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About Jesse M.

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Learn basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody, and how they apply to the upright bass.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler, Andrew, and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele
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Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir
, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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About Barry H.

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All styles - pop, rock, jazz, funk, classical, etc. Reading, writing and ear training.

About Barry
For over 20 years, Barry has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger and musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone). Barry received a Master of Arts degree in Music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami. He also studied Music (composition) at the Juilliard School and Music for Film at NYU. Barry is currently teaching electronic music, audio production and sound design courses at Mercy College and CUNY Hostos Community College. Barry draws on his diverse background performing and recording on multiple instruments in numerous styles to provide a stimulating and creative experience for the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed around the student's interests and personality. Reading, writing and improvisi
ng as well as listening to recordings are an integral part of the lessons from the beginning, regardless of skill level. Students will not only learn how to play their instruments correctly but will also develop an expanding appreciation of all kinds of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio seating for parents
keyboard
amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect all students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, World, Classical
Jazz Improvisation for ALL instruments (even if I don't play them)
Composition, Arranging, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Finale
Home & Commercial Studio Recording, Acoustics, Analog & Digital, Troubleshooting.
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Carlton W. July 30, 2016
· Saxophone · Online
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About Victor Q.

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Phoenix, AZ
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I am a string specialist. That means I teach and play violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele and piano. I earned B.A. earned from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley Colorado where I was a double major in classical guitar and double bass. In my senior year I was the recipient of the Annual Concerto Contest where I performed the "Concerto in A Major" on double bass with the University orchestra for the spring concert. I have played in both professional and semi-professional orchestras in Colorado and Arizona. I believe that any student will practice more if he or she likes the music they are playing. Periodically I will ask a student to give me a name of a piece of music that they would like to learn how to play. I notate it for them, often simplifying the rhythm and chords in Finale NotePad and give it to them free of charge. I teach students how to play music on their given instrument. Not just how to play the instrument but working on ...

About Victor
I believe that any student will practice more if he or she likes the music they are playing. Periodically I will ask a student to give me a name of a piece of music that they would like to learn how to play. I notate it for them, often simplifying the rhythm and chords in Finale NotePad and give it to them free of charge. I teach students how to play music on their given instrument. Not just how to play the instrument but working on technique, finger dexterity, expert note reading ability and total musicianship. How to play a piece of music that will move the audience emotionally. I stress vocabulary and music history and theory as part of being a well-trained musician.
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Suzanna June 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
In my opinion, having been an educator in the Isaac School District for many years, Mr. Quintana exhibits excellent teaching techniques and strategies to enable the learner to be successful. He is professional, prepared, courteous, and prompt. For the past 6 years, Mr.Quintana has been my cello instructor. The environment that he creates as an educator provides an excellent foundation for continued learning. Mr. Quintana's knowledge of string instruments and piano are superb.
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Laurie June 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Victor is a great instructor and a great person. He is wonderful with my young son, who was an absolute beginner when he started lesson with Victor at age 8. My son has a learning disability that makes it harder for him to read music and process instructions. Victor worked with all of that with patience and respect. Now my son can play beautiful songs and perform in front of others. I believe that learning music has also helped my son become better at reading, math, and thinking! Most of all, he feels successful about his guitar skills, which adds to his confidence. I cannot thank Victor enough!
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Kelly June 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Victor is really professional and knowledgable and I would recommend him to anyone who is learning to play for the first time 👍
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About Darren S.

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Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from honing bow technique, to left-hand formation and fingering choices, to reading musical notation, interpreting music and learning rhythm.

My goal is to help students develop a technical foundation on the bass for playing just about any kind of music that they are interested in, and to support students with practicing tips for areas in their playing where they want to improve. My specialty is symphony orchestra training, so I primarily use the Essential Elements for Strings books at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce standard orchestral repertoire, sonatas, and concertos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far I have helped students get into All-States, Districts/Regional festivals, youth orchestra programs, and music degree programs at colleges. I feel that the reason why my students succeed is ...

About Darren
Darren Sacks is the leading private teacher for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs.

Mr. Sacks focuses on improving his students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, and by providing insight on the way they approach practicing.

Sacks is currently a substitute bassist for the Boston Lyric Opera. He has also performed in several professional orchestras across Connecticut including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Sacks has been invited to coach chamber ensembles at the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and the Rivers School Conservatory. While studying with Sacks, his students' achievements have included performing i
n the MMEA All-States Festival, the MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival, the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra, and the CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra (in New Jersey via online lessons).

Mr. Sacks studied privately with world-renowned double bass musicians including Lawrence Wolfe, assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Black, founding member of the New York City-based contemporary ensemble, Bang On A Can.

