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Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA

Acoustic Upright Bass is one of the most satisfying instruments to play. Smart, yet sensual the bass provides the link between rhythm and harmony, subtlety and physicality. Learn to groove and sing with one of the best instruments!

Work on Jazz, Classical contra bass, folk, popular and country styles.
For technique I teach Simandl method, as well as more contemporary extended.
I specialize in jazz bass playing; improvisation, groove, and tone.
Also love working on classical music, from orchestral music, chamber music, and solo bass.
Also work on country and folk styles.

About Marcus

I love playing music, and I've spent my whole life doing it. I am very passionate about sharing my love and deep knowledge of music with others.
Let's figure out how you can express your self and learn a great skill through the language of music!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar.

Long Version:
Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertw
ined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. Marcus received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz Bass from California Institute of the Arts. At Cal Arts Marcus had the honor of studying under world renowned jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera, and Larry Koonse. He has also studied classical contrabass with Peter Rofe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and participated in the Cal Arts orchestra under the direction of renowned contemporary violinist Mark Menzies. Marcus has had an extensive and eclectic professional performing career, performing in touring rock bands, contemporary jazz ensembles, jazz big bands, salsa bands, musical pit orchestras, and american folk and country bands. He currently performs around Los Angels in multiple bands in addition to freelance work. Marcus began teaching private lessons and ensemble coaching in 2010. He has taught ages 6-adult at schools, community centers, and music studios.
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Mark Achuff September 8, 2015
Upright Bass · In home
Verified Student
Marcus is a great player and good listener on my questions. It's joy to collaborate with Marcus on projects.
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Diana R. September 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am so thankful to have found Marcus as my bass instructor; he is the exact type of teacher I was looking for. His training and love for music were evident upon first meeting him. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons. He is a very patient and passionate teacher.
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Tyler W. June 17, 2013
Bass Guitar
All around wonderful teacher

Marcus is quite the gifted teacher. By far the best I've had the pleasure to aspire under. He is very easy to understand, and doesn't overwhelm you, taking time on the little things (the most important). He creates an atmosphere that is encouraging to learn in. We all know those teachers that create a stressful environment that inhibits progressive learning, as well as frustration in yourself. Marcus is certainly the opposite. He is also quite easy to communicate with--Creating lesson plans, setting goals, etc... In summation, a professional and a friend I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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Marcus B.

Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA

Jazz or classical

About Dr. Norman

I am a professional bass player who has worked on hundreds of recordings and has performed with many symphony orchestras worldwide.

I have a Doctorate in Composition and have taught many students in both orchestration and composition.

Please read my reviews for student feedback.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Dr. Norman L.

Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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$30 / 30-min
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Max K.

Los Angeles, CA

My students will learn intonation--time--bow technique--jazz imrovisation--orchestral playing--upright bass is my PRIMARY instrument. I have helped my students pass auditions for select jazz bands and orchestras at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as college prep programs and camps. I am a classically trained bassist and my performance career has taken me from renowned jazz clubs in Philadelphia and New York to Amsterdam and Berlin to playing in orchestras at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall.

About Max

I am 24 years old, a Philadelphia, PA native now living in Los Angeles who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music.

I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University and am earning my Master's at USC Thornton. I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed
. Since 2010, I have taught private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.

My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.

***Lesson Details***
I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.

***Studio Equipment***
Gallien Krueger "Microbass" 150 watt bass amplifier
Fender P Bass Deluxe
Juzek Upright Bass
Stereo, records, CDs and recording capabilities

***Travel Equipment***
Upright & bass guitar
JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings
ZOOM stereo recording device
Pencils/manuscript paper

***Performance Experience***

Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)

Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis
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Ray September 30, 2015
Upright Bass · In home
Max was able to step in and make an immediate difference in the quality of my daughter's bass playing. He is patient, methodical, and very encouraging. I highly recommend Max.
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Peter M. September 2, 2015
Upright Bass · In home
Verified Student
After the first lesson, it's clear that Max is a great player and really attuned to helping me achieve my goals on the bass. I'm really excited to study with him!
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Laura L. June 24, 2015
Ear Training · In studio
Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!
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Max K.

Max K.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Charlie C.

Newhall, CA

I have a masters in double bass performance. I have performed in orchestras, jazz bands, and solo recitals across the country.

About Charlie

Charlie Carswell is a classical bassist, composer, and arranger.

An experienced classical and contemporary musician, Charlie has performed at events such as the West Coast Premiere of Sila by John Luther Adams (Ojai Festival), and with ensembles including the Center Stage Opera, Santa Monica Symphony, and Symphonia Pasadena.

His formal education started at Interlochen Arts Academy at age 13 and continued at the University of North Texas, during which time he began to play professionally with the Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony. He then relocated to Lo
s Angeles to earn his MFA at California Institute of Arts, under instruction from Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darek Oles (Brad Mehldau), and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick.

He is a frequent performer of new music, and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
Upright Bass · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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Charlie C.

Charlie C.

Newhall, CA 91321
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Cindy H.

Arcadia, CA

I started to learn double bass since third grade in elementary school, now is a doctoral candidate in double bass performance. Experienced double bass teacher. I offer personalized curriculum to each students.

About Cindy

I began my musical training on piano at the age of 5, double bass at age 8, and flute at age 12. I grew up in Taiwan, came back to the States for graduate school. Students can expect to learn to play music from a experienced teacher, I customized the lesson and repertoire to each student according to their level, personality and interest, we will have fun and making music together!
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Cindy H.

Cindy H.

Arcadia, CA 91007
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$35 / 30-min

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