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Popular Upright Bass Teachers Near Seattle

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA
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Tim C.

Seattle, WA
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Dylan H.

Seattle, WA
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Alexander A. Tacoma, WA

My name is Alex. Bass is my primary instrument - I love playing bass! I also love to teach it. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I also have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in a variety of styles including rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

What I can do for you…

As a bassist, my primary concern is with your technique. I will show you proven strategies to help you play with power, control, and minimal effort. These principals set the foundations from which all world-class players ...

About Alexander

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.

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Cole M. May 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have had 3 lessons with Alexander so far and I have 2 more left. I'm still up in the air whether I will continue lessons with him or not. Here's why;

Sustains: Professional and Knowledgeable; Alexander definitely knows what he's talking about. I've noticed major improvements since I've started working with him. Keep in mind, I practice a lot on my own, but Alexander provides you with the tools and materials you need to continue growing in the fastest way possible. He doesn't have a teaching method set in stone. He tailors each lesson to benefit the student based on where he or she is skill-wise. Alexander observes you closely while you play and offers you advice and solutions to specific problems when he notices you struggling. Some of my issues are solved immediately.

Improves: Alexander lacks, in my opinion, a very important virtue that I believe all teachers should possess. A passion to teach you. You forget this when you are sitting with him in his studio, but the realization comes back and hits you when the clock hits 30 minutes exact and he says, "And that's all we have time for." Let me be very clear, -I'm receiving what a paid for-, so I'm not upset. I just think a teacher should invest in a student's growth and their commitment to the student shouldn't be based solely on what they make out of it financially. Unfortunately, I know that if the money ever stops coming in our lessons will end immediately. Once again, I can't complain or be upset. I paid for a service and I'm receiving it.

This was made clear to me again last week when I had to cancel a lesson.
The teachers need a 24-hour notice for cancellations which is fair and understandable. However, I didn't know this at the time so when I cancelled he only had about 4 hours notice. His initial response was that, "He understood but TakeLessons will charge you for the lesson anyway. Let me know if you still want to meet." After texting him back explaining my problem with that, he went ahead and ensured I wasn't charged. Let me repeat, -In the end he did help me-, but if I hadn't said anything he would've let TakeLessons charge me.

Conclusion: 4 stars. I paid for a service and I'm receiving it well. Alexander's talent for teaching really shines when you listen to his advice, act on it, and notice yourself improving. Understand that improvement comes from practicing on your own time, but Alexander will provide you with everything you need to expedite your growth.
Remember, however, this is a business. If they stop profiting from you don't expect any leniency.
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jeff T. May 24, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a good experience with Alex. He has a very thoughtful approach and is very knowledgeable. I think he is a great teacher and would fully recommend him.
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Nira D. November 27, 2013
Upright Bass
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Along with being incredibly knowledgeable, Alex has the patience and communication skills that really make him excel as a teacher. As a complete beginner to the upright bass (and music in general), I find Alex breaks concepts down in a clear, step-by-step fashion, so that it is not overwhelming. He also gives useful tips on how to be a better learner when tackling challenges, which helps make my personal practice even more effective. Alex is approachable and eager to answer questions even in between classes - I highly recommend him as teacher!
Tim C. Seattle, WA

Arco, Pizz, Jazz, Classical, Country, I have you covered. Bass is my area of specialization.

About Tim

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 ...

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Amy F. October 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm only a few weeks in but so far it's been a great experience.
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DaynaC July 18, 2012
Learning so much!

Tim provides a great combination of theory and playing. I really feel like Tim tailors the lessons and practice work to what I need and want to learn. He has a lot of patience, but also high expectations that keep me improving!
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louism April 29, 2012
Tim is the cat's pajamas!

No matter what style of music you're into he's probably got experience with it. He's a great teacher for any age or level of playing: he explains things well, is very patient, enthusiastic, & extremely encouraging. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Dylan H. Seattle, WA

About Dylan

*** Studio Equipment ***
office, keyboard, amps, drum kit, some recording equip. seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
me: computer, mixer, cables, music, tuner, metronome

student: bass, amp, piano, guitar etc.

*** Specialties ***
improvisation; jazz/music theory; funk, rock, reggae, jazz and blues bass.

Upright Bass With TakeLessons

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Whether you are a beginner Upright bass student, intermediate Upright bass student, or advanced Upright bass student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Upright bass skills. Your choices for a Seattle Upright bass instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Upright bass instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful ...

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