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Popular Upright Bass Teachers Near San Diego

Justine D.

San Diego, CA
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Sean S.

Encinitas, CA
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Matthew S.

San Diego, CA
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Justine D. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both in-person and online. I've recently moved to private teaching full-time and couldn't be happier!

I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!

*** Online & In-Person Lesson Details ***
It's most important to me that you are excited and motivated about your music lessons! I am a flexible instructor and am always open to hearing your ideas for songs. After working together to identify your beginning knowledge of music and your instrument, we'll progress from song to song to develop your musical abilities.

All of my online and in-person lessons begin by warming up with a quick exercise, scale, or even an improvisational activity. We'll use the music you love to develop your guitar technique, learn new chords, and sharpen your listening skills.

You'll gain an understanding of what makes the music work and why the notes, rhythms, and harmonies are what they are.

The music we study can also serve as inspiration for creativity. I may ask you to come to the next class with a short composition of your own or we'll finish a lesson by improvising together on related musical themes.

I'll do my best to make my expectations for you clear and at the end of every lesson, we'll go over what we accomplished together and make sure you understand what to work on before our next class.

*** Additional Online Information ***

Online lessons can be just as effective as in-person lessons for teaching you the basics of your instrument, developing technique, and achieving your musical goals! I'll use screen sharing to display music, chords, and scale charts during the lessons. Materials will be emailed to you as well for you to use at home. And communication is extra important when it comes to online lessons; because I can't make physical adjustments, I'll often assess how you hold your musical instrument and describe how you can make the adjustments yourself.

Please note that a high-speed internet connection is needed in order to make sure that we can see and hear each other appropriately. In addition, I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument (and amplifier, if you have an electric instrument) to use during the lesson.

*** Additional In-Person Information ***
I teach my in-person lessons from my home office with comfortable seating for both students and parents. I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument to use during the lesson.

I will have music stands available for use during lessons and will accompany and demonstrate on my musical instruments. I will have an amplifier and cables, but if you prefer to bring your own amplifier you can do that, too!

Please note that I have two cats; they'll be in an enclosed room away from where we will have lessons, but if you have cat allergies this may not be a good fit.

Sean S. Encinitas, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Music from San Diego State University. You can find me performing around Southern California nightly with various original and cover bands, the Madagascar show at Sea World, the San Diego City Ballet Orchestra and jazz ensembles. I have been teaching private and group music lessons for over 5 years.

I specialize my education in beginning guitar, all levels of electric and upright bass, and music theory training. Whether you're preparing for a career in music or supporting your hobby in music, I will make our lessons fun and challenging. I cover technique, performance, developing your ear, theory, and reading notation. I am fluent in most styles including rock, jazz, funk, classical, pop, etc.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each week you will have technique exercises, be working on a song of your choice, and theory/reading exercises (if desired). For guitar students I encourage singing while playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have amplifiers and music stands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have an amplifier & music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Beginning and intermediate guitar. With guitar I also including singing while playing.

All levels of Electric and Upright bass. All popular styles and jazz & classical.

Matthew S. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I started playing trumpet in grade school and was in the marching band the first year of high school. I then switched to playing upright bass in the orchestra. This led to me being a part of the jazz band and playing instrumentals for school musicals. Upon graduation time, I received the gold medal for music performance in strings. I was also an AP music theory student. After, I pursued a bachelor's degree in music and took education courses. I have tutored music theory and given instrument lessons, but they were always self employed or from the university.

I wish to help others make music an enjoying part of their lives, as it is in mine.

*** Lesson Details ***
For lessons, I like to get a feel of the student's current abilities and then start from there. I'm progressive in my methods and use a scaffolding technique. Going out of your comfort zone helps learning and development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Jazz Bass
Music Man SUB Bass
Ampeg amp

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a logbook or notebook, staff paper, pencils, their instruments if applicable, and a metronome.

I bring extra staff paper and pencils just in case

*** Specialties ***
rock, jazz, funk, R&B, classical

Nick W.

San Diego, CA
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Drew B.

Oceanside, CA
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Nathaniel M.

San Diego, CA
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Nick W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

I began playing trumpet at age 9, guitar at age 12, and bass at age 16. While I am a serviceable trumpet player, I found my true loves in guitar and bass and perform almost exclusively on those instruments today.

I played in my high school Jazz and Concert bands, as well as rock bands outside of school. I followed my passion for music to college, where I graduated with Honors from the rigorous Music program at Roosevelt University in Chicago, with a bachelors degree in music performance. I focused on Jazz, but did learn classical theory and harmony as well.

Throughout college I earned income teaching lessons, and continue to this day, giving me over 12 years teaching experience. I perform professionally for a variety of bands in many genres, and write music for my own bands and for theatre productions.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that the best way to learn guitar and bass is by learning the music you already know and love! First off, it makes it fun, and that's key (sorry)! Secondly, you can learn the basic elements of the music you like, and not be stuck with corny, outdated method books. All I requre the student to have is a music paper notebook (I can tell you where to get one), an instrument, and a desire to learn!

I do expect my students to take music seriously and learn the basic elements- notes, chords, and rhythms- but I make the process fun, and work at the pace of the student. I've taught all ages and talent levels from ages 9-adult, learning disabled to genius, and have had great results with the vast majority.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Godin and Guild acoustic guitars, Ibanez PRS clone electric guitar (that plays better than any PRS I've ever played), handmade German Schack and USA made Fender basses, BSX electric upright bass, Kala and Keli'i Hawaiian made ukuleles, Roland AC90 and Cube Street for guitar (and any effect you can imagine), Line 6 bass pod pro with crown power amp for bass, webcam, laptop, ipad and iphone for lesson videos, recording music, and looking up music.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar, Music Theory
Rock, Heavy Metal, Hip-hop, R&B, Motown, Jazz, Country, Blues, Reggae

Drew B. Oceanside, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

I began playing the cello over twenty years ago in grade school. I soon expanded into other instruments, picking up first the guitar, then the string bass. I continued to play stringed instruments in multiple ensembles through college, but chose piano as my concentration. It was in college that I began professionally teaching and performing. Such varied musical experience has made me a very well rounded musician and allowed me to use diferent approaches and techniques in my teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always base my teaching style and curriculum on the individual student. I love teaching students who are enthusiastic about learning the complex language of music and wish to be pushed to meet their goals. I also love teaching students who want a more laid back experience, perhaps only wishing to learn a few chords to enjoy playing and singing their favorite songs. I find most students to be somewhere in between.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide method books once I have met with the student and assessed the best direction to take

*** Specialties ***
love teaching jazz, when they get there.

Nathaniel M. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Upright Bass

About Me

I am a student of Double Bass Performance at San Diego State University. I have much experience with classical bass including symphonic, chamber, and solo work. I also have experience with jazz performing in duets. In addition, I have much experience with music theater with both bass guitar and upright bass. I have been playing and performing on the upright bass for almost seven years, and over the course of my career I have performed with the California Honors Symphony Orchestra as well as local symphonies.

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