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About Kyle H.

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Upright bass is a very versatile instrument. It is used in classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, pop, funk... Just about every genre! It's amazing that such a historical instrument can have so many uses today.

About Kyle
Having been a musician his whole life, and a bassist since the time he was 15 years old, Kyle elected to attend Berklee College of Music on partial scholarship after graduating high school. This allowed him the opportunity to study with the likes of Whit Browne and Anthony Vitti. Summer breaks from school allowed Kyle to complete professional contracts as a working bass player, including playing in Hersheypark’s “Frontier Frenzy” (2010), Holland America Cruiseline’s “The Neptunes” (2011), and Boston’s “The Honeymooners” (2012). After graduating Berklee Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Music Education (December 2012), Kyle decided to move from his childhood home in Connecticut to Nashville, TN to further his career as a bassist and teacher.
Once he arrived in Nashville, he was immediately picked up by the Ashley Buchart Band as their tour
ing bass player. While touring full-­‐time with Ashley, he also filled his days “off” by playing gigs with artists such as Stephanie Quayle, Jake Clayton, Nick Cross, and Shannon Selig. He is currently using his extensive professional playing experience as a tool to teach meaningful life and playing lessons to his pupils in the Nashville area!

My main teaching philosophy is to always have the underlying fundamentals in mind. Of course, whenever I start a new subject with my students, it is in an effort to better their playing and move them towards their goals. But while doing so, the fundamentals must always be there. After all, the busiest professional players have the best fundamental technique, precision, and musicality! Overall, though, music makes people happy because it is fun, and I never overlook the importance of that fact!

*** Lesson Details ***
The first thing I like to hear from students is what their goals are while taking lessons. Do you want to become a professional musician? Do you want to be able to play with your friends in a band? Are you looking to perform at your local church with a group of musicians? These student-specific goals will help to drive what we will work on during your lessons. Together, we can reach your goals!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide my own bass/guitar, amplifier, cables, etc. I will also have a pencil and paper, and manuscript paper. I expect the student to have their own amplifier (if necessary) and bass/guitar. They should also have pencils, paper, and manuscript paper.

*** Specialties ***
My lessons center around getting a student prepared to play professionally. I believe that the best way to play professionally is to be as well-rounded as possible. So, my lessons target a wide variety of music styles and technical abilities on the bass/guitar, all while having fun!
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Ben K. September 16, 2014
· Bass Guitar · In home
Kyle is a great bass teacher. He always made sure that I understood the material and what I was supposed to practice during the week. I progressed more with Kyle than with either of my prior 2 teachers. He also always has a smile on his face! Take lessons from Kyle!
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ashley B. February 18, 2014
· Bass Guitar ·
Kyle is GREAT!

Working with Kyle is always a great experience. He is extremely professional, on time, and always respectful of your needs and works 110% to meet your goals. Music is his passion and that is always apparent in any project or lesson he's involved with. He knows how to get people excited about creating and always has an upbeat attitude.
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Nadia S. January 20, 2014
· Guitar ·
Kyle was great!

I just took my first guitar lesson with Kyle and he was awesome. Very patient, even when I got frustrated with myself. He taught me how to solo on the blues during my very first lesson and got me using a pick for the very first time. Kyle's lesson was engaging and enjoyable.
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About Peter B.

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Trumbull, CT

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The method systematically approaches bass technique from the first note - open strings through Major and minor scales arpeggios fingerings, bow exercises, up to VIIth position

About Peter
I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially
find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.

*** Lesson Details ***
The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.

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Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
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Callum ". August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Peter got right down to business and it is clear he knows what he is doing. My son is 5 and Peter kept his attention for the full 30 minutes, which is really saying something. At the end of the first lesson, my son was introduced to and could repeat note names; could play a five-note scale; and was learning his right hand from his left. I myself went to Juilliard and Yale for music and am so pleased Peter will be teaching our child(ren).
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· Upright Bass · Online
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Bekah S. October 7, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!
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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, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
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Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

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 Ar
ea.

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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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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Robert O. August 10, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Jazz or classical

About Dr. Norman
I am a professional bass player who has worked on hundreds of recordings and has performed with many symphony orchestras worldwide.

I have a Doctorate in Composition and have taught many students in both orchestration and composition.

Please read my reviews for student feedback.
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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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About Dustin N.

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Houston, TX

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I teach through a traditional style where learning notation is paramount. Proper technique and finger placement will propel us into playing classical pieces and studies.

