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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers Near Seattle

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA
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Tim C.

Seattle, WA
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Todd R.

Bellevue, WA
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Alexander A. Tacoma, WA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

First and foremost, I am a bassist and a composer. I have composed and performed in genres including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Hard Rock, Punk, Folk, Swing, Big Band, Small Ensemble, and Orchestral. I have also spent many years studying guitar, piano, and drums.

I have been playing bass and guitar since 1996. In 2000 I went to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied upright bass and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Film Scoring. At Berklee I learned the fine art of composition, advanced jazz theory, and classical harmony.

I truly love teaching music. I will be your biggest advocate and demonstrate constant support for your musical endeavors. I have unyielding patience and will always focus on your success.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is simple to learn when approached using a step-by-step method, just like putting one foot in front of the other. I have a knack for breaking down the mysteries of reading, playing, and understanding music into simple, easy to manage steps. We will discuss your goals and work towards them. You will always be challenged, but never feel overwhelmed. That’s my promise to you.

Your participation outside of our lessons is essential. Like anything, you will get out of this what you put into it. We can go at whatever pace is most comfortable for you. The more you practice, the more you will learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment: Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitar, Electric Basses, Upright Bass, Electric Organ, Keyboard, Guitar & Bass Amps, Drum Machine

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.
For lessons in your home you will need your own instrument and amp.

*** Specialties ***
Bass technique, rock, music theory, reading

Tim C. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

One unique thing about me is that I've have experience in MANY different musical situations ranging from performance and education to arranging, band leading, touring, recording, and writing. I began as a punk rocker as so many people my age did. Learning the songs of the bands I listened to. As I got older and more proficient at my instrument, I began playing for the high school jazz bands and choirs in the area I grew up, beautiful Bremerton WA. When I was 16 I began my formal training at Olympic College where I played bass in several of the school ensembles as well as studied Theory, ear training, and history courses. At 18 I graduated with an AAS degree, took a year off to tour with a vocal jazz group called Jazz line, then applied to Cornish College of the Arts the following year. At Cornish I was exposed to many different world music styles and cultures as well as many different local Seattle musicians. From the time I got to Cornish in 2004 until now, I have been performing in Seattle at least once a week with different groups and usually 3-6 nights a week. Since graduating from Cornish in 2006, I have toured the US,Canada, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. I am an adjunct Jazz theory instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, Jazz director at Holy Names Academy, Have given workshops and clinics at CAL ARTS, University of Alaska, University of Nevada, CWU, and many high schools and middle schools all over the country, taught on average 30-50 students per week in and around the Seattle area. In a nutshell..... music is my life, I love it, and I love sharing it's beauty with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
The way Lessons work with me is that I will start by asking you questions to get an idea of your musical background (if any) and an idea of what music you like to listen to. I will then ask questions about your musical goals (if any) to try to cater a lesson plan to what you with to accomplish. My first rule is that music should be enjoyable, I believe that the only way to improve is to want to improve. Depending on the length of the lesson there will be different activities and points of focus each week. Some things I focus on no matter what your goals are.....

Rhythm decoding, subdividing, and general understanding.

Ear training (chord quality, pitch matching, easy transcription)

History (how has this instrument been used before?)

Techniques specific to the styles you want to learn.

I always attempt to introduce students to new music and to get them excited about writing their own music through various exercises. (some students are more interested than others)

I never get angry or frustrated when students don't practice, I just walk them through an organized practice session so that they can see how much improvement in possible in 20 minutes (it's actually amazing)

My goal is to inspire people to play their instrument because as all good music teachers know...

The Only Way to Get Better is to Play Your Instrument..I Swear.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, 3 guitars, electric and acoustic bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, paper pencils, computer, amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar or bass depending on what I'm teaching. I expect the students to have a spiral notebook, their instrument, any books or other materials we are working from, and a desire to learn.

*** Specialties ***
Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Beginning Mandolin, Jazz Mandolin, Music theory, ear training, song writing, performance skills.
My specialty is anything having to do with electric bass. I also teach theory and "lead sheet" reading, improvisation, transcription, and "jamming" skills. in addition to regular curriculum (reading, technique, memorization) I also focus heavily on rhythm.

Todd R. Bellevue, WA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I have a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Cal State Northridge. I come from a background of instrumental guitar where rock, metal, classical and jazz are my specialties. I believe that music should take you on a journey and that it begins with your first lesson and your first note.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individual and are built upon the student’s needs and goals. Concepts of rhythm, theory, repertoire, technique and musicality are discussed during the lessons. Patience, encouragement and fun are stressed at all times.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in a separate music room. I provide all the accessories to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide amp, music stand, Materials. Student provides the Electric/ Acoustic guitar. I have two or more steel and nylon string guitars for use.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Metal, Classical, Jazz, Flamenco.

