Classical, jazz, rock, sight reading, ear training, music theory, improv, scales/arpeggio training.
I've been performing and educating on the upright bass for years. It's the instrument through which I meet most of my students and get most of my gigs. The upright bass is a very challenging instrument to learn, but based on the success of my students and the impact the instrument has had on my life, I consider it a worthwhile journey. I was the principal bassist in the Orchestra and Jazz bands at my alma mater, and am happy to help students develop their technique, time, groove, bowing technique, intonation, tone, and note choice. I combine a mixture of classical and jazz approached teaching to help my students comprehend and appreciate the diversity of music that the upright bass allows them to explore.
I hold a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and can teach you everything you need to know about the bass! My wife and I teach music out of our home studio located in West Portland which is the perfect place for lessons.
For Classical Bass players, I can help you improve your intonation, develop solid bowing technique, develop your pizzicato (plucking) technique, and improve any excerpts, sonatas, and concertos you are working on.
For Blues, Jazz, and Bluegrass players, I can help you improve your plucking technique, your stamina on the instrument, and your overall knowledge of how to create basslines in the moment and show off to your band-mates!
I want to work with you on the music you love to listen to and to play. We'll work together to learn the techniques that you need to be able to play your favorite music. We'll design a practice routine that will both allow you to grow as a musician while still having fun and working with your schedule and commitment level.
I also believe that performing with others is crucial for anyone's development as a musician, and also is the most fun thing you can do, and will help you find other musicians to play with and help you book your first gigs!
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