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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA
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Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV
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Alex G.

Brooklyn, NY
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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA

I'll teach you the essential fundamentals of playing technique that make it so important in learning this behemoth of an instrument. Harmony, bass lines, soloing, thumb position, bowing, learning songs are also covered.

About Ian

Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra. Teaching Experience Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music ...

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Stephanie R. June 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really enjoying the lessons. Ian is cool.
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KateB April 9, 2012
Excellent Teacher

Ian is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor! Very helpful for a beginner student such as myself.
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NvartR December 19, 2011
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I love the way you explain the notes to the kids. They all have told me how much they like you and feel very comfortable with your teaching. You key into each child needs. I see great progress with Nik and Liam Kat needs more practice which she will do this week. See you Thursday.
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Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV

You will learn posture using French or German bow. You will be guided by me through method books and use supplemental materials I create for you to advance. You will learn some jazz styles and how the bass works in a rhythm section. You will learn about chord progressions in songs. I've been teaching upright for 5 years. You will learn to make the bass sing as a solo instrument. Most of my students have gone on to play in jazz combos and trios. I want to be your next instructor.

About Mark

I teach according to your individual needs. I help you become successful on piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar. I help you learn the instrument and learn to read music with my own ideas using fun worksheets and songs you really like to learn how to play. I fill your voids with activities such as practice techniques, sub-lessons, and ear training. I guide you toward proper posture, tone development, and the ability to keep a steady beat. I help you develop your musical independence by tweaking lessons to help you succeed. I believe talent is not a factor in learning. Mastering an instrument is the result of effective instruction and step by step guidance toward foundations and skills. I love to teach private lessons because I believe in spreading the word to make the great gift of playing

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Denise G. April 1, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I'm just starting so it was great to get so much encouragement from Mark! Plus, he helped me find a violin online to purchase. Thanks Mark!!
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Marissa D. March 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is so great!!!He has taught my daughter so much in such a short time!!!!Highly recommend him.
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Jose B. February 11, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Goes the extra mile, and helps with all your weaknesses! Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Alex G.

Brooklyn, NY

About Alex

Music is therapeutic to my soul and essential to my everyday existence. Absorbed by it, I dedicate most of my energy toward creating, writing, and playing music. I am here to help you to do the same. I am fortunate and grateful to have worked with many of the world's most amazing and creative performers, artists, composers, and producers.  Because of this, I've learned to appreciate a diverse range of musical genres, while showing no bias toward any one musical form. After all, at the end of a piece of music, it's the listener's personal feeling that will truly reflect their opinion. Alex started his formal music education in the fourth grade where he first played trumpet in elementary school. After dabbling with the piano and drums, he finally settled on bass just before his 20th ...

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Ken W. May 7, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Alex G. is the perfect music teacher for my son!

Alex G. has not only been a great piano instructor for my son, but a great communicator, as my son is on the autism spectrum. He also inspires my son to be a better player than he was the week before. I'm impressed with his musical knowledge and taste as well as his talent for playing and teaching music. I really am a grateful dad.
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LOCKSLEYJ July 16, 2011
Alex g. is the right instructure for me. A lex understand me very well, and he has thouhgt me a lot. I am glad that I chose alex. I have nothing but high praise for Alex. I give Alex an EXECELLENT RATING.
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KenW July 12, 2010
Perfect Teacher For Special Needs Son

Alex G. is very patient and encouraging with my son; the exact qualities I was looking for in a music teacher for him. I actually wouldn't advise Alex on how to proceed from here as I see my boy is responding to him very well. Just keep up the good work!

Brian W.

North Olmsted, OH
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John G.

Sterling Heights, MI
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Encinitas, CA
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Brian W.

