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About Ross G.

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Portland, OR

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Bass is my primary instrument. Upright is a great new challenge for any electric player.

About Ross
I am a Philadelphia native and current Portland transplant. I play a lot in the PDX jazz scene and am also the bassist for local Portland groups Crow Daddy (@crowdaddyband) and The Renegade Gospel Band (@renegadegospelband).

Before moving to Portland I earned my Bachelor's degree in jazz performance from Temple University in 2013, I went on to earn my master's degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in 2015, and then went on to have a 4 year career as a music director for large production companies and cruise lines.

After a steady 4 years of traveling and directing music programs I chose Portland as a place to finally settle and move forward with my music career. Teaching has always been a major part of who I am and what I am passionate about.

I of course teach bass both electric and upright, but am also very comfo
rtable teaching guitar, theory, and songwriting.

Send me a message any time if you have questions about my music, career, and teaching experience.
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Kelly October 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Ross is a very talented musician with a lot of professional experience. He always strives for the best and his vast music knowledge is great for any student wanting to learn and improve their musical skills.
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Clay October 22, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Ross's understanding of musical theory and ability to help me grasp complicated concepts in simple ways has greatly enriched my ability to analyze, compose, and transcribe music.
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Tom October 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Ross totally knows his stuff. He can teach rock, jazz, blues, heck even classical bass. He has a masters degree in Jazz with a focus on the bass. His teaching style is very friendly and supportive. He has been involved in teaching the bass for years ( along with guitar, piano, etc. and knows music theory like a pro ) in addition to other music profession jobs centered on conducting, teaching and performing.
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Ross G.

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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional studio player with a Doctorate in Music, and have played on hundreds of blockbuster movies including the Oscars and Grammys. I work with many orchestras and can teach you how to get work as a bassist. Also can teach jazz...

About Dr. Norman
Dr. Norman Ludwin is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).

Norman’s compositions an
d arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Dr. Ludwin has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · Online
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Ray R.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Upright Bass

About Ray
Hello!

My name is Ray, I'm 30 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for 16+ years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy, and am building a career as a pop music producer.

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My music lessons
are unique for three main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
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Maximus May 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
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Eden H. December 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Colin H.

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Glendale, CA

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I focus on musicality when I teach any instrument. With the bass, that stretches from playing with strong tone and staying in tune all the way to thumb position vibrato and advanced bowings. I'm a classical player but I include jazz, folk, and rock in my lessons.

About Colin
I'm an avid music fan familiar with rock (indie rock, classic rock, alternative), pop, funk, disco, and classical genres. Music has been my "thing" since the day I was born and I love connecting with people through their favorite music.

My lessons focus on empowering each student with the skills to play what they want to play.

If you want to have a good time playing great music, you've come to the right teacher!

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You and I work on simple exercises that help get you to the next level in your performance and then apply the principle taught to a piece of music you are familiar with. It's a great method that gets you playing what you want to play at the level you want to play it at.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All of the instruments that I teach (guitar, bass, upright bass) as well as recording gear (Pro Tools
, mics, synths, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Any instrument that I teach.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Upright Bass and Music Production (mixing, mastering, Pro Tools recording, beat sequencing)
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Martin October 28, 2018
· Upright Bass · Online
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Dominique K. May 15, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
My daughter loved her lesson and can't wait until next week
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Jaxon W. April 26, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I have worked on songwriting with Colin for years and he is a very versatile and skilled songwriter. He does a great job helping you find the style you want to write in and fill in the holes in your skill-set. Definitely would recommend!
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Colin H.

Glendale, CA 91205
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About Darren S.

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Boston, MA

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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 is one of the leading private teachers for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs.

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

Darren 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.

Darren has been invited to coach chamber ensembles at the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and the Rivers School Conservatory. While studying with Darren, his students' achievements have included performing in
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).

Darren 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.

Darren is a bass teaching artist for El Sistema Somerville, an after-school orchestra program that empowers all students to become confident, engaged learners through rigorous, daily instruction in music ensembles and also provides the Somerville community with equitable access to musical excellence.

Darren is also currently on Harvard's Office For The Arts' reference list which is a compilation of instructors who teach Harvard students. The listing is considered a starting point reference to Harvard students looking for quality music instructors in the Boston area and, in some cases, are awarded stipends to study with Darren.

Darren writes articles and publishes his own insightful articles related to practicing the double bass.
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Mary Margaret September 4, 2018
· Upright Bass · Online
Darren did a wonderful job of preparing me for my audition. He could fix all of my issues and answer all of my questions! Thank you, Darren!!
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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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About Kellen H.

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Santa Monica, CA
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I have studied upright bass for 20 years. I am classically trained and studied under Barry Lieberman, former assistant principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I went on to study jazz at the prestigious William Paterson University. I then spent the next 13 years gigging and teaching in a variety of situations in New York City and now Los Angeles. I have played a full spectrum of music on the upright and love to impart that knowledge to my students!

