monty S. Sacramento, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Conga Drums, Djembe, Ear Training, Guitar, Hand Drums, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

I'm a performer, producer, composer and music educator, with undergraduate jazz studies degrees in piano and guitar. 15 years experience teaching private guitar and piano lessons, in addition to percussion and bass. I founded Music Never Stops Foundation, a 501c3 dedicated to music education.

- Lessons in all the musical areas I offer cover technique, musicianship and repertoire in most popular music styles including Pop, Rock, Blues & Jazz. Beginning to advanced students. Artist development is also available to those students, musicians and songwriters who need coaching and assistance with performing, recording audio or video demo's and the business of music. I help you turn your natural talents into lasting skills for a life time of enjoyment and experience in Music!

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