Sacks writes articles on Medium.com and publishes his own insightful articles related to practicing the double bass.
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Polly February 4, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
My son does hybrid in person and online lessons with Darren. Darren is very enthusiastic, encouraging and articulate. After every lesson, my son is energized. For the first time, he advanced to state level after intensive lessons with Darren. Darren also teaches HOW to practice and clearly points out what he needs to do so my son can focus his practice. Highly recommend him.
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Kalena June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.
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Emily June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.
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About Sara N.

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Chicago, IL

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As an experienced teacher with a Master's Degree in Bass Performance, you can expect instruction in either French or German bow, left hand technique, and musical concepts that apply to many different styles of music. Additionally, I have studied jazz and can help with sound production within that genre.

About Sara
Sara Neilson grew up in Alexandria VA, and began her musical career as a violinist. Though she always wanted to play music for a living, it wasn’t until college that she fell in love with the bass and decided to pursue it professionally. After earning degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance, she received a master's degree in Bass Performance from DePaul University, where she was runner up in the Concerto Competition. Since graduating, she has taught double bass in a variety of settings around Chicago. Her students have performed at the Obama Foundation, the Aspen Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. She had performed at the Chautauqua Institute, Eastern Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival and has appeared locally with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her te
achers include Rob Kassinger, Ira Gold, and Owen Lee. In her free time, Ms. Neilson enjoys knitting sweaters, doing vinyasa yoga, and daydreaming about her future dog, Button.
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Joshua July 5, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
Sara has a great eye for detail, and has various ways of articulating what she either sees or hears in a person's playing. She does well in meeting the student where they are in order to encourage them along the way, while maintaining the teacher student relationship, something not easily done. Her experience, willingness to help and patience all make her a very excellent instructor in my opinion!
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Elizabeth S. March 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Sara is patient, professional, thorough and encouraging. She is really helping me along with my bowing technique. Highly recommended :)
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Sini H. November 23, 2015
· Upright Bass · In home
Our high school son bounced around from teacher to teacher till he met Sara. She is an excellent straight forward teacher. Who just brings the best out in his playing. She is detailed and focused. Highly recommended.
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About Oliver H.

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Chicago, IL

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My students can expect a loving, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere to learn a difficult instrument. We will go through the basics of hand shapes, learn how to navigate the neck with scales, and tunes that make the upright bass approachable.

About Oliver
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am currently
co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play for a classical chamber pop group called the 9 Worlds Ensemble. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.
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Austin April 28, 2018
· Upright Bass · Online
My son Austin loved his first lesson with Oliver. In fact, he had been considering qutting the upright bass, but after his first lesson, he had renewed enthusiasm and wants to continue to learn. That makes mom happy since I just recently bought him a bass!
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Sonny G. February 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Oliver has been perfect for both me and my tween daughter. He is a fantastic musician and can break it down and dumb it down as need be for each of us. My daughter’s review is “he’s amazing”.
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Erica December 27, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Oliver was patient with my slow internet connection and willing to try different things to make it work. He gave me great tips to help me develop better technique, and was very encouraging. I really appreciated his perspective and skill and am so excited to be progressing with my playing!
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About Carson R.

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Musicality and Groove are #1 here! I can give you the rigor knowledge of Classical Training, with a down to earth caring of your musical growth and style. We will learn all there is to know about the bass: technique, fingerboard theory, tips and tricks, classic bass lines, etc. Etudes, Bass Concertos, symphony bass parts, and Bach Cello Suites will be examined to push your abilities further and to prepare you for any audition or concert. Ear training, theory, scales and arpeggios are critical to each lesson plan, and will help develop your musicality as an overall musician and role as a bassist. I believe students learn the best through, ultimately, PLAYING! So we will be studying the favorite tunes of yours and mine, along with end of lesson jams! (On top of those necessary scales :) Even get help with your songs if you write music too. Looking forward to some great lesson sessions!

About Carson
Recent USC Music Grad available for bass lessons and more. Having been a student most of my life, I've experienced what makes a teacher and lesson plan great, or stale. Ready to extend my knowledge to students who are thrilled by music and the bass, and ready for the next step in their creative life. Over the years I have studied with many great bass instructors such as:
*Alphonso Johnson- Weather Report, Bob Weir(Grateful Dead) and
Santana
*Ray Riendeau - Rob Halford(Judas Priest), James Labrie(Dream
Theatre), and Solo Slap Bass Master!
*Barry Olson - Retired Principal Bassist of the Phoenix Symphony

In addition, I also studied Classical Composition, Counterpoint, Theory, and Arranging extensively with:

*Neal Desby- Composer, Film+Video GameScore Arranger (
Guardians of the Galaxy, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and 3), and also teaches Flea, Frank Ocean, Weezer, Maroon 5, and Fall Out Boy.

