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 14 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.
Kelley G. August 4, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have taken guitar lessons from Peter for a year and a half now, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to any child - or adult, like me - for the highest quality music lessons!
When I researched the TakeLessons website (and others), I looked for an instructor with a strong music background and saw that Peter had a degree in Jazz Studies and Composition from University of Oregon. He has been teaching for a number of years now, and can teach any style of music, including classical. He incorporates music theory into each lesson - very important if you want to learn how to play, improvise or write music. For those students who want to perform, Peter has lots of experience in that arena too, regularly touring with his band and teaming up with other musicians as well.
Peter's an enthusiastic teacher who takes his lessons seriously, and it is absolutely evident how much he loves music. He's exceedingly patient and supportive, and always gives plenty of positive feedback. He taught me how to practice properly, which doesn't mean playing a piece over and over, but rather breaking it down into sections - or even a measure or two - in order to perfect an awkward chord change or erratic rhythm. But perhaps most important is that he doesn't rush through the lesson; he makes certain you understand a technical point, or makes sure you're able to play a finger exercise correctly before he moves on to the next thing.
I've had numerous music instructors over the years in elementary, high school, college and beyond and Peter is without question one of the best teachers I've ever had. He's an incredible musician and a superb instructor. And a pretty terrific human being as well!
david G. February 18, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Peter's a good teacher, smiling in the face of terrible, broken chords! The lessons are really enjoyable. Peter picks a suitable selection of music where each new piece builds on the past progress. I would recommend him to anyone.
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!
Bridget S. September 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
Kyle knows his stuff, for sure, and might be a great teacher for older teens and adults who can hold their own with him, but he wasn't a fit for my younger children. He has a sarcastic edge to him and my girls were snapped at and mocked for not knowing the answers to his questions at their first lessons.
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.
Kathy G. August 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I and my daughter have only had our first lesson with Kyle, but we found him very enthusiastic, easy to work with, and left excited to achieve the plan he laid out for us.
***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!
A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.
Having toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and self produced 10 CDs, I have 3 EMMY AWARDS for soundtrack music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.
Playing acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guita
r, 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.
I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music, and have toured as a solo act, duo - CecilyJane (5 years), and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ (8 years.)
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!
*** 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.
*** 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 5 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 Nose Flute Onkyo 100w Professional Stereo Amplifier with Magnovox and Technics Surround Sound speaker. iPod 4, iPod 5, iPhone 5 (teaching app devices)
*** 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!
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.
Wanda R. September 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jane is a caring person who wants to share her love of music with others. She goes above and beyond any expectations anyone could have of a music teacher. When my son and I needed help knowing what kind of guitar and piano to buy, Jane met us at Music World to help fit the guitar and find a piano that would best fit our needs. She did this free of charge out of the kindness of her heart.
Jane doesn’t teach music for the money. She teaches it because she loves sharing the love of music with her students. One thing I love about Jane is she follows my son’s interest. We originally signed up for guitar lessons; but my son couldn’t help but fall in love with her drums in her studio. We now have a drum set, an electric piano, electric guitar, ukulele, and a guitar all set up in his room. He goes through phases of what he wants to play. He enjoys all the instruments and I love that Jane knows how to teach all the instruments.
When his friends come over they have a blast. I thought the drums would be the death of me, but I love listening to him play. When I hear those loud drums I know he is having the time of his life. He isn’t sitting in his room staring at a screen playing video games. He’s making music and he’s using his brain.
Jane is so good at making changes and engaging my son. She is patient and observant. She reads kids like she reads music. She knows when she needs to change things up to keep my son interested. She’s an amazing teacher and I feel so blessed to have her in our lives.
She gives my son confidence and builds him up and shows him how talented he truly is. It brings tears to my eyes to hear him play, tears of joy and happiness. We couldn’t have found a better teacher.
Stuart C. Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music Composition and Guitar Performance I am a guitarist and songwriter currently living in Oregon. I graduated from Western Oregon University majoring in music, specifically pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music with a dual emphasis in composition/songwriting and guitar performance. I played with the Singer/Songwriter combo for most all of my college career, and emerged as one of its most valuable members. I have studied guitar with Christopher Woitach, and I have studied Composition with Bill Whit
ley, Kevin Walczyk, Adam Bates and Christopher Woitach. I have played and studied many different styles of music, ranging from Country, Bluegrass and Folk to Rock, Blues, R&B, and many more. I have arranged songs from professionals and my peers alike. I also have written and co-written dozens of songs. I taught with the American Guitar Academy, where I honed my skills as a teacher. I have taught people from all walks of life, all ages and skill levels. I love teaching and helping people reach their goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to start lessons off by getting to know my student. I like to know what kind of music they like and what they want to play. I really want to know who I am teaching. I use a building block teaching style, where everything you learn builds upon or compliments the previous skill. The most important part of lessons is the practicing you do in between each lesson, but you might not have to practice as much as you think. Within 6 months, you will learn all the basic chords, rhythms, and scales. You will also learn all the theory behind them, meaning you will know how they are constructed, how they interact and most importantly how to use them. I teach with practicality in mind - if you won't use it, you won't learn it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate Music Studio: guitar, bass, amps, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my guitar, and teaching materials. I expect the student to have an instrument.
