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Popular Upright Bass Teachers Near Maywood

Thomas V.

Wantagh, NY
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John G.

Brooklyn, NY
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Tom S.

New York, NY
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Thomas V. Wantagh, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass, Violin

About Me

Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and is currently finishing a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, Jamire WIlliams, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath) The Deep, Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and even the Hofstra Double-Bass Ensemble, to name a few.

Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Guitar, Bass, Piano, and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and am very proud of the results of gotten with every single student. generally I try and prepare half of the lesson (technique, theory, a new piece, ext.) and leave the rest of the time open to do whatever it is the student wants. Even something as simple as teaching them a riff from a song they like, can keep the students interest and motivation in music, and in their instrument, way up.

Lessons are very laid back, and if a student comes in with a specific question or song they want to learn I will generally drop whatever we were working on or what I had planned to see to it that the students interests are the focus of the lessons.

With me, students will learn how to read, a bit of technique, some music theory, any anything else they wish to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. i can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. i can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though i recommend the student have their own.

*** Specialties ***
I am very experienced teaching Piano, Guitar, drums / percussion, Electric bass, and Double bass, both arco/classical playing as well as pizz/jazz playing.

John G. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass

About Me

John G. was born in 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona. He started playing music when he was seven years old, learning classical guitar, and taking up bass not soon after. John used all the knowledge he gained at a young age to become one of Phoenix's best young musicians. He was in demand for all kinds of gigs: from playing jazz in restaurants and coffee shops, to playing in pits for musicals, to gigs with rock bands and playing in churches. John also began to compose, being influenced by Duke Ellington and Igor Stravinsky, including songs for jazz band and electronic music.

John moved to New York City to attend Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jeremy Manasia, Garry Dial, and Jay Anderson. John learned much about composition from Richard Sussman, and refined his writing technique and style. He received his Bachelor's Degree in 2009.

After school, John moved to Brooklyn, and started playing shows in New York's rock and singer-songwriter scene in addition to jazz gigs. John also started his own music group. The band has played in several of New York's best venues, including Spike Hill, The National Underground, and Cafe Vivaldi. In 2010, John released his first self-titled album on Fervor Records. It is available now on iTunes, and have followed that up with 2012's "Black Pants, Black Shirt, Grappler Gun", also available on iTunes.

John has been teaching music in NYC since 2011. John is very experienced when it comes to playing all kinds of music and looks forward to developing custom lesson plans with each student to help them find what they are looking for in music. John loves to help each student develop their skills and become great musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy working with each student to to help them find what they are looking for in music. I like to focus on fundamentals, and depending on what the student wants to learn, there are several different books to work out of, in addition to curriculum I have developed myself. Music is supposed to be enjoyable, so I try to work with each student to find songs they like and help them learn it, instead of just having a set method I use for every student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Amplifier. I also have a nice weighted keyboard for Piano lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my Upright Bass for lessons on Upright Bass, or my Electric Bass and Amp for lessons on Electric Bass. If the student has an instrument (and amp) of their own, it is always a plus.

*** Specialties ***
Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Piano, and Guitar
Jazz, Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Funk styles
Music Theory, Ear Training, Improvisation and Composition
Music Production
Music Business

Tom S. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an instructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music .

I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons since 1980.

My Performance Experience includes:
Blue Man Group….Chapman Stick, bass guitar and talking drum from 1991 to present including performing on the Jay Leno Show in 1994; ongoing gigs as sideman and leader (bass, guitar, stick and voice) in NYC from 1981 to present
Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY
Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006
Solo bass CD
Brillliant Coroners CD
Otis Ball and The Chains - I'm Gonna Love You Till I Don't;
Dumptruck For The Country CD

Specializations:
Improvisation
Music Learning (Theory)
Music Technology (MIDI and Digital Recording)

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back, but focused instructor. I use a variety of methods to best improve my students strengths and lessen their weaknesses. After three to six months , most students will be comfortable playing in rhythm and understanding basic harmony.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz

John L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY
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Isaac J.

New York, NY
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Paul C.

Tuckahoe, NY
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John L. Hastings on Hudson, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

Hello,

Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.

Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!

I'm originally from California. I have performances degrees from the Grove School, as well as San Diego State University.
I currently reside in New York City where I get the chance to play with some many great musicians. I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.

It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 7 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pride myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.

I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.

*** Lesson Details ***
My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.

I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician/bass player.

Now I realize that not every student my know exactly what they want. Maybe, they just want to learn a little bass for fun...guess what...that is awesome!

In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.

And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
As requested

*** Specialties ***
I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.

Isaac J. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

Cited by All About Jazz as a musician with "all the groovy elasticity necessary to encompass the melodic complexity of compositions," Isaac is a strong voice among a new generation of musicians. Discovering a love for the piano, guitar, and bass in his youth, Isaac began performing in coffee shops and jazz clubs at the age of 15, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young musicians in Westchester County. While still in high school, Isaac had the opportunity to study with jazz legend John Patitucci. Isaac's selection for New York's prestigious All-State Festival came as no surprise.

Isaac graduated from New York University's undergraduate jazz program in 2009, where he studied with many seminal jazz musicians including Ari Hoenig, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Martin Wind. In the spring of that year, Isaac recorded and self-released his first CD, Of Pandas and People, featuring his original compositions and accompanied by a group of powerful improvisers.

Isaac has toured internationally with his own quartet and has written and recorded music for film and television. Most recently, Isaac completed work composing and recording the musical score for the documentary "Return to El Salvador," featuring narration by Martin Sheen.

