Despite what TakeLessons says about my location, I can come to you even if you don't live on the East side.
I have an associates degree in music and I have been teaching lessons for more than five years now. I also have two years experience as a substitute teacher. As a substitute, I have taught all grades, all subjects, and I have helped out many kinds of students each with their own way of learning.
Besides teaching, I love learning too. Anytime I have a question I immediately start seeking out the answer. Learning never stops!
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons will be very informative. I have a lot of information to get out all the time. Don't be surprised if something I show you blows you
r mind. I also like to have fun and I'm sure my students do too. There won't be a boring lesson from me.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my acoustic guitar, picks, and tuner and that's really all they need as well. If they do not have an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar with an amplifier is also fine.
I'll occasionally bring my laptop with me to use some music software to assist in my lessons.
I'll always have pens and paper so I can make notes or diagrams if needed.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in many musical genres including rock, ska, punk, progressive, jazz, folk, and more.
Edgar Lopez June 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Just what i needed . Some one to explain and teach me how easy this can be. Good teacher.ROCK ON !
I've been teaching bass guitar for 8 years. The lessons focus on technique, and theory. I customize the curriculum to fit the goals and objectives of each student, while teaching how to play with other musicians and instruments.
My philosophy is to teach the student how and why things work the way they do so that the student can grow creatively.
I've loved music since I was able to walk. When I was 5 or 6, I would listen to my mother's stereo system, with Jim Croce playing on the 8-Track tape deck.....(ok, so I'm aging myself a little bit). I would lay on the floor in between the speakers which were turned inward toward my ears. I could lay there for hours, tapping my toes to "Bad Bad Leroy Brown", "Roller Derby Queen", "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", and many others. I would also listen to the Beatles, Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", and "Revolution" and be completely taken away. I didn't realize it then, but what capti
vated me were the songs that were written to tell stories, and the music that brought the stories to life. As I grew into my early teens, I got into Kiss, Alice Cooper, Rush, Ted Nugent, and Jimi Hendrix. (His version of "All Along the Watch Tower" was much better than Bob Dylan's original version)
During my high school years I got more into Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, because of it's energy, and decided to start learning how to play the bass guitar. As the '80s music scene was going down hill with music from Boy George and Pet Shop Boys, along with so many LA "Hair Bands", I turned off the radio. I would spend hours in record stores picking out albums from my favorites, and would go see them in concert when I could. But when I saw Sammy Hagar during his "Three Lock Box" tour, and Ted Nugent promoting his "Wango Tango" album, I realized that I wanted to be a rock star. I wanted to play guitar with such heart and soul, and write songs that inspired and excited audiences! So I bought my first guitar for $300 at a pawn shop, which was a Gibson Sonex - 180.
After playing bass guitar for the high school jazz band for a couple of years, I wanted to learn more about song writing. I was 17 when I started taking lessons. What I noticed most of all is that my instructors were trying to teach me how to play songs on the guitar, not HOW to play the guitar. I then decided the only way to learn to play the guitar is to figure out the "why" of chords, and scales, and why certain tones when payed together instill a certain emotion when heard. This way, when someone asked if I could play guitar, I could honestly say, "Yes". I would pick out certain songs to learn as a study reference, and then figure out different ways of playing them. I only wanted to play the guitar so that I could play my own creations, or improvise with a band.
In my college years, I lived in Switzerland, studying the hotel business. During my off days, I would take my guitar out into the town, and play for extra money. It was a great experience, and a way to meet a lot of different people from around the world!
Ok...enough of the biography. When I got back to the states, I decided the hotel business was not for me, and went in search of my calling. I started going to the community college, and discovered I wanted to become a music teacher! I was working full time in sales, selling telephone systems to businesses, and going to school at night. I learned the art of public speaking, and giving presentations. I gained teaching experience through giving sales training seminars, and through teaching martial arts. (I was a 2nd degree Black Belt of Aikido at the time)
As the years past, I joined the contemporary praise and worship band at my church, which allowed me to play in a band in front of an audience. I was also recruited into a local band called Covenant, formed by a couple of people from my church. Over 10 years, we toured and we recorded 2 Cd's and a live video concert!
