Learning basic fundamentals, technique, using fingers and a pick. The role of a Bass player in a band, locking in with a drummer, learning connecting lines via arpeggios and scales.
ABOUT MYSELF I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never rea
lly taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of Music and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!
*** Studio Equipment *** amps, cables, tuner.
*** Specialties *** Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs
Bre P. September 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Frank is a great instructor. He teaches using techniques that set his students on a path of ease as lessons get more in-depth. He forsees possible hurdles & provides tips to correct in order to move forward with a feeling of preparedness & confidence.
Michael September 25, 2015
My son has been going to see Frank for over a year now. Frank is awesome teacher and my son has made very good progress. I feel Frank challenges him, and is very patient. He explores different styles of music with him and is open to songs my son wants to play. He has a very laid back personality that is easy to get along with.
Since we go to his studio, and I sit in on the lessons I feel I have learned a lot just by listening. I hear songs played in a different way. I love that my son loves the lessons and has stayed exited to play guitar and I think that is because of Frank.
Geffery Y. September 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Frank really knows music, and Is outstanding at imparting his vast knowledge to his student. His virtuosity on the instrument speaks for itself. He makes lessons quite enjoyable.
Learn multiple styles of bass including Blues, Rock, Country and along with the theory necessary to create your own bass parts.
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.
*** Lesson Details *** Students will experience an
"original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz or other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments
*** Specialties *** Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
Laura L. September 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Patient and yet challenging. Always goes the 2nd mile to be helpful and keep things interesting while concentrating on the building blocks of later competence.
Quannah D. August 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
5 star EASY!!! Richard was a great teacher. I was a beginner Adult who didn't even know how to tune the thing before having lessons with Richard. Super patient to begin with and he really knows his stuff. Now I'm able to play a couple songs and take what he gave me and build from there. I would highly recommend him for anyone.
David Z. July 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable
Anything from beginners to the advanced, I can assist in getting you to play at your full potential in a variety of styles! I also teach upright bass.
I have been involved with music since I was a child and it has been a blessing to be a part of such an awesome art form since day 1. I can get you started on reaching the next level immediately if you take courses with me. Being through many great teachers and programs myself i can assure you I know how to inspire talent within eager students in any age group.
*** Lesson Details *** I plan to mold my teaching curriculum around you! Every student/musician is different and with patient, yet productive and precise determination. I will get you where you need to be (possibly faster than you
thought possible,) Within a few months you will be fluent in reading and the ins and outs of all the notes of the instrument as well as reading and music in general.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand and amplifier if necessary. I do expect a student to own the essentials for practicing purposes. (i.e. lesson book, manuscript paper, tuner, metronome, instrument, etc.)
*** Specialties *** Most of the genres I get called to play are closely jazz/pop related all though I have delved far outside of those boundaries. I believe in being well rounded stylistically to better find your true voice on your given instrument.
Audrey R. June 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Nathan is very patient and willing to show me, an adult student various ways of mastering a technique so I am comfortable with the lesson. 3 lessons down, and I am still excited and committed
Alyssa R. March 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nathan was very Detailed in his explanation and teaching, my daughter felt very comfortable with him.. Can't wait to hear her play a song on her own...
Jewell May 14, 2014
I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and make a living as a professional Bass player- even took piano classes when I got my music degree. Nathan in Downey CA was completely awesome during our piano lessons. I had this ridiculous assumption that I had to always start chromatic and major diatonic scales on piano always on my first finger of either hand- which is apparently not at all actually necessary. Crazy, because that was the biggest blockade to me playing piano for the last 8 years and Nathan blew that ridiculous concept out of my mind. The smallest things that I get in the habit of and somehow that one thing got stuck in my head as the only way to do things. I feel bad for not signing up for lessons, like... 10 years ago. I practiced my scales for about two hours, and they're possibly the most boring thing to play- even for a musician. I feel like they've got some new life breathed into them.
Definitely get a lesson or two with Nathan on that expensive piano you've got sitting around. it's good to note that he explained everything really clearly and the web connection and clarity was great. I could see him being awesome for a young bass guitar student too, as he mentioned he also plays bass.
Music has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old, when my father would record my brother and I singing. I always loved singing and learned many of my favorite songs as a child.
I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade, which has led me all the way to receiving my degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education! I was lucky enough to attend one of the nation's top music schools, The Peabody Institute, and I now work toward my Master's degree at California State University, Long Beach. I have enjoyed performing in everything from big-band-lead to principal trumpet in the orc
hestra, leading brass quintets and brass ensembles, and much more! The trumpet has been a huge passion for as long as I can remember now!
While I was learning songs as a child, I decided I wanted to join a band! Now here we are 10 years later and I've have the fortune of performing as a lead singer in bands across the country, and let me tell you there is no bigger thrill than getting in-front of a crowd full of cheering fans, performing music you love.
I've also been playing the guitar for just under 10 years. Playing the guitar has been both a complete joy, but also a fantastic learning experience. I have been learning songs of my favorite artists and even written my own material,and having the opportunity to immerse myself in my favorite music and create music of my own has taught me so much more about music and being a musician. I hope to impart this experience onto all of my students.
Whether it's trumpet, voice, or guitar, I love all things music and my #1 objective is to for my students to learn how it feels to experience what music REALLY has to offer, so to you reading this, let's make some noise!
