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.
Although guitar is my main instrument, I have also played bass allot professionally over the years. There were times when I actually played more bass than guitar gigs. My focus in the bass lessons in to develop technique, rhythm and knowledge of the bass fingerboard. I can also teach music and chart reading and how to create your own bass lines.
Robert began playing guitar in Houston, Texas at the age of 12. It was not long before he began playing in bands and played his first professional gig at age 17. Robert performed in and around the Houston area for five years before deciding to study music on the college level. He attended the University of North Texas and later attended Musicians Institute. While a student at MI, Robert was given the Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 1991-'92. Robert began teaching at MI in the guitar school (GIT) in 1993. He has played with Bo Diddley, Tim Bogert, Chevy Chase, Floyd Radford, Dea
con Jones, Joe Houston and countless others. He has performed for Buddy Ebson and Chevy Chase and has partied with the Monkees. In addition to playing guitar Robert also plays and teaches bass guitar and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** Robert teaches serious beginners from ages 5-99. He can also help intermediate, advanced students and pro players fine tune their skills and learn to play the music they hear. His laid back but structured approach has helped many of his students over the years become solid musicians and attain their musical goals. Robert uses a combination of his own teaching materials combined with the best of what he has learned over the years studying with countless world class teachers and players. With his over 20 years of teaching experience he is able to synthesize all this knowledge and make it easily accessible to all of his students. Robert teaches a variety of styles which include blues, classic rock, R&B, pop, country and jazz. All lessons are tailored to the individual student's interests and goals. In addition to this Robert makes his lessons fun too!
jim M. May 26, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Great person to work with to achieve your goals.
Frances M. April 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Robert is very professional and dedicated.
Matthew B. April 28, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
At 49 I am an old dog trying to learn a new trick. Robert has been very patient with me and he has been more then accommodating as far as rescheduling lessons for me when I am out of town.
I highly recommend Robert for guitar lessons!!
I have been making a living solely through performing, recording, or teaching music since 2005. I began playing guitar in 7th grade (1994) and have been in bands and performing ever since. In that time I have learned all about the music industry from playing to recording to the business to teaching to running live sound to touring and everything in between and beyond.
I have been fortunate enough to play with many amazing musicians throughout my career. Most notably I was in two bands that had much success. In those bands I was able to open up many shows and festivals with national/plat
inum selling acts. I also made a living touring the US for 7 years as a headliner and/or opening act playing in front of 10’s to 1,000’s of people every night.
My approach to teaching is to find out what the student’s goals are for playing guitar or bass and also what their personality/learning style suits them best. I teach my students whatever style or genre they want to learn. My students range from 8 years old to 70 and from beginner to seasoned pro.
I currently still perform with my band multiple times a week and give lessons daily to support my family. If you are interested in learning how to play guitar or bass then my vast knowledge and experience makes me the perfect teacher for you. I also have references upon request.
Thank you, Anthony P.
*** Lesson Details *** I cover all styles music(rock, reggae, jazz, country, blues, metal, pop, dance, funk, whatever)
I also teach beginners to advanced players not matter what age covering topics such as: technique, chords, arpeggios, song writing, notation, theory, scales, and more
My lessons are in(your)home and range from 30-45-60 minute blocks
Si hablo español también
*** Travel Equipment *** I have all materials needed for our lesson. I even have a guitar or bass the student can use for that lesson but I strongly encourage my students to have their own instrument so they can practice between lessons
This class is perfect for beginners and intermediate students! We will learn techniques, styles and how to craft our tone while studying the history of the bass guitar and the influential musicians who played them.
I started my musical path in a Ballet Studio. I fell in love with the crackle of the vinyl record playing as I learned to listen and dance with the rhythm. My Ballet instructor was impactful. She made learning how to dance a history lesson, a therapy session and most importantly, she made it FUN!
I started playing the guitar when I was nine and took classical lessons until I was seventeen.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had
the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as Vans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.I've been the opening act for Carolyn Wonderland, Maria Taylor, Tsunami Bomb, Tilly and the Wall, Basia Bulat, Rise Against, Strike Anywhere. Anathallo, Cursive, Milton Hopkins, and Pony Up.
When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.
*** Lesson Details *** I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.
My Teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power. Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.
Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.
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Review by Mala
Athena is my son's first music teacher. We are quite impressed with her patience and knowledge of and with teaching music. So much so that if I
can only afford to send my son for another session of Bass I would do so in flash. Whenever I can afford to Athena will definitely be our first choice. She is so entertaining. She made it fun at the show the kids put on. Very lovely person. My son is liking bass because of her. I won't want any other person to teach my son music but Athena. A N D she is trusting! Keep the good work going Athena. TakeLesson do not let her get away from your program. Thanks for introducing her to us."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Juan
"I have been working with Andy for almost 9 months and there's a reason for such longevity. He has proven to be a great mentor,encouraging me to try differ
ent songs and techniques which help me to go beyond what i think i'm able to do. He also shows great concern in teaching musical theory, which he explains with such passion and understanding of the craft that it's impossible not to be inspired by it. Overall, Andy is a magnificent teacher. Reliable, inspiring, passionate and dedicated to what each individual student wants to learn."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Joe
"I consider myself an intermediate bass player. Learning with Alex has increased my knowledge of the fret board and he knows and plays various styles of mu
sic. Which is what I need to increase my vocabulary. He is patient, laid back, fun and a great teacher. He will take the time to make sure you understand what you are playing, give homework, and positive feedback. The only negative thing is that I can't practice in person and all day with Alex. He by far is the best teacher I have ever had. And your crazy if you don't learn alot with this guy!
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tyler
"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, an
d 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."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ginny
Scotty is a excellent teacher. I've been learning bass from him and he is very knowledgeable in everything from the history of music, theor
y, techniques and much more."
Albuquerque, NM teacher:
Review by Doug
"Great students make great teachers!
Nick was my bass student at Columbia College - he also studied with Chuck Webb. He was an excellent student, always m
otivated. punctual, enthusiastic and right on top of all the assignments.
He has turned into a terrific professional player and will make a fantastic bass teacher. He knows the instrument inside out and is an excellent communicator. I highly recommend him to teach you or your child the bass guitar.
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jenny
"Will is the real deal. He's an amazingly talented bass player and he knows how to break down things very easily. I started as a total beginner and by the
third or fourth lesson I was already playing all the major scales and a few songs. He's super nice to work with and makes the lessons fun. Great teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by John
"If anyone is looking to learn how to play bass or improve their skills, check this out! Jon was my teacher for about a year and has helped me IMMENSELY!!
Not only did the learning environment feel completely comfortable and natural, Jon does an excellent job teaching and really cares about your progress. He is one of my greatest inspirations and you'll feel the same once you hear him play!"
Scranton, PA teacher:
Review by Christian
"Jack is a very experienced, patient and inspiring teacher, who always keeps an eye on the bigger picture... lotsa knowledge and swing