*Veronika Krausas - Composer, teacher at USC, Lecturer for the LA Philharmonic
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Mesa, AZ 85202
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About Alex T.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Bass Lessons with me are fun, engaging, and inspiring. Through my experience of many years of teaching different levels and age groups I am able to engage and teach in a way that truly caters to the students individual needs. Music is fun and learning it should be too. Lessons cover a variety of topics including: technique, groove, theory, sight-reading, playing in different styles, posture, sound development, and much more!

About Alex
Hello! My name is Alex and I've been a professional bassist for the past 15 years. I have enjoyed learning the instrument and have strived to be as versatile and educated as possible, not just on my principle instrument, but in music as a whole. I graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford and moved to New York City to continue my career and studies. Since moving to New York I've been hired to play at some of the cities biggest venues and various festivals around the country and the world. These venues include the Blue Note, The Cotton Club (Tokyo), Blues Alley, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard, Minton's PlayHouse, Joe's Pub, The Iridium, and that's just to name a few!

I've loved teaching for many years and have gained experience leading programs for different age groups. My teaching credentials
include after-school and in-school programs for kids from ages 10-18 and also various workshops as a private clinician at the University of Hartford, University of West Virginia, and many different public and private high schools in the states of Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In conjunction with these credentials I've also worked for organizations such as Jazz House Kids, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Arts By The People, and am currently director of the BackCountry Jazz after-school music program. I get great joy from teaching and working with students of different levels and ages and I always take extra care in making sure that all the information being taught is organized and that the student has fun and learns at their own pace. Making sure that the students understand the information and know how to apply it in a real-life playing situation is one of my main goals as a teacher.

Many of my former students have told me that when studying with me they're constantly learning and deepening their knowledge, most of the time without even realizing it. This is because I enjoy using real examples of the music that I suggest to them, or that they themselves are listening to, to illustrate what I am teaching, and how they can use it too. I hope this gave you some insight into my lifelong journey as a musician and I sincerely look forward to meeting you and showing you via online or in person what I can do for you and how anything is possible with a great teacher!
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Alex T.

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About Bridgette M.

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As an advanced player in High School, I started teaching the upright double bass to younger HS students who asked me for private lessons for their Nyssma auditions or to get better. My students all not only aced their auditions after our intensive lessons, but went on to music conservatories to study the double bass in their own right. I like to think I had something to do with sparking their love and developing their innate talent as my own early teachers did for me. I loved teaching then and I still love to pass on that spark so that this instrument will never be left without well-studied, talented double bassists. I have a double degree in Bass Performance & Music Education from the Eastman School of Music under the esteemed virtuoso and professor, James VanDemark. Whether you are a beginner/intermediate or advanced student of the Double Bass, I can help you reach that next level.

About Bridgette
I am a semi-professional Double Bassist. I have a double degree in Bass Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music where I studied under virtuoso and professor James VanDemark. I have been playing and studying Double Bass since I was 9 years old and won my first Nyssma audition and first solo performance 1 year after I began playing and been a member of the local Empire State Youth Orchestra until I graduated HS. During HS as an advanced player, I started teaching other younger students who have gone on to attend music conservatories and have their own careers playing the double bass. I also became well-known in the area having performed in the Johnson Family Trio (Violin, Cello, Bass) as well as through winning many scholarships every year from the NY Philharmonic and different organizations to study and perform at
Luzerne, Chautauqua, Tanglewood, Round Top...where I've studied under amazing Principle Bassists like Curtis Burris, Roger M. Scott of Philadelphia Symphony, Todd Seeber, Lawrence Wolfe & Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony...

I have experience playing and performing alongside musicians from conductors like Paavo Jaarvi, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin to performers like YoYo Ma.

I am a USMC Veteran Musician having performed in the US Marine Band in San Diego as the first female bassist to ever enlist in the USMC. I chose the option to attend the Armed Forces School of Music where I took 6 months to learn how to play the Electric Bass Guitar and Jazz studies. On arriving at my duty station for the Marine Band at MCRD San Diego, I additionally went outside of classical music to teach myself other techniques like slap, funk, rock, latin and more to play genres with the electric bass for Jazz band, Showband, etc. as well using my upright in Concert Band. This experience has made me a more versatile player and honed additional skill sets as a bass player.

I currently am a performer with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, Brazos Chamber Orchestra and am often requested to perform professionally around town for different organizations. I am told I am a tough but fair teacher and expect results each lesson! I am interested in students who want to work hard to hone their skills to launch themselves into the higher plain of Double Bass Musicianship. What are your goals? I can take you there.
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