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About Marcus B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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!
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I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar.

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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
Verified Student · Upright Bass · In home
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
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
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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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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
Verified Student · Upright Bass · Online
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
Verified Student · Upright Bass · Online
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
Verified Student · Upright Bass · Online
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.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Ryan G.

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I played 4 gigs this year at Soho House in West Hollywood. I have played over 250 gigs in my life on the instrument and most of them have been on upright bass. After studying with John Patitucci, and subbing on the occasional gig for Grammy winning bassist, I am happy to pass on what I have learned. (Plus I play piano, so we can jam at the end!)

About Ryan
Hi! My name is Ryan. I was born in the SF Bay Area, and started writing music at age 8. At age 12 I went to the recording studio for the first time and fell in love! I have a formal music education from the City College of New York in jazz performance. During my time at CCNY, I held down a weekly gig at the now defunct St. Nick's Pub in Harlem, where I was fortunate enough to perform with and watch many musical greats, including Arlene Talley (Isley Brothers), Dennis Davis (Stevie Wonder, David Bowie), the Gregory Porter band (2014 Grammy winners). Since then, I have written and recorded for G
rammy winning singer Maya Azucena, written and produced music for shows on TVone, Bravo; and music for a Sundance Film Festival selection as well as other films including a 2016 LA Film Fest selection. I have performed over 250 gigs in my 28 years, and I live and breathe all music. As someone who initially was opposed to taking lessons as a child, my approach revolves around making sure that we ENJOY the process of improving!

For more on me, check out my website @

www.ryangordoncomposer.com
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Andrea February 7, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Ryan for about 6 months and my experience has been really fun! He is encouraging and keeps me motivated by showing me how "wrong notes" can be translated into creative melodies. I would highly recommend Ryan as a teacher!
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Ryan G.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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About Kellen H.

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Santa Monica, CA

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I have studied upright bass for 20 years. I am classically trained and studied under Barry Lieberman, former assistant principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I went on to study jazz at the prestigious William Paterson University. I then spent the next 13 years gigging and teaching in a variety of situations in New York City and now Los Angeles. I have played a full spectrum of music on the upright and love to impart that knowledge to my students!

About Kellen
I believe this is a great time to be a musician. I have come of age as a musician in a time when music making and the music industry have shifted dramatically. There are many positives in this shift, with new oppurtinites opening up for musicians. I also see these changes not being addressed in music education. There are many things I wish I would've been taught when I was younger that would have accelerated my growth, and I love using that knowledge to accelerate my student's growth. I teach tonal harmony (as you'd learn in music school), focus on groove and rhythm (which is commonly neg
lected in music school), and an awareness of new technology (which was ignored when I was in music school). I believe because no matter which direction you are coming from, you will come to this intersection making music in this era.
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Sylvia March 7, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher! Kellen has made me really excited about the guitar again.
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Jon March 2, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Kellen is a great instructor. He explains musical ideas in an way that I qet quickly. I'll show him a song and he'll pick it up and teach it to me right away. I would definitely recommend him!
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had been playing guitar for a while, mostly learning songs and chord changes on my own. I wanted to take lessons to work on composing my own songs, and this is where Kellen really helped me. He had a lot of ideas and suggestions that were really helpful in trying to create a unique composing style. He's a trained musician, and it shows when he helps me with music theory and exposing me to lots of different styles of music.
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Kellen H.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About Carla C.

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Tujunga, CA

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I have been playing Upright bass for 18 years, and started my career with the bass while still in college teaching and freelancing. I primarily play in orchestral settings, in small string groups, orchestra pits, and larger orchestras such as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the New West Symphony. I have played bass in big bands, as well as played and sang in folk groups. I have had years of formal arco training and could help you improve this if you want. Bass is my passion, and it brings me great joy to share my passion with inquiring minds. With my instruction, you will have all you need to get rolling, or get better at what you already know and conquer your goals as a musician and steady bassist. It's all about that bass so lets make it happen!!!

About Carla
I have been teaching music and playing live for over 15 years professionally. I teach students how to learn on their own and practice efficiently. I can teach you how to simply play well enough to lead a campfire singalong, or to audition for college, or a potential job. Lessons catered to students learning styles, goals and needs. Patient and fun for kids or adults. Lets make some music!!
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Justin January 13, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Carla was my very first bass instructor over 20 years ago. As a teenager I remember being so in awe of her skill on the guitar and the stringed instrument and her knowledge of music as a whole.
Watching and listening to her play was one of the main reasons I first decided I wanted to play in a band and she took me from an absolute beginner who knew nothing, to being able to jam with people, rehearse with a band, and even to playing on stage.
Carla's teaching and passion for music was so influential for me and really laid the foundation for what would lead me through several different band opportunities from original music to cover bands and all sorts of styles of music. Music has been and will always be a passion and a hobby of mine but also has been a source of income and all of that is only possible because of Carla. I am so grateful and whenever someone asks how I got started playing bass I always mention my awesome neighbor who lived down the street and taught me so much of what I know about music.
I highly recommend taking lessons from this true professional, incredibly talented musician, and genuinely good person who strives to impact people and the world around her. She's definitely one of the best!
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K.C. January 3, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
There are teachers who teach the skills and techniques needed to learn and master an instrument, and then there are those that live, breathe and passionately pursue an understanding of an instrument: it's history, it's purpose, it's boundaries, and beyond. Carla is most assuredly the latter, and lives her life in pursuit of consistently bettering herself and those around her musically, but also emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Carla's ability to embrace music, beyond her mind, but into her soul allows her to pass along instruction and teaching that goes beyond mere knowledge, and delves into the heart and power of music's ability to move us in ways so far deeper than "enjoying it."

With so much extensive professional experience, and a full pursuit of life, health and wellness, there is no better teacher you could consider. I recommend Carla, without reservation, to anyone considering any of the many instruments she's so proficient in.

Thank you, Carla, for changing my life through music!
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Carla C.

Carla C.

Tujunga, CA 91042
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$50 / 45-min

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