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