About Kellen
I believe this is a great time to be a musician. I have come of age as a musician in a time when music making and the music industry have shifted dramatically. There are many positives in this shift, with new oppurtinites opening up for musicians. I also see these changes not being addressed in music education. There are many things I wish I would've been taught when I was younger that would have accelerated my growth, and I love using that knowledge to accelerate my student's growth. I teach tonal harmony (as you'd learn in music school), focus on groove and rhythm (which is commonly neglected in music school), and an awareness of new technology (which was ignored when I was in music school). I believe because no matter which direction you are coming from, you will come to this intersection making music in this era.
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Sylvia March 7, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher! Kellen has made me really excited about the guitar again.
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Jon March 2, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Kellen is a great instructor. He explains musical ideas in an way that I qet quickly. I'll show him a song and he'll pick it up and teach it to me right away. I would definitely recommend him!
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had been playing guitar for a while, mostly learning songs and chord changes on my own. I wanted to take lessons to work on composing my own songs, and this is where Kellen really helped me. He had a lot of ideas and suggestions that were really helpful in trying to create a unique composing style. He's a trained musician, and it shows when he helps me with music theory and exposing me to lots of different styles of music.
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Kellen H.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About Philip C.

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Miami, FL

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With my background in classical, jazz, and contemporary music, we can approach the upright bass in whatever way a student may want. Fundamentals and time feel are most important. Sound production and musical intent would also be main focuses. I have comprehensive knowledge of the standard classical and jazz repertoire, and can easily develop an effective plan of study for any student, at any level. I also write a fair amount of music, so composition could be a component of lessons. I would love to teach anyone who has interest in playing bass, no experience whatsoever needed!

About Philip
I am a cellist, bassist, and composer living in Miami right now studying at the Frost School of Music. I have been heavily involved in both the jazz and classical traditions for the past six years, and I have gleaned a lot of wisdom that I hope to impart on the next generation. I try to be the most compassionate teacher possible, and I pride myself as someone who deeply understands the learning process.
I have spent the last fifteen years building both my classical and jazz repertoire, so I have a great idea of how to build a plan of study for any student of any level. Despite my experience in these two well-established music traditions, I am a massive proponent of listening to and experiencing as many types of music as possible. Once we work through technique, we could get into more contemporary music, or virtually anything that has art
istic merit. Learning a musical instrument is incredibly beneficial to the development of the psyche and brain, so I will do everything in my power to keep my students engaged and enjoying the process. I really look forward to working with any and all of you!
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Jose F. December 5, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I had an amazing time with Phillip very knowledgeable about the cello and made the class fun I really like his love and passion for teaching music
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Philip C.

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About Jaron P.

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Fort Worth, TX
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Jazz, classical various solo techniques from bass legends

About Jaron
Hello, my name is Jaron Porter , I am passionate about music and sharing it with others. I have a ton of experiences and would love to inspire the next generation of musicians. You should book me because I will help you reach your goals and learn a lot about yourself and your gifts. I am primarily a Bassist but I also play piano As well as composing music . I am a few months away from finishing my BA in Music at Texas Wesleyan a University I believe I can help every student in their musical endeavors.
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Jaron P.

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About Torge G.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hello! My Name is Torge Goderstad and I am an experienced double bassist specializing in Jazz, actively gigging and playing in NYC, and dedicated your or your child's musical development!

I have been playing Electric Bass for 10 years and double bass for 6 of those. I enjoy teaching adults and kids equally and approach teaching through what the student would like to get out of music, wether that be pursuing it professionally or developing a fulfilling hobby. I teach all styles and French Bow technique.

I graduated from The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2017 with a bachelors degree and Jazz Performance, with a concentration in Bass. I also have studied composition, theory and arranging extensively and all these can be incorporated into our lessons no matter your level!

I have performed both in NYC and internationally at venues including: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lincoln Center, Shapeshifter Lab, Bern International Jazz festival, and many others.

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About Torge
Hello! My name is Torge, I am from Denver CO and I have been an active bassist/teacher/composer/band leader for the past 10 years, 5 of them in NYC. I primarily teach jazz on the double bass at all levels but also teach beginner/intermediate classical (french bow) and all levels of electric bass as well.

Much of my life has revolved around music and wether you want to pursue it professionally, as a hobby, or are just testing the waters I would love to help you on your journey! My teaching style consists of starting with what interests you in the musical world and exposing you to new ideas, technique and theory relevant to that content. I am comfortable teaching all ages, as music has something to offer everybody no matter what your age.

I am a recent graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where I received a bachelor
s in Jazz Performance with a concentration in Bass. I have performed at venues locally and internationally including Lincoln Center, ShapeShifter Lab, Bern Internationally Jazz Festival, Williamsburg Music Center, The Nuyoricans poets Cafe, Berkley Californias "Jupiter", The Back Room and many more.

If you have any questions please say hello! I'm very approachable! Also here's my website torgegoderstadbass.com

I look forward to working with you :)
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Torge G.

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About Bill M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I can teach you what the academics can't, how to make a living on the bandstand!! I have over 30 years experience as a full time professional Musician. I have played every conceivable type of music professionally in every type of venue. My specialties are Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Classical. Im most well known in the Jazz world. A partial list of performance and recording credits include; Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Delfayo Marsalis, Terace Martin, Kenny Drew Jr, Ronald Muldrow, Horace Tapscott, Greg Kurstin to name a few,,

About Bill
Hi! Glad to finally get a page here, my students have recommended this site for years! Unlike most of my colleagues, I really enjoy teaching! If you are serious about learning Bass (Upright or Electric), I can help you!! Please have immediate short term goals which are always the best place to start no matter what your skill level is. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Bill M.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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$67 / 60-min

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