James R.

James R.

★★★★★
★★★★★
2 Reviews
Seattle, WA

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught: Advanced

About James R.

Background Check: Last verified 09/19/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started with bass and guitar. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area with different types of bands, I've been playing classic-rock, blues, folk, big band, r&b, punk rock, reggae and alternative styles. I've also played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle.

*** Lesson Details ***
I provide my own student binder that is divided into two main sections: Songs and Fundamentals.

SONGS
I will write up any song for you that you'd like to learn, assuming it's within your skill level. If you have no particular recommendations, I bring in songs regularly of my own choosing as well. Student notebooks come with at least five beginner songs. I am happy to go through songbooks students may have purchased.

FUNDAMENTALS
In the fundamentals part of the student binder, scales, chords and theory are presented in an easily readable fashion. These parts of lessons become improvisation time, as the student learns how to apply these scales and chords.

I do a mixture traditional music notation and tabulator in my sessions. Accessories required are a tuner, three-ring binder with sheet protectors and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring one of my acoustics to my 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 play all kinds of music and can assist with anything from pop to jazz to metal to folk and acoustic playing. Some of my personal favorite artists are The Beatles, John Frusciante, Paul Simon, The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Photos and Videos

a three piece jam on a reggae classic, slow build to the real deal!

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mother of 12 Year Old Student James is a fantastic teacher. He totally resonates with my 12 year old son. He's patient, kind and enthusiastic. Ricky and I both feel lucky to have him as his teacher. Thank you, James! October 3, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Knowledgeable, Relevant, Friendly James has expertise, talent and a genuine desire to see our son truly learn guitar. He meets our son at his level and makes learning enjoyable and effectual. September 2, 2011