I've played bass in a number of bands throughout the years and can help players of all skill levels develop and refine their musicianship on the instrument. We will work from various books to develop and refine the technical and theoretical skills unique to whatever musical styles you wish to learn!
I have been playing music since I was about 13 years old. I initially started out on guitar but I quickly picked up mandolin, banjo, and ukulele thanks to the great theoretical tools I'd learned from my first teacher! I started studying alto saxophone around the same time I picked up guitar and began extensively studying violin a few years later.
I quickly began writing songs and at 15, I recorded my first album of original material with production help from Grammy award winning producer/guitarist Joe Reyes. Joe and I would go on to make four other records together and I would wind up doin
g string arrangements for one of his albums as well.
While still in high school, I began playing with a number of bands in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas as well as a few groups in Austin, Texas all while still playing in my high school's orchestra! At 18, I got to tour the country playing violin/saxophone/musical saw with the Austin band Moth!Fight!
I earned my Bachelor's degree in music composition at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Trinity, I was able to fully explore my love of composing while honing my technique at classical violin and classical/jazz guitar. During this time, I was voted Best Instrumentalist by San Antonio's alternative weekly (the San Antonio Current). I also saw many of my compositions performed at many classical/new music festivals such as Seamus,ICMC, Spark Festival, and EMM and by ensembles such as the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
In college, I also taught a "School of Rock" class at the Magik Children's Theater. In these classes, I taught young beginning instrumentalists how to play a number of pop/rock songs in the span of two weeks.
I moved to Valencia, California in the fall of 2012 as an MFA candidate in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to LA, I've had the opportunity to perform with internationally renewed pop bands such as Faust and Vinyl Williams in addition to performing/collaborating with well known composers around the city. I also have the wonderful job of co-teaching a musicianship skills class at CalArts!
As you can see, music is my life! I have experience playing a number of genres and I want to help you find your musical passion!
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons together will be laid-back and fun but also challenging. I truly believe that one of the best way for students to learn is for them to work on music that they enjoy. Therefore, I approach lessons by learning the interests and goals of my students and then teaching them the techniques they need to achieve their musical ambitions. If students aren't sure what they like yet then we'll try out a number of different styles until one or more stick! I am experienced playing lots of styles so feel free to bring anything in!
Beginning students can expect to learn a number of fun songs/exercises in order to familiarize themselves with basic techniques and reading practices. Once a student feels comfortable with basic technique, I work with them to find songs/pieces that interest them but also reinforce and develop their technical skill sets. Within a few weeks, you'll be able to play all sorts of songs! And within a few months you'll understand the basics of improvisation and theory!
I teach all of my students the basics of music theory. Understanding, the music you're playing is just as important as technique! I integrate this in a way that makes it relevant to whatever pieces or techniques we're working on at a time.
Students can expect to take home a small handful of exercises to practice after every lesson. For half hour instrumental lessons, I'll assign a song or piece (usually of the student's choosing) and a technical assignment/piece of some sort (these will be scales, improv exercises, or etudes of some sort). For 45 minute-hour long instrumental lessons, I'll assign the same material plus an additional song or exercise. Students studying recording programs like Ableton or Logic will have assignments that examine technical/musical aspects of the program every week. Students studying music theory or songwriting will usually have assigned readings and written assignments! Don't worry all assignments will be FUN and designed to fit your interests! Practice assignments can always be designed to fit the student's schedule as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** Students are welcome to try various instruments during their first lesson but should be able to provide their own instrument for subsequent lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** Students only need to provide their instrument. I can bring an amplifier if the student is studying electric guitar. I'm also happy to photocopy book pages/pieces for students.
*** Specialties *** Pop/Rock (all kinds!), Jazz, Blues, Folk/Country, Classical, Music Theory, The Recording Programs Logic and Ableton, Songwriting
nancy July 2, 2015
marcus was familiar with one of the songs and was able to break it down to learn easily. very nice person. he prefers to keep you on the right track with learning and gets all the mistakes cleaned up right away. validates you as a person and your experience so you find acceptance. first lesson was impressive for me. he did not let anything pass by him while he was getting to know me. was a very good instructional class for the first class. i was glad i met marcus.
Amy B. December 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter is loving her fiddle lessons with Marcus. He is patient, flexible, and encouraging. He manages to infuse the lessons with humor and fun while also facilitating serious technical progress. We recommend him highly!
Christopher L. October 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Marcus is great! I have been working with him for over three months. I am 37 and did not consider myself to be a musician at all when I started working with Marcus. I set a personal goal to learn to play something, and I can do that now. Marcus is friendly, communicates well, adapts to my learning style and pace, and has been really patient in helping me learn the basics.
He has been super-flexible with scheduling. I was a little apprehensive about going to a stranger's home, but it's not weird at all. His place is comfortable and inviting.
I work with beginning, intermediate, and advanced bass players, helping them to understand how music works, how to get the sounds they want from the bass guitar, and how all of it relates to music they like.
I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you!
*** Lesson Details *** I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and yo
ur musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room: recording equipment, bass, amp, chairs, music stands, additional seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring my bass, iPod, tuner, drum machine,manuscript paper,etc. The student needs to provide adequate space and amplification.
John C. August 1, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I have been studying bass playing techniques and music theory with Rob for several months now. Short story: he's great.
Rob's lesson format is pretty open. If you have specific questions/goals, Rob makes sure that they are addressed. He's been able to give me some great information on various techniques and styles, and I've picked up a good bit of general practical bass knowledge this way.
Rob is VERY knowledgeable about music theory, and its evolution over the centuries. That being said, discussions on music theory are always made relevant to bass playing. This makes learning the theory and patterns very practical, and for me, more approachable.
