I can help you get started if you're just picking up bass for the first time, or if you already have some experience then we can focus on more advanced material including scales, music theory and songwriting.
I knew I wanted to be a professional guitar player from the first time I picked up an electric guitar over 16 years ago. I started taking private lessons as soon as I got my first guitar, and without the crucial guidance and encouragement I received early on I certainly would not be the guitarist I am today, and that old guitar might even be collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Since I began teaching 8 years ago my goal has been to provide that same encouragement to beginning students and to help them realize that no matter what their ambitions are, they can be achieved with enough practice
and they can have fun along the way!
When I started high school I realized there was a lot more to playing guitar than the hard rock and blues songs I had been learning up until then, so I enrolled in a music theory class, joined my school's jazz band and began taking classical guitar lessons at the University of Wyoming. After high school I accepted academic and music scholarships to attend the University of Oregon where I majored in Jazz Studies, and I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on jazz arranging. While at UO I performed in student combos and my own rock band Just People as well as the award winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble. I also had the opportunity to perform with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and play several shows with Grammy-Award winning country artist Lynn Anderson.
This diverse experience allows me to help my students improve their technique and gain a deeper understanding of the guitar, regardless of the style(s) of music they are passionate about. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to play guitar and that lessons should be fun, whether your goal is to be able to sing your favorite song and strum a few chords or start your own band and take over the world!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that lessons are most effective when they relate to your life and the music you love. I've talked to countless people who have told me "I used to play violin..." or "I played piano when I was younger...", and every time I ask them why they stopped I get a variation on the same answer: "I just didn't feel like practicing." My goal is for every student to look forward to their practice time, and to prevent it from falling into the 'chores' category next to taking out the trash and washing the dishes.
In order to make learning fun we'll start by learning songs that are meaningful to YOU. After becoming familiar with the basics like chords and strumming patterns, we'll dig a little deeper and look at the structure of the song and the fundamentals of music theory that went into composing it. After learning a few songs this way you'll gain not just a larger vocabulary of chords and rhythms, but also the tools to start writing your own music. From there we can develop a more concrete lesson plan based on your individual goals as a musician, whether you're interested in songwriting, improvising, advanced techniques or music theory.
In addition to practicing the material covered in each week's lesson I'll often give students small homework assignments, which can range from finding a musical example of a topic we're learning to writing their own chord progressions. I'm very relaxed and easy-going, but I expect students to come to each lesson prepared to work on new material after a quick review of the previous week's lesson.
After a few months of lessons each student will be able to comfortably play several songs from beginning to end, play basic major and minor scales, discuss the basic structural elements of songwriting (verse, chorus, etc) and tell all of their friends how much fun they're having learning to play guitar!
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated teaching studio w/ guitars and amps. There is no waiting area for parents but they are welcome to sit in on lessons. Lots of street parking.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a laptop, lesson-related handouts and staff paper. I expect the student to have their own instrument and basic equipment (picks, spare strings, etc)
*** Specialties *** My college degree is in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on arranging, I specialize in teaching jazz guitar as well as classic rock, hard rock, fingerstyle acoustic and blues.
Elizabeth January 19, 2016
Peter arrived right on time for his first lesson with my daughter and husband, who have decided to learn guitar together. He put them immediately at ease and got started with the basics. They have been learning their first cords and are getting used to playing, and they sound great! We are very excited to continue!
Tim January 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
I enjoy working with Peter his methodology is great and I left my first lesson with some clear objectives to work on for my next lesson.
skip October 12, 2015
Positive, up-beat and knowledgeable. Since I was in Portland on a vacation this was an out of the box lesson which Peter handled graciously to accommodate.
The two and a half hours flew by and sadly it was time to leave. I have been playing the guitar on and off for 40 yrs. and had many teachers along the way.
I would consider Peter to be the best well rounded instructor I have had.
I've performed and recorded on bass in many bands in Eugene and Portland, OR. As well as worked as a studio musician in many studios.
My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.
nt on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008! Additionally, I work for a Record Label in Portland, "PJCE Records", and have real life experience with production, press releases and booking through the west coast and mid-west.
In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.
Look forward to hearing from you!
*** Lesson Details *** I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.
If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.
*** Specialties *** I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berklee School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!
