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Tacoma, WA

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Bass is my primary instrument - I love playing bass! I also love to teach it.

As a bassist, my primary concern is with your technique. I will show you proven strategies to help you play with power, control, and minimal effort. These principals set the foundations from which all world-class players are built. Every single lesson is designed just for you. We focus on your goals while having fun playing music together. We talk about good practice habits and how to achieve new heights with your abilities. You learn to play songs that you recognize as well as improvising basslines of your own.

Bass is a fabulous instrument because it has the biggest influence on harmony. We will see exactly WHY the bass controls the music and HOW to get the results your ear is searching for. By helping you understand the fundamental principles of music we can take the guess work out of your playing, enabling you to make solid choices with consistent results.

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About Alexander
My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

Here’s what I can do for you…

I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. Together we will explore the principals of music that
will enable you to learn to play in any style you choose to study. Ultimately my job is not to teach you to play, but to show you how to teach yourself. I will arm you with a thorough understanding of technique and theory.

I love working with kids and adults. I love brand new players with no experience as well as seasoned players who just want to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Whatever your age, and wherever you’re at with your playing, I hope you will give me the chance to help you have more fun and confidence in music.

Every player I work with gets access to a personal online Lesson Journal where you can see my notes from our lessons, do homework from your “Stuff to work on” lists, and access my entire digital library! Every lesson is designed just for you.

Let’s get started…

You can take lessons at my studio, in your home, or online via Skype.

For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

You’re going to love your lessons!
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Andrew November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor ! He knows to shift focus towards what you need to work on. As soon as the instructions are given or the questions he asks you feel relief because the energy is going towards what you already feel you need to work on and not just moving on to the next lesson. The tailored lessons make for a low pressure learning environment to fit your needs. As long as your consistant with receiving his lessons you will get where you want to be with your talents and be jammin out soon.
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Sandy F. June 14, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very knowledgeable, tailored the lesson to my level and very open to anything that I want to learn.
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Lisa June 9, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
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About Rene T.

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I've been teaching for over 10 yrs.
I specialize in Jazz/Rockabilly/Psychability/Concert Bass
I focus on Understanding the Instrument through different techniques and regimens of exercise that help to create a very versatile player.

About Rene
Knowing at the age of 5 that music was my life, by being brought up surrounded by praise music and gospel, my early exposure to music helped me to find every Instrument and style just my thing! I wanted to play everything and learn all aspects of music. I started with singing in the children's choir and then developed into piano and music theory. At the age of 12 I began to learn classical guitar, and at 15 took on various styles like Flamenco, Jazz and Rock. I graduated from High School having played in the school band achieving recognition In national Institutions Like IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) and state band finals. I was also composing from a very early age, and at 18 released my first album (self-titled) which can still be heard and purchased today through various music outlets, since i have released over 15
albums with various ensembles and bands. In college I already knew from my previous experience that I wanted to teach and pass on the joy that music brought to my life. I studied Music Theory and Jazz and finished my degree in Music Education. I have been teaching all in all for about 14 yrs. And I have enjoyed every minute I have spent with my students learning as much from them, as them from me. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us music aficionados! and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities.

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My teaching method ranges depending on the student. I believe in my experience that everyone learns differently, therefore everyone develops at their own pace. I try to find key strengths in each student and expose this to their advantage, using their abilities to further develop their skills, this method has shown the most promising results and students usually find themselves playing and performing just a couple of months after their first lessons. Part of my method involves a lot of performance and recital opportunities to help break any fears and inhibitions a student may bring with them. Music is about sharing, so an early exposure to this method helps to strengthen and stabilize a core acceptance of a students style and path, giving them and those close to them a very clear picture of their development and achievements.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has all instruments at both his home and college studio

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I provide lesson material, song charts and a progression scale. I require student to have an Instrument and recommended technique literature.