I was still in the career of Telecommunications sales, but then the bottom dropped out of the economy, and I got layed off for the 3rd time in 2 years. So, I decided to change my career direction. I opened up my teaching practice full time, and developed a special curriculum that can be tailored to fit the individual students' personal goals, and learning ability! I've been teaching for over 16 years now, and specifically music for almost 5 years. I've taught beginners, intermediates, and advanced students from the ages of 7 to 65. My favorite students are the ones that have the desire to play. and dedication to practice.
*** Lesson Details *** Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and Bass Guitar Lessons.
BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED *Music Theory *Techniques for playing solos, and other fun stuff *Songwriting *How to learn to play songs
I cover various music styles: Classic Rock / Heavy Metal / Blues / Country / Jazz / Classical / Folk / Praise - Worship
Customized Lessons: The customized lesson curricula are provided to fit the exact learning style of the student. I specialize in working with all student types; lefty, righty, beginner, intermediate, or the pro that is trying to learn something new. The focus is on how to play the instrument, and how to apply music theory to create music, not just learning songs. The first lesson is a brief interview between the student and teacher to customize the lesson plan. The second lesson focuses on goal setting and how to have a productive practice. Then the lesson plan is designed, and I create a personalized lesson binder for the student with the course material for the first year, along with the practice guides to go with each lesson.
*** Studio Equipment *** 12x14 studio / music room: 36 guitars, amps, basses, computer, recording software, and a comfortable chair for the parent who wants to accompany the younger students.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide each student with their own personalized binder with the lesson program, and practice items. I also provide music stands. If the student doesn't have their gear yet, I can offer my expertise in finding the right instrument / equipment to fit the student.
*** Specialties *** I focus on teaching how to play the instrument, and use songs as study guides or references for the music theory part of my lessons. The genres that I cover are Classical, Folk, Country, Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, and Jazz. I teach fingerpicking, and standard picking styles, as well as intermediate and advanced techniques. The foundation of my method revolves around inspiring creativity, and how to present emotion in the music.
Anandi S. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My son started lessons when he was 8 on acoustic guitar. I randomly chose a teacher and was hoping for a teacher who could be patient yet firm and be able to inspire my son. Mr Carter is the best teacher I could have asked for - he is all that and more. Quite often, I listen to the teacher and student conversation with admiration as they are discussing ideas and Mr. Carter's openness to receiving ideas on a tune or what Ashwin wants to learn. The frank and open discussion results in motivating the young student as they feel a sense of importance and builds confidence (sometimes too much!). At the same time, when the situation calls for it, Mr. Carter is firm and points out when Ashwin hasn't practiced or not done well and that pushes him to do better. I look forward to many years ahead.
Chinelo A. December 22, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Carter is a great teacher! I love how he gives a worksheet to follow by that helps to understand everything. He's easygoing and awesome! I love his guitar collection! I can't wait for my next lesson!
Raul P. January 16, 2013 Verified Student
Great way to learn guitar.
He is exactly the teacher that I was looking for during years.
New student instruction in the fundamentals of learning the notes on the first five frets, developing flexibility and endurance in both hands, developing timing (playing "in the pocket" and "groove"), the major scale (and relating it to learning licks and patterns), reading rhythms, and learning to play favorite songs. Continuing student instruction includes favorite styles of playing, pentatonic and other scales, and continuation of learning a students favorite songs.
My students range in age from 7 to 70something, including first-timers, elementary through college students, CEO's, engineers, pro football players, chefs, professors, busy moms, and retired folks, I love sharing my passion for music. I've had great success guiding students to not only learn an instrument, but to understand the "why" of what they're doing. Teaching guitar, electric bass and music theory (including the Nashville Number System), my philosophy of instruction can be summed up like this, "Give a man a fish and you've fed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you've fed him for a
Growing up in Louisiana, my earliest musical influences were singing and playing in my father's church choir. From those southern roots, I went on to perform, tour, and record with well-known Contemporary Christian and Country music artists in Nashville, TN. During that time, I toured and performed in all forty-eight contiguous United States, and across Canada and Europe. I have also served as a worship leader and music director for churches in Louisiana, Texas, and California.
