Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass
Instructor for two years at North Central University, Minneapolis, MN.
Music Director and Producer of Ben Jamin’ Breakthru CD.
Instructor for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory.
Private Teacher of bass theory and technique with an emphasis on jazz and classical applications.
Member of various jazz, gospel, blues, classical and pop music groups.
Provided independent workshops in which I worked with students on basic guitar, bass, piano and drum skills including music interpretation, rhythmic development and music theory
Private Teacher of bass and guitar at East Valley Music for two and half years with a regular roster of 40-50 students.
Private Teacher of bass and guitar at Music and Arts in Mesa for three years
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY.
Bass studies with
Bill Curtis of the Boston Pops Orchestra
John Neves of the Berklee College of Music
Bill Fielder, chairman of Rutgers Jazz Music Department, Music Theory
John Ebinger of the Phoenix Symphony
Performed for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Included recording “Bridging the Gap,” Received three stars in review by Downbeat Magazine.
Performed with Pianist Composer and Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill.
Performed with variety of talented artists such as: Doc Pitman of the Inkspots, Jazz Organist Jimmy Smith, Sir Charles Hughes of the Drifters, Guitarist Mike Stern
Perform and lead the Ben H. Trio. Currently playing in a variety of venues.
Performed in a variety of theatrical, corporate and wedding settings.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory
M.M.classical guitar. 35 years of experience. Fluent in all styles.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano
*Now also offering online lessons*
David picked up the guitar when he moved from his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 19 and hasn’t looked back since. 7 years and countless hours of practicing, performing and teaching later, David plays at multiple venues in the Kansas City area while teaching from his studio at Guitar Source in Overland Park,, Southland Conservatory in Raymore, and in home tutoring service Mobile Music Teachers. David also teaches and records from his home studio in Raytown, MO where he offers lessons for home schoolers during the daytime hours.
As a guitarist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the guitar he has been inspired by guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, and James Taylor, to name a few. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
David started to play the piano after years of playing the guitar. Although a second instrument, it in many ways it was the first as everything David has aspired to on the guitar is pianistic, and he draws much of his inspiration on the instrument from piano players. Correspondingly, it wasn’t long before David picked up the piano itself, studying privately first with Tatev Amir and later with Karen, Kushner, Professor of Piano Studies at UMKC. David applies many of the same principles to the piano that he does the guitar including stressing a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, ear training and classical technique as well as the more traditional facets of piano pedagogy such as sight reading and rhythm work. Students learn music theory as applied to the keyboard, sight-reading, improvisation and the application of classical technique to modern styles.
As a pianist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the piano he has been inspired by pianists from such diverse backgrounds as Art Tatum, Nicolai Lugansky, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans among others. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
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