Gail February 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Kyle was great. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Thinks outside the box and taught me about the underlying structure of music in one lesson that will help me break out of "just taking lessons" to being able to improvise, understand the keyboard and enjoy playing. Just the kind of teacher I was looking for!
Cameron K. January 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Awesome teacher! Skillful at teaching music theory and vocal technique. Easy-going personality. Couldn't give him a higher recommendation.
Tal R. August 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle is an incredible teacher. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, relaxed, and challenging. His passion is infectious, especially when delving into music theory. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get a fuller, deeper understanding of music and how it works.
***IN PERSON LESSON for true hands on experience!!!*** ****EXCELLENT for SPECIAL NEEDS of ALL AGES and Learning challenges.*** Specialty: Teaching kids to love music!*** Playing Booming Bass guitar is Fun and Easy, I play ROCK, POP, JAZZ and BLUES BASS GUITAR and can make it fun and easy for your kid. If you want to learn WITH YOUR STUDENT, I can accomodated that. Drums, Keyboards, Piano and Guitar are also available for fun and learning in the studio! I even let the students perform their best materials at recitals and public shows, several times a year! ***ALL LESSONS have the ability to record their material in the IN HOUSE STUDIO*** Take home your music to share! YOU CAN'T DO THAT in ONLINE LESSONS!
EMMY AWARD WINNING TEACHER - Making Music Fun for Kids and Easy on the parents!
I teach all kinds of instruments: -guitar, bass, piano, voice, drums, woodwinds, ukulele, mandolin and all kinds of music: -classical, pop, rock, country, reggae, blues, jazz to all kinds of kids: -big kids, little kids, kids who climb on rocks!
My first objective is to make kids love music and to make lessons easy for parents to oversee and easy for kids to make progress!
Playing acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums
, I majored in Flute and Voice at University of Florida School of Music and have spent my life immersed in and obsessed by the world of music. Performing, recording, teaching, producing, and still... LEARNING!
I teach lessons and classes full time, and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and community service. My students often accompany me!
Having toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and self produced 10 CDs, Jane Y. has 2 EMMY AWARDS for soundtrack music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, (PBS Nature Documentaries.) They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.
*** Studio Equipment *** STORY AND CLARK PIANO Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez brands Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars. Crate Acoustic Amp and Roland Cube Electric Guitar Amp. Line 6 guitar amp. 2 Ibanez Electric Bass Guitars, Gallien Kruger 100w bass amp, Line 6 bass amp Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier. Roland D-50 Synthesizer Keyboard Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard Peavey KB 60 Keyboard amp Peavey KB 2 Keyboard amp Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard Djembe hand drum, tambourine, shakers, Alesis Drum Machine. Yamaha Stage Custom 5 piece drum set. Yamaha DP series 6 piece drum set. Full Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems, 2 iBooks, Macbook and MacBook Pro, and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software. Presonus Recording Studio interface, software and hardware. Garage Band and Audio box USB interface Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device. Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones. Shure, Audio Technica and Audix Performance Microphones, ADK vocal and studio condenser microphones. Flute, Clarinet, All sizes of Recorders Violin Autoharp Harmonica Onkyo 100w Professional Stereo Amplifier with Magnovox and Technics Surround Sound speaker. iPod 4, iPod 5, iPhone 5 (teaching app devices) Djembe (hand drum)
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons start with learning the names of notes, how to read music, a bit of music theory (time signature, sharps and flats) and how this translates to the instrument the child chooses. All instruments are taught by fingering first and then musical notes second. It is easier for the child this way, and he/she can be playing a song with both hands by the end of first lesson.
As the child learns the beginning steps of reading and implementing music, I encourage them to tell me what songs they like, and then try to find an easy one to start with.
So that while we are learning "real music" we are also having fun with a piece that your child enjoys and has "CHOSEN".
This way they have some discipline AND some fun!
As pieces are mastered, the same pieces can be redone on different, more difficult levels, so that pieces are always growing and improving.
Eventually the student can read music competently on the instrument, as well as hear and play by ear.
At higher levels I teach the ability to improvise and read music and chord charts in order to play professionally with other musicians. I also encourage students to get with other students and friends to have music "sessions." They can bring their musical friends to lesson to help learn songs for TALENT SHOWS or CHURCH or what ever their immediate needs or desires are. I can also record "Karaoke" tracks for songs they write or want to sing for talent shows/ auditions.