I have been playing bass guitar for over 10 years, and been teaching for the past two. It is one of my favorite instruments, and I am well versed in Bluegrass, Gospel, R&B, Funk, Rock, Punk, and Alternative musical styles (to name a few), with some background in Jazz as well. Lessons include theory, note reading, slap-bass, and comping techniques as well as learning different songs.
For more than 10 years, Daniel has maintained a private teaching studio of piano, guitar, bass guitar, and composition students. He has also taught music technology and music theory at Rice University, The Art Institute of Houston, and Collin County Community College.
Daniel encourages students to think deeply, work hard, and earn achievements by concentrating on music that moves them. Lessons will include technique, note reading, varied literature, and theory.
Thanks to his background in classical, jazz, popular, and experimental music, learning music from him will give you a well-round
ed learning experience.
Besides being a musician, he is also known to be a video artist, cartoonist, and origami enthusiast.
I will teach you the formula to find every note on the bass in the first lesson, also teach you note reading, as it is the fastes way to "learn by ear". We will learn the songs you want to learn, and the styles you want to play.
I wish I had taken lessons with my teacher when I first started playing! It would have saved me years of searching for ways to make my playing better! Because we are unique individuals, each of us requires a different catalyst to ignite the fire of learning. It has been my privilege and honor to seek out this mechanism in each student which creates interest in progressive learning on their instrument of choice. I would be happy to multiply your practice time by helping you find more direct ways to accomplish the level of succes you seek.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Robert
"Most Excellent Teacher
I feel very grateful to have found and now be taught by Jesse. Despite my considerable age beyond his, he treats me as a peer and
has kept me on my toes with learning tasks. Further, lessons are actually fun as well as challenging and about once a quarter, we have "band night" where many of his active students come together to socialize and to "jam" together. I've had other teachers in my life (I'm in my 60's) and Jesse is by far the most intelligent, skillful and enthusiastic. My only regret is that I didn't find him sooner."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Wynter
"Derek is an awesome instructor and mentor, and his studio is comfortable and clean. I agree with previous reviewers who said... BOOK HIM NOW!
a broad range of music theory knowledge and can play anything you ask for. He's also amazingly kind and supportive, adapting to the student's needs as you go along rather than adhering to a rigid schedule.
I've been taking bass guitar lessons with Derek for two months and I feel inspired. He always makes me feel like a rock star, while constantly challenging me to take my skills to the next level. I originally debated between two instructors on this site and I'm so glad I made the right choice!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Martin
"It was a pleasure meeting Mitchell, he's a very good instructor. My daughter became very enthusiastic with everything that he taught her in just one hour.
He was very clear with his methods and she understood everything. I recommend him as very good instructor.
-Martin, Adelina and Marlina Carbajal"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Great lesson, my son really enjoyed getting started again with bass. Thank you."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Melvin
"If there was anyway to give John 6 stars I would! John is the best teacher and also a really great guy all around. John is very knowledgeable and I learne
d a lot from my lessons with him. John is a very patient instructor which helped make the lessons better. I would be remiss not to mention his cool cat Mr. Buttons who would often come down just to listen in on our lessons and even the occasional jam session we would have afterwards. Thank you for all that you do John!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Carol
"I am a confident player with his instruction"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by James
"Nathan has help me in understanding the bass. He is a very knowledgeable and has given me good fingering and notes exercises too help me move along. Than
Allentown, PA teacher:
Review by Bart
"Ian was a great teacher. Patient, informative, knowledgeable, flexible and a good communicator. He's good for both practical application and music theor
y so I strongly recommend him."
San Francisco, CA 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."