In addition to his performance, composition, and recording work Isaac has taught privately and in music schools for 7 years. An accomplished piano, guitar, and bass teacher, Isaac has experience teaching kids as young as four years old how to play, read, and love music. Isaac is currently a member of the staff at the R & D Music School in Carmel, NY and has previously taught at George Jackson Academy.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I am committed to helping my students achieve their goals whatever they may be. I find as much satisfaction out of teaching a guitarist how to play the latest Green Day song as I do preparing a student for performing a Beethoven piano sonata for concert or competition.

I have found that students tend to fall into two categories, though some share characteristics from each. The first kind of student comes to me with a specific goal in mind; to learn a song, a technique, or a musical style. For this student, I am goal oriented and let the student dictate where the lessons go. If the student doesn't have any interest in reading music, that's fine! I work for you, not the other way around.

The second kind of student doesn't know exactly where to begin, but has an enthusiasm for music, or perhaps their parents want to include music in their general education. For this student I take more initiative in designing curriculum to include the classical masters, reading proficiency, theoretical understanding of how music works, and practice techniques and strategies. I am always goal oriented and maintain practical, short term goals in addition to a long term road map.

Over the years I have had students of all ability, talent, and age levels. I believe that knowledge of and experience with music is valuable for everyone, and as a teacher I know my job is to find an efficient and engaging way to connect my students with the material. Some young students benefit from longer concentrated periods of time on the instrument, while others require a different approach. I have developed many physical games that provide a break from time on the instrument while constantly reinforcing the material we have worked on. This is invaluable with many young students, as attention spans vary from pupil to pupil. For instance, my younger students love to play musical twister, a variation on twister in which I set out different colored tape in five lines to reflect the treble or bass clef staff and work the student through a program of memorizing the letters for each line and space. For the youngest students unfamiliar with the alphabet I have pneumonic keys to facilitate reading notation before they can read words! The key is to keep every lesson full of information, and full of fun.

For young piano students, I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library books, as they have fun illustrations and a balanced approach to reading notes and rhythms, theory, and technique. For older students, I use several method books but also focus on supplemental material of my own design.

Upright bass students will study out of Simandl, with a large body of supplemental material as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home studio---all the guitars and basses you can imagine, piano,
parents can sit in

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music notation paper and an instructor instrument (Guitar/bass). For a initial lesson I will provide an instrument for the student, after which he or she must provide his or her own.

*** Specialties ***
When teaching children, I prefer Alfred's method books for their accessibility and simplicity. I have a very deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history from classic New Orleans to the most contemporary styles.

I also teach classical music on the upright bass and piano and have students playing Beethoven and Bach regularly. I have a thorough knowledge of Western classical music history and as a composer, am an expert theoretician.

I have taught rock and pop guitar for many years and have always found great satisfaction in helping students achieve their own goals-to play a favorite song, to form a band, to develop their songwriting.

Paul C. Tuckahoe, NY

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

I teach from a student's existing musical reality. Regardless of age, people have music that they like and love, as well as dislike. Through speaking with a student, I gather musical styles, genres, composers, artists, and songs that the student enjoys and I begin teaching this music to the student immediately, regardless of musical knowledge on their instrument. In the case of a beginner student, I customize personal arrangements of musical pieces for each student to match a student's current musical skill set.
I have found that a student has as much to show me about their own musical reality than I have to show about mine. I am more of a facilitator than a traditional teacher. I help set up goals as far as song selections, and various performance possibilities: sight-reading and technique, improvisation, and learning by way of ear-training exercises. I do not simply dictate my expertise to a student, but rather, I teach the necessary musical skill sets, theory, and background knowledge of their instrument in order for the student to play what they want to play. What my student may show me in terms of musical styles, artists, I in turn show musical styles, genres, artists and songs - both historical and present day - that relate to what a student has shown to me. It is a symbiotic relationship.

*Below is an excerpt from the bio page of my website:

In addition to performing in the New York area, Paul teaches private lessons on piano, organ, guitar, and bass. Lessons include, but are not limited to improvisation, music theory, and ear training. Paul earned a bachelor of arts in English from Fordham University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the master of arts program in music education form NYU. Paul has returned to NYU on two separate occasions as a guest speaker for the Music Business class, addressing both undergraduate and graduate performing arts and music education majors, sharing his own experience at NYU, as well as all aspects of his career being a band leader, freelance musician, and educator.

As a performer, Paul's various projects reflect his love for classic r&b and soul, funk, blues, and jazz.
His latest project as a leader involves the Hammond B3 organ, for which he has used both the classic organ trio instrumentation of organ, guitar, drums, as well as organ, bass drums, and also organ and drum duo.

For the past 20 years, Paul has also been a session musician in recording studios in New York City and the surrounding area. Paul has composed recorded for television commercials for Nike, Banana Boat, and the MSG Network, and has recorded for artists such as Michael Powers, Melissa Reaves, The 4th Floor, and The Hip Pocket Band. Paul's latest session work has been at Sliding Door Studios in New Rochelle, NY where Paul has been heard on various artist's CD's, as well as music and sound design for television shows such as CBS's "Criminal Minds", "Pawn Stars", "Cajun Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers", WE's "Big Easy Brides", and Velocity's "Saw Dogs".

Paul currently lives in Tuckahoe, NY with his wife and two children

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized for the individual student. Factors which are taken into consideration are age, musical tastes, pre-existing goals before first lesson, musical skill sets, knowledge of instrument and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
50'' upright Samick piano
Hammond B3 organ
Gibson acoustic guitar
Fender Stratocater electric guitar
Fender Telecater electric guitar
Fender fretless electric bass
Garage Band recording software
ProTools recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
iPad
various guitars and bass

*** Specialties ***
Performance.
Individualized attention and guidance, in relation to a student's musical enjoyment and growth within the scope of music that speaks to each student.
Setting goals specific to the instrument and a student's growing skill set.

Expertise in improvisation, music theory, ear-training.

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