All lessons are custom designed for the student's abilities, tastes and goals. ALL LESSONS ARE DESIGNED TO BE FUN, and ENJOYED BY THE STUDENT as well as the instructor. I want both of us to have a great time in lesson and learn while we do.
Once a student becomes proficient at reading and playing the instrument, they are invited to be a part of the HUMMINGBIRD BAND which does regular performances at local retirement homes and other local events and festivals. Bi Annual student recitals are also held at a local retirement home with a grand piano and Recital room.
*** Travel Equipment *** The Student is expected to bring a three ring binder to lessons, to hold all lesson materials, as well as any other required Instruction Books. Sheets will be provided with sheet protectors for your binder. String instrument and woodwind students are required to bring own instruments. All Amps provided Drum and Piano students are not required to bring any instruments or sticks to lesson, only binders.
JOHN THOMPSON MODERN COURSE FOR PIANO: First grade book $7 JR HANON for the Piano: Complete book 1 and excerpts from Book 2&3 $9 Hal Leonard Guitar Method COMPLETE EDITION (Books 1, 2 and 3) in one volume $15 Hal Leonard Bass Method $10
Please have new strings on guitars before the first lesson. Or bring $5 for replacement steel strings. Classical and electric to be done by music store in advance.
Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories, and a hungry student cannot focus.
FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Hepa Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio and home.
This is a SHOES OFF studio, please and thanks!
*** Specialties *** FUN SONGS! Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country! Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!
Jimmy November 11, 2015
With three years training with her on piano, guitar and drums, I can say that I have a pretty good merit to judge Jane. She's honest and brazen, loud and proud, but most of all, if you stick with her long enough, more than just a guitar teacher or whatever. With three years spent with Jane, I made a friend. So, if you want your kid to go to lessons, come home and not have an experience, Jane is not for you. If you want your kid to have another person caring for them each and everyday, and learn some bass on the side, I would highly recommend Jane Yii to you.
Sydney P. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
With one kid on drums and the other on the piano and Mom and Dad joining in, our family looks forward to playing music together. Jane was great for the first time lesson jitters and had her on drums to find the beat too!
Ayden P. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jane was awesome! She had the entire family playing music together and now my son AND husband are playing drums together. Looking forward to playing as a family and finding joy and bonding in music.
Students can expect interactive and tailored lesson plans that take into account their experience and the direction they would like to take their bass playing based around studying the great bass players that came before us.
My name is Ciaran, I'm an upright and electric bassist for the U.S. Army and play in various groups around the Portland area. I've competed nationally in Jazz combo and Big Band, and have experience in many other genres including rock, funk and classical.
Lessons will begin with basic technique then we will move on to groove, time, theory and improvisation. I believe in teaching around emulation of the bass players that came before to build a strong foundation from which you can make the instrument your own, and who doesn't want to be able to play like their idols? The bass is a wonderful i
nstrument and learning it will be a fun and immensely rewarding experience. I look forward to passing on everything I know!
DON'T JUST PLAY THE BASS, PLAY MUSIC! I've taught bass for over 10 years, and my goal is to get people playing music, jamming, and having fun as soon as possible. For me the student always comes first! Music should be a personal thing, and everyone learns differently. I completely alter my lesson plans depending on what you want from lessons. I'm comfortable teaching all skill levels, ages, techniques, styles, and theory on bass!
JUST STARTING BASS AND WANT TO JAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?
KNOW THE BASICS AND KNOW SOME SONGS, BUT FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PLAYING MUSIC?
HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING FOR A WHILE BUT FEEL STUCK AND ARE ARE READY TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
Then I'm your guy! My name is Zach. For me, the student comes first. My lessons are completely subjective, molding what we discuss to what you need/want! Bass is an exciting and important instrument. I've been teaching and playing bass professionally for over 10 years. I've been fortunate to study with many great pl
ayers (including Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, and more). I've played all around the country at festivals and venues. I'm comfortable teaching all skill levels, ages, and styles. My focus is on improvisation and groove based music (funk, jazz, fusion, etc). I'm also comfortable with all techniques and topics of music theory. Everyone has something to offer musically, so let's start jamming!