About Dustin
I hold music degrees from both Belmont and McKendree University. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and violin since I was 18. I've been teaching private lessons when I graduated high school and loved it. I decided to make teaching my career, I currently teach at Spring Woods Middle School teaching orchestra.
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Jillian December 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
He takes time to help you understand where you made mistakes so you can get better.
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Isaiah April 9, 2017
· Cello · Online
Dustin rocks!!!
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Jeffrey Helle March 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
First lesson - I'm an older student and I'd highly recommend Dustin.
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About Kellen H.

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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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About Jeffry L.

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Tacoma, WA

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Bass lessons will cover all the essential areas necessary to develop a strong foundation in playing the upright bass (double bass). For students interested in jazz topics will include: left and right hand techniques, tone control, fretboard familiarity, essential scales, and understanding bass line construction. If the students is studying classical music the lessons will focus on correct bowing techniques, music reading ability, and orchestral excerpts, etudes, and solo literature. Successful students will form a solid platform of knowledge to advance to higher levels of proficiency.

About Jeffry
Study with with a top professional teacher!

Jeffry Larson has had a long and varied career in music that spans over four decades. He began his musical studies at four years old when he started playing the violin. He began studying and performing on guitar and bass during his teenage years and since then has performed in dozens of groups of various styles. Jeffry’s formal training includes extensive study of classical and jazz music culminating in a masters degree in music performance from Northwestern University.

As a performer Jeffry has experience across a wide spectrum of ensembles - from performing solo, to rock and jazz bands, to full symphonic orchestras. He served in the US Army band program for over twenty years and commander/conductor of several musical units. During this time he supervised the training of dozens of musicia
ns and led performances for audiences all over the world.

Jeffry also served as the sole bass guitar instructor for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and developed a bass teaching curriculum that was approved for use at the Armed Forces School of Music.

Today Jeffry teaches out of his home studio in Tacoma, WA - both in-person and online. He has established himself as one of the premier music teachers in the South Puget Sound and continues to perform around the area.
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Joy December 4, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Patient, flexible, steady and knowledgeable. I enjoyed my first lesson, Jeff listened to my background and interests and teaches accordingly. Glad to find this instructor.
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Bob November 10, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jeffry is a good listener, learned my goals first, before beginning instruction. He is patient, articulate and focused on teaching. This was my first lesson and it was just what I wanted and needed.
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About Shawn G.

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I have been performing on Upright Bass for more than three decades in both the classical and jazz realms. I have both a classical and jazz performance degree.

The foundation of my teaching is the Smandl method. I also have a large library of classical and jazz books as well as tunes I have transcribed or lesson material I have written myself.

Let me help you get started on bass or refine your skills.

About Shawn
Shawn has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, his home studio and online. Shawn has helped students go from no musical knowledge to giving public performances.

Shawn received his training at the UC, Irvine where he received his Bachelor of Music and Cal State, Fullerton where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music.

Shawn teaches and performs on guitar, and electric and upright bass. He is proficient in genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical.

As an expert in his field, Shawn looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Shawn’s teaching style focuses on engaging the student and making learning fun. He feels that sparking a student’s interest is key to their success. As a lifelong learner of music, he has a vast array of knowledge to draw
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Todd June 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Shawn is very well informed on music theory. I have had discussions with him on numerous occasions, quite enlightening.
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Adolfo June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
He is a very patient teacher and really goes the extra mile when it comes to explaining things I'm having trouble with.
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Karen June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My daughter became interested in playing the bass guitar after seeing a friend perform in the Jazz Band concert at her school. After asking around, Shawn came highly recommended. He was nice, knowledgeable, dedicated to teaching and I was impressed with how kept my daughter engaged and motivated. He is someone I recommend highly.
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About Oliver H.

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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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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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Lindsey July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.
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Oliver Horton os a naturally gifted teacher, passionate about sharing his love of music. Lovely person, talented musician, gracious and good humored teacher.
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About Austin C.

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I'm a classically trained bass player and played in orchestra for 7 years while in school. I've taken music theory courses as well but my need for different music had me venturing out into the local venues of the metroplex. I've played with multiple bands playing country, blues, and rockabilly. I've worked on multiple albums with these artists. I have a deep love of metal and rock as well and love to incorporate as many styles as I can into what I play. I think I've had a wide musical experience that can give people a little bit of everything. I've been a musician for 13 years and hope I can add to someone's musical journey as many others have added to mine. You can always learn something from another person so let's teach each other and make us both better musicians.

About Austin
I'm a classically trained bass player who played in my school orchestra for 7 years, 5th grade till a senior in high school. I have taken music theory courses in school but I needed more when I started high school. I started to play in bands and have been in a few since then. I've played at venues all over the metroplex and been on multiple albums. I love to perform and try to play with as many people as I can. I've played for 13 years now and want to help others on their musical path just as many others have helped me. We can always learn from each other so let's become better musicians together!
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