Ryan M.

Seattle, WA
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James R.

Seattle, WA
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Eric W.

Seattle, WA
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Ryan M. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Greetings!

My name is Ryan and I have been involved in music for over 13 years now. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2010, I moved to Seattle to pursue my career in music. Since I've moved I have been teaching lessons, performing in musicals, performing at weddings/events, and playing with my rock band all over the country.

I love and respect every type of music there is but I have always excelled and found myself happiest in Rock. Some of the bands that have influenced me in music and that I still listen to to this day are: Blink 182, Yellowcard, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, No Doubt, Metallica, and such hard rock acts as Periphery, A Day To Remember, and many others.

It is hard to get a good gauge on who I am as a person through a website so please feel free to call or message me for more information or, of course, book a lesson!

Best,

-Ryan M.

*** Lesson Details ***
You are here on this website, which means you or someone you know wants to learn music and I am here to make that happen!

Our first lesson will be me figuring out what you want out of lessons. Some questions and us talking for a bit will lead to the necessary information I need to develop a personal lesson curriculum for you.

My goal is to seamlessly intertwine all the fun and beautiful aspects of music with the theory and knowledge that has been around for hundreds of years. I believe in having fun at lessons because music is supposed to be fun!

I also like looking at music as a whole. It may just be a guitar or bass lesson on the outside, but it is really a MUSIC lesson as a whole. Music has always been more than one instrument and our lessons will reflect that. It is not uncommon for us to be learning a song or an idea and take a minute to reflect on another aspect of what's going on if it is of musical importance/relevance. This will help you become not just an excellent instrumentalist, but an amazing musician.

In the end, I can guarantee the lessons to be fun, informative, and unique to you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a bass guitar, an electric/acoustic guitar, cables, and an amp. Any instructional books I feel may be beneficial will be purchased when a couple lessons have passed and I know who you are and what your goals are.

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in all styles of music but I specialize in rock, R&B, funk, groove, and hard rock.

James R. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

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.

Eric W. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar

About Me

Eric has a degree in music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and over a decade of experience as a working bassist and vocalist. Whether he's performing for a room of 50 or stadium of 5,000, Eric always conveys his passion for music and commitment to the groove.

Eric currently performs in a private wedding and corporate events band, and with soul/pop group Angel and the Animal. While a student at UCSB, he was a member of the Hip Hop/Funk/Fusion collective, Boombox Orchestra, and the UCSB Jazz Ensemble as well as other groups. He has had the benefit of studying with bass legends like Dartanyan Brown (Chase) and Mark White (Spin Doctors), and has studied at the Berkelee College of Music. In addition to his familiarity with traditional methods of instruction, he's also passionate about using modern resources like YouTube to expand his musical horizons farther than ever before possible. Eric's fascination with music and sound has also led him to study psychoacoustics - the study of music perception - at UCSB and at Stanford's famed Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Bass is the glue that connects the rhythm, melody, and harmony. Learning the bass guitar is a great way to learn about all aspects of music and get experience playing in a group.

Don't wait another day to realize your musical potential! Book a lesson today, learn the skills/songs you want, and get the guidance you need to succeed!

*** Lesson Details ***
Jamming and performing with others is the best way to enjoy music and to improve as a player. Eric can help you learn and perfect the songs you want to play, developing your musical ear and knowledge of theory in the process. Eric takes a holistic approach to the bass, using the instrument as a tool to teach essential musical lessons including music theory, improvisation, and ear training.

Beginners:
- Learn songs of your choice by ear - even difficult ones (we will find ways to interpret the songs so that you can play them!),

- Develop good techniques and practice habits that will help you play your best and avoid pain/injury.

- Study the history of the electric bass and the styles and techniques of great bass players from a variety of genres!

Intermediate:
All of the above and...

- Discover "the pocket" and how to lock in with drummers to create a great groove that gets people moving!

- Learn soloing, and improvisation.

- Study advanced techniques like slapping and tapping.

Advanced:
All of the above and...

- Find your weaknesses and work to improve them.

- Learn skills for sessions, rehearsals, and performance like writing shorthand charts and notation.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Eric teaches remote lessons with a miniature amplification system which amplifies his bass and recordings that students are learning. He has a subscription to a music service that allows him to access just about any commercial song a student wants to learn. All he needs is a power outlet to do a lesson anytime, anywhere.

*** Specialties ***
Beginning lessons, playing by ear, transcription (learning songs by ear), practical theory, physical stress reducing techniques,

Styles: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Hip Hop/Neo-soul.

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