*** Lesson Details *** For starters, understand that you're going to have a blast! Within months of working together, I'll have you playing your favorite songs, or feeling prepared for that upcoming audition. I remember what it was like to have second thoughts about auditioning and performance, and I'll make sure those thoughts are a thing of the past for you!
During our lessons, I enjoy addressing the material you have to work on, whether in school or just for your own enjoyment. At the same time, I will present music and materials of my own, and I encourage you to do the same!
I have always enjoyed learning from my students as they have learned from myself, and I could only hope to express how rewarding it is when I see a student of mine progress from week to week and achieve their own goals.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you can be guaranteed we'll make steady progress and we will achieve your goals. Get ready to wow your friends and family!
*** Studio Equipment *** Metronome Post-it Notes Music Stand(s) Chairs Computer/Internet Keyboard Guitar(s)
*** Travel Equipment *** I would provide utilities including music stand, metronome, some external source of pitch.
I expect the student to bring any and all assigned music/material they wish to work on. The student will also begin the lesson prepared with basic necessities, including a pencil (please, no pens) and all music assigned from prior lesson (if this is a first-lesson, bring any/all music you currently have and/or are working on). Vocal students will bring a bottle of water. Trumpet students will have their own valve oil and mouthpiece (if not originally included with your horn).
*** Specialties *** Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin.
For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will address school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials.
I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing.
Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
Sam B. January 31, 2013 Verified Student
I've been taking lessons with Matt for about 2 months now. Right away it was a very comfortable environment and vibe, which is important, especially as a beginning, aspiring singer. Takes the lessons slow and easy going at first, then jumps into exercises and focuses on directly what style the student is interested in. Very awesome dude, would definitely recommend! Thanks Matt!
CJB July 1, 2012
singing is my life.. :)
Matthew makes a wonderful vocal coach becomes he makes you feel comfortable right away... he also is very passionate about music... and he is very educated in the field of music as well... he is a perfect teacher to give you the right tools and tricks to help you with all your music needs... and that is why he is still my vocal coach!
AnneM1 June 23, 2011
Matt is a talented and versatile instructor and I have learned a lot during my lessons with him. His lesson have just the right balance of learning music theory, practicing existing songs, and learning new music and techniques.
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice... Let's work together...
*** Lesson Details *** We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musi
*** Studio Equipment *** Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.
*** Travel Equipment *** instruments and books needed.
*** Specialties *** mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
Julie Best July 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rodrigo is very musically knowledgable and has great teaching skills.
Joshua N. June 7, 2015
Rodrigo is a great instructor, super knowledgeable and an expert musician. Although he is well versed in may styles, we focus on the theory, technique and culture of the Latin forms. Rodrigo is passionate about his craft but easy going and patient. I always look forward to our sessions and highly recommend him as an instructor.
Frank L. May 27, 2015
Online Verified Student
I had never taken lessons via Skype before, but Rodrigo really did a great job or making the lessons relevant to my interests. He was incredibly knowledgeable and flexible! I would definitely recommend him.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Carlos
"Alex provides very personalized lessons at a very reasonable price. He is patient and very knowledgeable as to the history and theory of music. He is pass
ionate about his craft and it shows through his teaching. Highly recommend !"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Michael
"More then just bass lessons!
I went in to lessons with Peter looking for some review on theory and notation reading but I received much more. When I aske
d for a lesson on a specific subject he addressed exactly what I was looking for, as well as a quick history of the topics that we discussed. The combination of playing the bass, learning music theory, and music history, made these lessons very unique and a lot of fun for me. I would recommend Peter to any musician who likes a well rounded approach to music."
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Brandon
"Patient and adaptive
Eric's a great teacher for first time musicians. I'm about a month in and he's been nothing but responsive and helpful. I came with
a playlist of songs and he immediately picked up on my tastes and adjusted our lessons accordingly."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by John
"I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is need
ed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Great lesson, my son really enjoyed getting started again with bass. Thank you."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by LaRee
"Already in a band!
I started with Rob four months ago. I had taken piano for several years before my mom found Rob. All the instruments Rob offered were
interesting, so I began them all! In this short time, he has enabled me to not only begin new instruments but he also taught me to play with others. My brother takes lessons from Rob as well. Despite having different personalities, Rob teaches us both in a way that makes it fun for each of us. Rob can quickly teach me how to play whatever instrument I need to play for my band that week in whatever key is necessary. I am getting good at it. This week, I transposed easier music for my brother. Rob helped me compose a drum solo for a school program that I cannot wait to play next month."
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Henry
"Excellent musician. Is passionate about his music and students will find this contagious as they learn from this budding master."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Paul
"Slap the bass boy! Nick has so much experience and valuable knowledge of the bass that after just a few lessons I could actually feel myself getting bette
r. He really values all genres of music and is not lying when he says he is experienced in all of them. Through various listening sessions we had, he turned me on to so many great bass players of all genres. Nick is the youngest, but by far the best and most engaging bass teacher I have had so far!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Susan
"Amanda is a phenomenal musician who also happens to be an incredibly dedicated educator. She has so much passion for music and for helping students reach
their potential! When I started taking private lessons with her I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up with practice because of my really busy schedule. Amanda not only helped me to improve my playing but also taught me how to manage my time for efficient practice, always infusing every lesson with her amazing enthusiasm! I'm really happy I found Amanda and I look forward to continuing learning from her: I highly recommend her"