*** Specialties *** Guitar - singer/songwriter, rock, blues, indie rock, punk, limited Jazz.
Composition - Contemporary Concert Music, American Vernacular and Popular songwriting.
Music Theory - The language and inner workings of music 17th century Counterpoint to Serialism and contemporary composition techniques, orchestration, jazz theory and arranging
Mike G. August 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Stuart is a nice person. Unfortunately, his background is very different from mine.
To the point, musically, his orientation is toward electric guitar. Mine is only acoustic.
Although he pointed out that fretboard theory and practice is the same for both instruments, the practice of playing the acoustic guitar is very different. Perhaps more significant is that Stuart says and shows that he does not have experience teaching an experienced player as myself. I will not continue with Stuart.
Daniel R. June 19, 2014
In home Verified Student
My experience with Stuart is very good.. i got along with Stuart very quickly he is a cool guy and an awesome teacher.. i can say that i have learned a lot from him and i am looking forward to learning even more..
Carla W. May 6, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
I love the online services
Stuart is a great teacher, always encouraging, offering advice. Very reliable. He enjoys what he is teaching and it shows every week when we come for lessons. His home is warm and inviting.
I focus on making my students functioning musicians. Being a bass player is about the whole package: time, harmony, groove, performance capabilities, tone, etc. I like to focus on these things, as well as a fair amount of theory and history so my students can connect to recordings, styles, and important bassists and help find their own sound. While leading students in the direction I think they need to go, I also encourage them to find songs and styles they want to learn to keep them engaged.
I am a bassist, pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter, performer, and band manager studying jazz at the graduate level at Portland State University. I manage various groups that play around the PDX Metro area. I also compose classically, and majored in classical composition and theory at Lewis & Clark College where I earned a B.A. in 2014.
I play jazz, funk, R&B, classical, pop, fusion, and a broad variety of other musical genres on a regular basis. I love teaching music, and am especially passionate about teaching music theory to students, as it provides a solid foundation and understan
ding of the art form which can be applied in various facets throughout an individual's musical journey. In addition to performing and managing groups, I also transcribe and arrange songs on a regular basis, and am very familiar with the notation program Finale. I've written for orchestra, choir, jazz bands, and various other ensembles.
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"Daniel is a excellent instructor. He's very patience, knowledgeable and easy to get along with. I cant wait for our next lesson to learn some more. I trie
d on my own and was going to give up but Daniel has shown me that I can learn to play bass."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
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"I've only had a few lessons, but I'm already impressed with his knowledge and teaching technique."
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"Excellent Bass Guitar Instructor!
Rick has been my son's bass guitar teacher for the last year. We are impressed with his genuine care and concern for ou
r 17 year old son as a person and a bass guitar player. He always works with us and our schedule considering we have to make a 30-40 minute drive across San Antonio for his lessons. We highly recommend Rick for both his great character qualities as well as his guitar instructor expertise!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by willie
"Aaron was a great teacher! I enjoyed how great he was at explaining things to me and he really went at a pace that worked well for me. I think that Aaron
really knows his stuff and it come's out when he teaches his lessons. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Aaron!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Michael
"Very good lesson. Good mix of theory and practical application!!!! Would recommend Jorge to any bass player!!!"
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Chinonye Nwaokelemeh
"Great teacher and very knowledgeable. Laid back but still pushes you beyond your current comfort zone with each lesson. Always felt I learned something ne
w and important each time to help with my development as a beginner bass player!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Chase
"Had a fabulous experience with Dave. He taught my 13 year old son and was very patient and flexible. We had to change dates sometimes and he was very flex
ible...in addition Dave was patient and changed his approach a couple of times to help my son become more interested in bass going forward! Thanks Dave!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Brian
"Working with Hayes has really improved my bass playing, as well as my overall understanding of music theory/stringed instruments. I have a background in g
uitar and I compose music for documentaries, etc., but I wanted to play live shows with a friend’s band, and I wanted to learn as quickly as possible. The cool thing is: I think Hayes has helped me improve, all around, as a musician, and as a composer.
Nice guy, versatile, and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend him!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by lucy
"Sam is a great teacher! I had a few lessons with him and could tell how passionate he is about music. He was very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me a
lot of feedback on how to improve and encouraged me to keep playing. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know."