*** Specialties ***
My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.

****Personal Statement*****

If you needed a reason

There is no question that music touches us instantly and activates images, emotions and memories that linger with us throughout our lives. As a casual listener or an obsessive music elitist, there are times in our lives when we get blown away by a sound so unique our entire body vibrates and resonates with the touch of something out of this world. I can honestly say when this happens to me I feel as close to a spiritual connection than anything I have experienced otherwise. I believe it is these exact events that have triggered my need to be completely involved in the making, performing and consuming of music. The creative process, to me, is the single obvious reason we exist in this world. We create and share, learn and interpret, build on previous ideas and inspire others to perfect upon this process. It is no doubt a very humbling experience to realize you are part of it all. During this process you come to realize how important you are as an Individual, how there is no other vessel like you in this world, nor has there ever been or ever will. You are here now and your voice, your talent, your gift is an instrument to the great choir of the human spirit. No one but you can relate this, a reason to be, to create, to give.
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Roxy T. April 30, 2017
· Drum · Online
Rene is a fantastic teacher! Always patient and great with my 9 year old. He understands my child and always goes the extra mile. Rene is an excellent teacher.
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Jose R. April 1, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Very Knowledgeable about the guitar... Shows great interest in what I want to learn.
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Miguel J. November 14, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Very good.
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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 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.

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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About Griffin H.

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Aurora, CO
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A fascinating approach through basic technique to learn simultaneous dexterity in both hands while applying theory in an easy and fun way. We will Incorporate these ideas into classic bass lines to work on performance and musicianship. In a rut?? I will help you out!

About Griffin
I have grown up with music since the day I was born. My father is a respected musician and raised me to the rhythms of R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Funk of the American 1940's-80's. I have played the bass in all its stringed forms in bands and performing groups since I was 17. I studied at the Jazz Arts Studio in Ohio from 2004-2011. Jazz, improvisation, and theory have been a continued source of practice for myself to this day. I love to pass on my knowledge and continue t learn from my peers and students!

I have performed and/or studied with:
Jeff Berlin
Dave Carpenter
Rufus Reid
Lee Dynes
Noah Wotherspoon
John Goldsby
Hubert Sumlin
Marshall Jones
Jim Rupp
Josiah Wolfe
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Leon Russel
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About Andrea V.

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Being an active and experienced musician gives me the necessary knowledge to know what is needed on order to become a better musician. Also having over 20 years of teaching experience allows me to tailor my knowledge to the need of every particular student. I really enjoy to transfer my knowledge and solve the unique musical problem that every student encounter during their musical path.

About Andrea
Bassist and composer Andrea Veneziani performs extensively within the improvised music scene, across a broad spectrum of genres. His instrumental tone, sensitivity and imagination, and melodic approach to a supposedly clumsy instrument brought him to perform and record with many established musicians. Based in New York City, his work as an instrumentalist and composer can be regularly heard at the top jazz clubs in the city and around the globe.

As a current faculty member of the New York Jazz Workshop, Andrea Veneziani is a dedicated educator. He has taught master classes at the National Institute of Music and the National University of Costa Rica, at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Olav Duun Videregående Skole in Namsos, Norway. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, where he graduated i
n 2011 with a Master of Music Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz as a Fulbright scholarship recipient.
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Catherine June 22, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Andrea is very personable and easy going. He is unintimidating and yet knowledgeable. A pleasure to learn from.
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About Trevor R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have six years' professional experience teaching privately, and I specialize in Classical, Jazz, and Popular styles. I use a patient approach to accommodate each student's unique learning styles, challenges, and interests. While each student will have a personalized experience, all the necessary fundamentals will be covered, including technique, note reading, music theory, and ear training. Send me a message letting me know what your goals are. I can't wait to make music with you!

About Trevor
I am a professional bassist and teacher living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In 2017 I earned a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Instrumental Music Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience teaching students from age 5 up through adulthood, and I have taught several students with special needs. I am proud to say that students of mine have won concerto competitions, earned first-degree ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, and have gone on to continue their study at the collegiate level.

As a bassist, I am fluent in Classical, Jazz, and Popular styles. Before moving to New York, I played with multiple orchestras and chamber groups around the Detroit area, including the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Jazz Festival Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and others. I have been fortunate to share the stag
e with the likes of Sean Jones, Joshua Redman, Jason Moran, as well as Leonard Slatkin.

