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Popular Upright Bass Teachers Near San Diego

Justine D.

San Diego, CA
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Sean S.

San Diego, CA
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John S.

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

*** 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.

We'll begin your lessons 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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with seating for parents, stands. I will have my own instruments present as well. I do not have amplifiers in my studio but do have cables and a tuner. 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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide an instrument of his/her own to play during the lesson and I will bring my own instrument as well to each lesson. In the case of bass guitar or electric guitar, I expect my student to provide an amplifier. I can provide cables if necessary. I also will bring a tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, orchestral, pop, rock

Sean S. San Diego, 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.

John S. Encinitas, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California.

I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups.

In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver, Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for Coco Montoya and Maria Muldaur. The band was versatile enough to perform a dizzying array of styles - afro-cuban, blues, country, funk, jazz, metal, and rock - and often featured a 45-minute set of original microtonal music, performed on custom built instruments (guitar and bass) fretted with 19-divisions (frets) per octave or 19-tone (equal tempered scale).

When not exploring alternate musical realities, I toured with one of the region's most popular Top 40 Country Cover Bands - Ty Taylor & The Powder River Band. I also performed and recorded with Australian born singer/songwriter Leighton B. Watts as well as other local groups.

I moved from Denver to Austin, Texas in the mid 1990's, and upon arriving met up with singer/songwriter Jim Stricklan and performed at the Austin Music Hall - sharing the stage with Toni Price and Joe Ely. Also while in Austin, I performed and recorded with the Dave Sebree Band, Laffing Sam, John Ussery, Lee Person, and many other local groups...

In the fall of 2000, I relocated to San Diego, California where I currently live and enjoy a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching. While in San Diego, I've performed and recorded a variety of music with local and regionally touring bands (cover and original material) with styles ranging from Acoustic, Blues, Contemporary Christian, Country, Flamenco, Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Improvisational, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Motown, R&B, Rock, and many Singer/Songwriters... these bands have opened for Elvin Bishop, Chris Botti, Tommy Castro, David Sanborn, Earl Thomas, and Walter Trout.

I've been blessed to have the opportunity to perform with Blues/Soul Singer Songwriter John Nemeth, Harmonica Wizard Rob Paparozzi, and Legendary Drummer Bernard Purdie.

I've also been very fortunate to play on many local recording projects and to work with recording engineers/producers Alan Sanderson, and Ray Peterssen.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like most teachers, I enjoy seeing and hearing students’ progress. I have found that students progress faster by not only learning mechanics, technique, songs, styles, and music theory, but also understanding how to modify their thought processes with respect to overcoming physical and conceptual barriers; in other words, and musically speaking: learning how to learn.

This involves breaking down and isolating every aspect of playing the bass - instrument stability, left & right hand placement, finger positioning, rhythmic concepts, fret-board familiarity, reading skills, patterns, and choice of notes. It also involves honing other important aspects of playing music such as concentration, determination, observation, patience, problem solving, and repetition. I have been applying this approach since I began teaching electric bass in 1998.

I teach classical & jazz music theory (scales, arpeggios, chords), improvisation, meter, rhythmic patterns, sight-reading, and ear training. Specifically, I help students learn to read music (notes), develop left and right hand finger strength/independence/dexterity, and provide transcriptions of pizzicato, & slap bass-lines as exercises; for all musical styles. I encourage students to create and play their own bass lines - conveying as a skill set a fundamental understanding/interpretation of chord progressions and composition. I also help students learn specific songs and styles they request.

I try to split each lesson roughly 50/50 as far as structured aspects (exercises, reading, technique building, etc.) and working through song requests. I also highly recommend students be open to acquiring a fundamental skill set for playing a variety of generic styles and forms - for example: 12-bar blues, I-IV-V rock, shuffle, 2 beat, waltz, walking jazz/blues swing bass lines, funk pizzicato technique, and funk/slap technique. These are simply guidelines though - ultimately it's up to you how we spend our meeting time.

Essential Items:
Most people get started with the obvious basic items (listed in order of importance):

- a bass, strap, tuner, instrument cable, and small practice amplifier/speaker combo.
There are a few other items that will facilitate faster progress (again listed in order of importance):

- a metronome*, music stand, bass method books and/or other exercise and bass clef reading material.

For learning songs, having access to an audio playback device with enhanced bass response and easy, well designed mechanism for fast-forward and rewind within a specific song is very helpful. Your computer, phone, or .mp3 player, by themselves may or may not be ideal for picking out and hearing the bass part unless combined with an significantly upgraded audio system (i.e., sub-woofer, stereo, docking station, etc.).

*The one item that will immediately challenge and push you to a higher level of musicianship is a metronome. Listening to, playing with, and counting with a metronome will facilitate development of your internal sense of time. Learning to become comfortable with the metronome will have a direct impact on how well you are able to synchronize with other musicians when playing together. This is especially true for bassists and drummers as they are responsible for maintaining the tempo/groove of a tune.

Practice:
You will need to practice between lessons...

How much? The most important first step is to try to get the bass into your hands every day - 15 minutes every day is a great starting point for new students, with the goal of eventually reaching 30-60 minutes daily.

Try to find a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate without being interrupted or distracted by family, friends, neighbors, room-mates, phone, television, etc.

For practice time spent in the seated position, find a sturdy straight-back chair (without arms) - stay away from couches, recliners, beds, etc. Standing during a portion of your practice sessions is also a good way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gallien-Krueger GK800RB, SWR Goliath Jr. (2x10)
Gallien-Krueger MB150E-III

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender American Standard Deluxe Jazz 4 String Bass

*** Specialties ***
Electric bass, Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Music Theory
Fretted & Fretless 4-5-6-7-String. All musical styles including, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Country, Flamenco, Funk (Specialty: Pizzicato & Slap Styles), Jazz, Instrumental, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock (Classic, Hard, Metal).

Jesse R.

La Mesa, CA
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Nick W.

San Diego, CA
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Nathaniel M.

San Diego, CA
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Jesse R. La Mesa, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Choir, Clarinet, Composition, French Horn, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Vocal Training

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students, please provide your own instrument. I take lots of time to plan next steps in a students development. I have access to many resources as a Music Educator and will always have new material ready for the next lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock

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

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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