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Review by Eva
"Frank is a great bass teacher. It's a real blessing to me that he is a worship leader since I play at church. Along with teaching me the basics, he helps
me with specifics on songs I will be playing at church. He's also very nice! I highly recommend him!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Robin
"Great dude, even greater Teacher.
I have only had Jacob for 3 lessons so far and I have already seen a massive improvement in my technique and knowledge
of the bass guitar. Jacob is great at using the musical knowledge I already posses and translating that towards bass performance. So far every lesson has covered tons of ground, and he offers a great rate for a 1 hour lesson! He even did the first lesson for free!
Jacob is very good at communicating ideas and is totally open to questions so I never feel self-conscious about my own skill. And during the lesson it is very clear Jacob really wants to help you GET BETTER, not GET THROUGH the lesson, which is what I have sometimes experienced with other teachers. I guess I should also mention Jacob is a fantastic bass player and tons of experience in several bands and genres. I am so glad I ended having Jacob as my teacher and I am really excited to see where my skills are at in just a few months!
Seriously, PICK THIS GUY!"
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Melvin
"A Great Musician and Bass Guitar Instructor!
Jon is one of the best instructor's I've come to know. Although I've only been taking lessons from him since
February 2013; he has proven to be a true musician and a great teacher. His teaching style is relaxed which removes the pressure from learning how to play which allows you to absorb more instruction. He instills confidence in you while you're trying to play the instrument which motivates you to want to learn more. We even have a "jam" session at the end of my lesson which is really fun. I enjoy taking lessons from Jon and am sure that every who does (and plan to) share the same feeling. Good job Jon!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Ryan M
"I have had one lesson so far with Julio and he was a good pick as an instructor. He is patient, nice and instructs based on the way you learn. He was also
a nice guest (he pushed his chair back under the table!). I look forward to continue working with him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon
"Dwight is the best teacher I have worked with ever! He teaches his students how to play the instrument, and he teaches at a good pace for you. Dwight is
a dynamite bass player, and he knows theory so that is a tremendous combination. I seen him play the piano, drums, and guitar and he is excellent at those instruments.
The other thing that i like about Dwight is that he push his students. As a guitar player, it is important that students push there fingers to try new things. Dwight lets his students step outside of the pocket with solos and we can improv based off of what we know.
Dwight is very patient, and he never gets frustrated or angry when you mess up. I have a number of occasions when i mess up. It is either because i am nervous or my fingers get crossed up. But, he is very professional and he wants the best for his students. I highly recommend that you sign up for Dwight right after your finished looking at this review. I promise you won't regret it.
DWIGHT YOU ARE THE MAN!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Bill
"Ryan is a stellar musician, both as a performer and a teacher. In addition to teaching bass, he can give lessons on drums, guitar and piano as well.
e began playing drums at the age of 8. His teacher, Art Rodriguez (Manhattan Transfer, Larsen Feiten Band) remarked that "Ryan has excellent time". A few years later Ryan picked up the bass, and has made that his principal instrument ever since.
His rapport with students is excellent. They not only learn to play but have an enjoyable time while doing so."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Raphael
"Mr. Ethan, phenomenal in teaching techniques, very knowledgable and a great personality. This gut has chopssssss."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Greg
"Great teacher, inciteful and inspired. I left my lessons excited and knowing I was making lots of progress. I can't wait until the next lesson!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Angie
"Dustin Newbold began teaching my son guitar lessons when my son was 10 years old and continued for the past 6 years. He taught him to play the electric gu
itar, the acoustic and then the bass guitar. Dustin taught him tabs, chords and reading music. He became affluent in each of them.
My daughter began taking violin lessons with Dustin and then took trumpet lessons. She progressed so much in such a short amount of time.
Dustin has a tremendous love for music and is such a talented musician. His love for music is apparent and quickly spread to both of my children. He chooses music that they like to play and that keeps their interest and causes them to practice without prompting. I have always been amazed at how quickly they advanced with their talent and knowledge and how much they enjoyed going to their lessons. My only regret is that he moved away from our area. I would highly recommend Dustin Newbold to anyone of any age seeking to begin learning a musical instrument or advancing in their own personal knowledge."
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