I would love to get to know what you or your student's learning goals are! Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we can start making great music!
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Sam F. January 16, 2018
· Cello · In home
After a month of lessons with Trevor I feel I must express my appreciation and satisfaction. Learning the cello for a beginner is not an easy task, but Teacher/instructor Trevor makes it happen with his patience, his practical approach and his professionalism with a very healthy attitude it all works. His understanding to what me as the student want is amazing. He doesn't waste time and he keeps me going ahead, and the success is actually reflecting. He has the technique for every step of the way. I am amazed how much I already accomplished in such short time, Thanks to Trevor for teaching effectively. I look forward for every lesson.
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Sam F. November 29, 2017
· Cello · In home
Just did first lesson. Was great! Trevor is a nice, calm, understanding, professional, customizing to student's goals, no time waster, practical, good cello teacher. Looking forward for next lesson/s. Will see how it goes.
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Gabriel November 18, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Allow me to start by saying that I am a violist, not a bassist. I had never so much as held a bass before in my life. However, after a few months of Trevor's patient guidance, I found myself reasonably confident not only in my ability to hold a bass but also somewhat in my ability to play it whilst doing so.

Aside from his patience, I appreciated his flexibility and approachability. Of course, I did my best to practice and attend all of our lessons, but if, for some reason, I was unable to do so, he would always work something out in a fair and rational manner. Not only did I feel comfortable asking questions, but I felt encouraged to do so. His hands-on approach of not just showing or telling but both was refreshing, as was his focus on the goals of student (me, in this particular situation). If there was a particular topic I wanted to discuss - vibrato, for instance - he would incorporate it into lesson plans piece by piece as I advanced to the necessary skill level, without losing a sense of the comprehensive "big picture." At the same time, I never felt rushed or lost during lessons or while practicing; his pacing was excellent, and there is no question that he absolutely knows the instrument well.

In summation, I learned a lot in a short period with Trevor, and strongly recommend this instructor.
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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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About Cary M.

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Want to learn how to play upright bass? Studying with me you’ll be playing upright bass grooves in no time. With 6 years of intensive studying and playing I can help you learn the basics of the instrument! Specializing in jazz, country, folk, and blues I make learning the upright bass incredibly fun and accessible.

About Cary
Born in Fairfax, VA, bassist Cary Miga fostered a love for music and performance in Portland, OR. Attending David Douglas High School opened the doors for his performance in jazz band, choir, orchestra, and musical theater. Cary supplemented his jazz education by studying with Grammy award winning educator, composer, and trumpeter Dr. Thara Memory in the American Music Program. Pushed to pursue music as a full-time career, Cary studied with world-renowned musicians such as Darrell Grant, George Colligan, Alan Jones, Andre St. James, Tim Gilson, and Phil Baker. Upon graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Performance for Jazz Bass, Cary now performs in the vintage pop band Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners which frequently travels for events such as the Seaside Jazz Festival, Coos Bay Jazz Festival, Treefort Music
Festival, Doe Bay Music festival, and Folklife Music Festival. While in his hometown, Cary freelances throughout the city at venues such as Raven & Rose, Solaes Lounge, Hotel Vintage, Laurelthirst Pub, and Secret Society.
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Soham December 12, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Cary is an awesome some teacher! I'm in my 60's and started learning the bass, something I've always wanted to do. He was very practical and patient, able to break the needed skills down into do-able steps. He listened to my goals, not just truing to replicate what he does. He's a great teacher for someone who doesn't have an extensive music background, helping me see patterns and connections that made learning much easier and rational. To me, the surest sign of a great teacher is one the when the lesson is over, the student feels fired up, eager to do more and has a growing sense of pleasure and possibility in their playing. That describes Cary as a teacher. I'm SO fortunate to have found him!
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Peter Q. December 12, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Cary Miga is one of the finest professional bassists on the west coast and an excellent teacher. He is upbeat, fun, and has a contagious love for music. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning bass or guitar.
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