North Olmsted, OH

About Brian

Brian has strong and diverse musical experiences to share as a teacher of piano beginning to intermediate), bass (all levels) and guitar (beginning to intermediate). He has also worked successfully as musical director, studio/touring musician, arranger and piano technician. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Brian is now based out of North Olmsted, OH. As a teacher, Brian has taught privately for over ten years. Many of his students have gone on to forge their own successful, musically inspired careers. His local arts and charitable affiliations in Northeast Ohio are extensive. In September, 2008 he affiliated his bass instruction studios with Royalton Music Center (North Royalton, OH) and Studio 42 (Brunswick, OH). Through his work with the "Moss Stanley Trio" as "Cats

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KathyI November 5, 2010
He's really excited about what he's teaching and he knows alot about music theory and the fretboard. He may need to slow down for me and stop referring to the notes until I actually catch up which may be longer. I really was excited to learn the things he taught but my fingers aren't catching up. That is also slowing down what I learned at first. He went out and got a requested James Taylor book for me that had TAB that I had never seen before and now I can relate it to what he's teaching. I also have a scales book that goes two octaves. Brian suggested learning one octave so that I can really know the notes.
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NicoleM October 5, 2010
Brian is an excellent teacher and works well with our son. He has helped him develop new key skills on the double bass, as well as gain confidence on the more challenging pieces his orchestra is taking on this season. On a personal level, Brian is very friendly and does a great job communicating both with our son and ourselves. He makes us feel at home, and our son enjoys working with him. We are looking forward to our son really growing through these lessons. I would highly recommend Brian to other students.
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John G.

Sterling Heights, MI

I played upright bass for WSU in Detroit in their Lab 1 Big Band
My current upright knowledge is mainly in jazz and not orchestra.

About John

Hello, My name is John. I can benefit you as a student with my experience and great attitude. My general teaching philosophy is to get the students to set goals for themselves and together, work towards those goals. I emphasize the importance of music theory, technique and aural skills. If you would like to know more about my personal experience, keep reading my biography below! I have a Music degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in jazz studies, where I focused on performance and writing; including composition, arranging and orchestration. I have several years experience in performance, studio work and teaching. I participate in the American Guild of Music, and Studio Recitals. I have been teaching guitar and bass since 2002. I am currently a staff ...

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QinB September 4, 2011
John G. is a five star instructor in every aspect.
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DanK1 August 25, 2011
Incredible Teacher

John is not only a talented musician but a terrific teacher as well. So far, he has taught me the way I want/need to be taught.
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NileshS December 28, 2010
John is just perfect for us. Our son needed a teacher who can talk to his age and be patient and adjust speed of teaching for a 8 yr old. Our son looks forward to the weekly class.
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John S.

Encinitas, CA

About John

Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California. I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups. In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver, Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for ...

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Marcie S. June 4, 2014
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
John is a phenomenal instructor, coach and mentor. He met my son at his level and patiently encouraged him to grow as a musician. His easy-going manner makes him approachable and his vast knowledge, as well as experience, helps the student to expand their musical skills. We like John:)
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SusanS March 27, 2011
John has been great for Cameron (our son) Cameron had to take a break for reahearsals for a musical that he was performing in.
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DanielK January 21, 2011
exactly what I wanted

Great teacher. Tailored the lesson to my wants and needs. Explanations are easy to understand. Just a very relaxed and cool guy. I left my lesson very inspired to practice and meet again.

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About Upright Bass

Used in classical, rockabilly, bluegrass, jazz and “unplugged” acoustic rock, the double bass is also referred to as the contra bass or upright bass. Upright bass lessons can be taught by electric bass guitar instructors, however make note that the electric bass is very different from the upright bass. If you really want to learn to this instrument, you want to take lessons specifically designed for upright bass. Fortunately, our lessons, taught by certified music instructors, can make you into a skilled upright bass player in no time at all. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced student because our classes cater to students of all ages and experience levels. Our instructors are friendly and highly professional, and despite the subject’s intricacies they can help make your
learning easier and faster. Our teachers are extremely approachable so you will have no problems in getting a helping hand in case you’re having a hard time grasping concepts or techniques. When selecting an upright bass teacher for upright bass lessons, you should make sure the instructor has experience playing the type of music you want to learn. Additionally, you’ll want to find a teacher capable of teaching you the double bass fundamentals of finger picking, using of the bass bow and how to properly hold the bass. Don't worry we have you covered. So enroll in upright bass lessons today!
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