John O. April 3, 2014
Bass Guitar Verified Student
Gave me excellent instruction and direction for my future bass guitar practicing and development
After only five lessons last summer, I was not able to continue with Rob due to personal time constraints and lack of practice time, but during those lessons Rob gave me invaluable instruction, fixed my hand positions, took me in the direction I wanted to go, and as my last request from him, developed a very comprehensive long term development plan I could follow on my own, as time permitted. Rob was very patient and seemed extremely knowledgeable regarding the specifics of bass guitar technique and theory. Thanks, Rob, for giving me a direction and helping me get started the right way.
I can teach you how to hold it down, walk bass lines and get a lil' funky.
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Music Performance,I can teach you how to play your favorite songs, compose,music theory,read music, and play lead guitar! I play all styles of music and am particularly passionate about Rock,Blues,Jazz,Folk and Classical.I am also the eldest of nine children which has made me great with kids.
Heather July 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
David is extremely versatile in his ability to teach a child, beginning adult musicians, to an advanced player. He is very aware of their potential and how far to set their goals at a time. His patience, passion of music and cheerfulness make learning fun, stress free and very rewarding.
Amber July 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
David is a great teacher! He definitely knows his way around a guitar and is passionate about helping his students master the skill. I would strongly recommend David to anyone who wants to have a fun and informative guitar lesson!
John O. March 22, 2015
David is not only a great guitar player but a great teacher! He encourages his students to learn the basics so that once you start learning the other songs and riffs it makes sense and is easier to learn.I just wish he didn't move to Texas!
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices. I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson take take significant steps towards the goals.
ic Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013 -University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010 -Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010 -The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009
Performance Experience: Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present I have played guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
Nancy V. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He's a kind person. He works with you for what you want to work at. He will introduce new things to your capacity.
Nancy V. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
he has helped me to memorize portion of my favorite song while learning a certain strum with accent on 2nd beat and working on it. he has helped me to organize time to learn. shown me strum pattern and how many in between per note while following and artists song. he is helping me to be disciplined not to think about it and do it subconsciously which is wonderful to learn. i am learning a finger pattern. all will take time. when i stumble he picks the same note up with me as i start again and helps me grow thru my difficulties with explanation and repeating over and over with me until i get it. very patient and nice person with good teaching skills.
Mary A. April 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been playing bass guitar for 14 years. I have played in a variety of professional settings, recording and performing with a wide range of bands from many different genres. In addition to learning technique, we can learn you favorite songs and reading bass clef.
I am a classically trained, professional musician well versed with many different instruments and styles of playing. I have built my own instruments, taken lessons all over the world, studied music theory, and performed in a variety of bands in a variety of settings. I am also a special education teacher and have experience teaching children with special needs in both individual and group settings. I have introduced many friends to music and given them the tools to learn about their instrument.
After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America
I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
Dakota July 15, 2015
Music Theory ·
Michael really helped me develop my ability to communicate effectively when trying to arrange songs with other players.
He's incredibly easy to be around, setting the right mood for students of any experience level to receive instruction, ask questions, and try things out.
adrienne E. June 15, 2015
Michael provided an amazingly comfortable environment in which I was able to excel as I wrote and recorded a song. He was most encouraging and helpful. With patience and an avidly apparent talent for music, I was inspired and pushed beyond what I thought I was capable of.
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New York, NY teacher:
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"Ryan knows his stuff, great teacher!
I'd highly recommend Ryan if you are looking for a very knowledgeable, easy going and talented teacher to help with
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His lessons helped me learn different techniques and theory, but also in a relateable way that was easier to understand, which helped me learn quicker. I'm sure any level of player could benefit from having him as a teacher. Thanks man, keep up the good work."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jolene
"Excellent Bass Teacher
My son has been working with Frank for the past several months and has quickly progressed in his technique playing Bass. Frank has
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Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon
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New York, NY teacher:
Review by Justin
"Very Good Teacher
I took bass lessons with Jon last year, and it was truly a phenomenal experience! Jon worked with me on my level and really broke dow
n music theory in a clear manner. He also was able to pinpoint the areas I needed the most work in, and then developed drills for me to use at home between lessons. His teaching style helped me develop from a below average bass player to a proficient level…in less than 6 months! I highly recommend Jon no matter your experience level."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by mike
"Outstanding musician and teacher. Cannot go wrong.
I had the honor and pleasure of writing, performing, and recording along side Nick for about 6 months.
His skills, competence, and professionalism are unmatched among any of the musicians I have ever worked with and you will be lucky to have him as a teacher.
Nick's expertise goes far beyond playing bass and music theory; he is also a student of the actual instrument. He understands the nuances and theory of tonal quality that puts him in a league above other technically impressive bass players."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ben
"Finally a teacher I can learn from!
Dan came over to my apt and was very polite and a good listener. I told him what I wanted to learn and the types of m
usic I liked. We talked for a bit and I instantly felt comfortable. After a good laugh we launched right in! I found his teaching style to be invigorating! We "jammed" on the first chord pattern he showed me and it actually sounded good. After a few more tricks I was hooked. I left my first session with Dan feeling not only inspired, but also informed. I had material to practice. Dan is a very fun, smart, broadly trained talent to learn from. I highly recommend him. A true musician!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by John
"If anyone is looking to learn how to play bass or improve their skills, check this out! Jon was my teacher for about a year and has helped me IMMENSELY!!
Not only did the learning environment feel completely comfortable and natural, Jon does an excellent job teaching and really cares about your progress. He is one of my greatest inspirations and you'll feel the same once you hear him play!"
Scranton, PA teacher:
Review by Christian
"Jack is a very experienced, patient and inspiring teacher, who always keeps an eye on the bigger picture... lotsa knowledge and swing