I have been playing music for 19 years, beginning on piano at age 4. Since then, I have learned the saxophone, guitar, drums, and bass, as well as cultivated a deep understanding of music theory. In the past few years, bass/bass guitar has become my primary instrument. Learning and playing music has enriched my life greatly, and I believe that can be true for you as well.
I have been performing since a young age, and have participated in multiple performing groups over the years. Currently, I am the bassist for The Hot Club of Zion (jazz) and bassist/songwriter for the Merchant Royal (rock).
I am currently attending the University of Utah and I am in the process of completing a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance (Bass). This program has greatly expanded my knowledge of music theory, history, and composition. It has also provided me with the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in Utah,
I am grateful for all of the joy and satisfaction that music has given me and enjoy helping others experience the same.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I place emphasis on helping a student determine what their personal goals are, and then tailor lesson plans to those interests. My personal experience has taught me that the best learning environment is one in which the student feels relaxed and involved. As such, I strive to maintain a comfortable, yet professional setting, and consistently communicate with the student about what they want to learn.
Because each student's goals and interests are different, I do not use a specific curriculum. However, I intend to teach all of my students introductory music theory, fundamentals of sound science, and basic songwriting techniques. After several lessons, students will have a better understanding of music-making itself, as well as a clearer idea of what their musical goals are, and how to achieve them.
I look forward to working with you and helping you realize your musical potential.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Markbass Little Mark III
Markbass 1x15 cabinet
Markbass 2x10 cabinet
Fender Twin Reverb
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Art & Lutherie Acoustic
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Oscar Schmidt Acoustic
Casio CDP-100 (digital)
Akai MPK49 (MIDI)
M-Audio Axiom 25 (MIDI)
Yamaha Upright (acoustic)
PreSonus Audiobox USB
Behringer Xenyx X1832 USB
Audio Technica AT2020
Logic Pro X
Ableton Live 7
Nalo Soprano Ukulele
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a bass guitar or guitar and amplifier. I will also bring lesson materials (i.e. books, sheet music, notation paper, writing utensils) as well as a metronome and recording/playback device.
For upright bass or piano lessons, student would need to have instrument of their own at their home.
*** Specialties ***
I have the most experience with the genres of rock, blues, and jazz, specifically on bass/bass guitar. I have extensive experience with gypsy/straight-ahead swing jazz, classic rock/rock and roll, and modern blues playing. I also have experience playing and, to a lesser extent, teaching country, pop, and gospel.
I am well versed in music theory, both classical and jazz, including scale and harmony theory, song forms, and performance practice.
I have played guitar as a secondary instrument for about 6 years. Though it is not my main instrument, I am very familiar with the fretboard (know every note, etc.), chords, scales, and performance practice. I would be able to teach acoustic and electric guitar. I am familiar with the genres of rock, blues, jazz, and pop.
I have played piano since a young age, and use it primarily as a composition instrument. I have played classical and romantic era music, as well as jazz standards.
My upright bass playing experience has almost exclusively been jazz-oriented. However, I have played blues, country, bluegrass and pop music on upright bass as well. I am confident in teaching those styles on the instrument.