Bass is thought of as easier than guitar, but if you believe that you're just not playing the instrument right. The bass is arguably the most important instrument in any kind of music (Jack White doesn't agree with me on this) Every chord has a bunch of matching scales and lines and riffs that every serious bass player should know front to back to be able to carry a good band. All levels welcome.
I am a 28 year old Massachusetts native and have been playing music since I was 8 years old, starting on the piano with a wonderful teacher in Beverly who also went to Berklee. I picked up the guitar and the bass in high school and got into rock, jazz and blues and haven't looked back. I received a bachelors degree from Berklee in 2012 with a major in Professional Music and minor in Music Education.
I currently perform in and around Boston with several bands and also build electric guitars and perform all types of repairs and modifications. I also will teach this skill if you are int
Music study is great exercise for your brain. It works both the left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously because you are thinking both creatively and logically/mathematically at the same time.
I am happy teaching students at any level, even if you have never picked up an instrument before. I can work with you and get you on the path to being the kind of musician you want to be.
*** Lesson Details *** I custom tailor my lessons to meet a students individual needs. I am a serious teacher, but I am a laid back person. I am easy going, but I will make sure you learn what you need to learn. I can guarantee after 4 or 5 lessons with me, you will have tripled your knowledge of chords, scales, technique, and song repertoire. I am very patient and am happy to work with students of all ages and skill levels.
I encourage mid to upper level students to bring in CD's or email an MP3/YouTube link of songs they want to learn (if they are at the right level) and I will transcribe them on the spot and go through them with you step by step.
If you want to learn how to play all your favorite songs, I am the teacher for you. I won't make you play music you aren't really interested in, but I will make recommendations for songs to improve your playing and include music theory so that you understand what you are playing and why you are playing it. The point of playing music is to HAVE FUN, after all.
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Blues Jr. III guitar amp, Vintage Gallien Kreuger guitar amp, Carvin/Peavey Bass amp, Epiphone 1 x 12 guitar amp, custom thin line telecaster, custom solid body telecaster, vintage synsonic electric guitar, breedlove acoustic guitar, Tacoma acoustic bass, Schecter stiletto 5 string electric bass, Ibanez soundgear 5 string bass, custom stratocaster, vintage synsonic single coil guitar, 5 string banjo, , Diamond Head tenor ukulele, u-king soprano banjolele , M-Audio oxygen 8 midi controller, Blue Mic USB microphone, Eurorack mixer, shure microphone, 2011 Macbook pro w/ Sibelius, Pro Tools, Garage Band, Reason. Full lutherie shop equipped to do custom builds, guitar set-ups, mods, and repairs
*** Travel Equipment *** I will travel with just my guitar or bass and some music paper or my laptop. Students are only expected to have their own instrument and a place with minimal noise to have the lesson.
*** Specialties *** Picked and fingerstyle acoustic or electric guitar, Fingerstyle or picked bass guitar, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Bossa, etc.
eliyahu kheel December 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
David is a wonderful teacher moving at a strong pace to get as much done in a short time as possible. He comes to the lessons very prepared with lots of great material to help the student learn and improve. Very knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. I highly recommend David as a teacher.
Rockwell Jackson October 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very personable and knowledgeable! Already can't wait for my next lesson!
Mark P. July 17, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
So far, so good. After only 5 weeks I'm already playing along to a couple of recordings of songs I like. I have lots of musical experience, but never picked up a bass guitar before this past January. I'm really enjoying the lessons. David is a great teacher and I expect to be around for a long time.
I teach students to read music as well as playing by ear, how to play with other musicians, etc.
A brief look at Mike C's career will show that he is a quintessential guitarist and teacher. Unmatched and in a league of his own, his twenty+ year career includes training at : Berklee College of Music and UMass. Lowell, as well as with performing with diverse artists such as Soul City, Dave Anthony Orchestra, The Mike Fritz Band, The Times, Soul Inspiration, Gary And The Gang, and his own project Trick Bag, performing anything from bebop jazz, swing, etc. He currently performs regularly with funk band Mojo Mambo and freelance performances.
*** Studio Equipment *** Line 6 Variax guitar,
Fender Stratocaster Plus guitar, Ibanez Artcore ASR70 Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Line 6 Pod XT Live effects, Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier
*** Travel Equipment *** Line 6 Variax guitar, Fender Stratocaster Plus guitar, Ibanez Artcore ASR70 Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Line 6 Pod XT Live effects, Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier
*** Specialties *** Blues, jazz, funk, rock, etc. Music students of *all* ages.
I earned MM in Jazz Performance, Bass Guitar Major, in 1993, and play/teach lessons for Bass Guitar since that time. My prospective students will receive rigorous training in both Bass Guitar performance and musicianship focused on the specifics of the subject of study. The level that we would begin lessons with will depend on the student's abilities and potentials. We will strive to create professional and friendly working atmosphere, and will begin lessons with careful assessment of the student's performing abilities; we will also set our goals, based on both individual expectations of students and on professional experience of the instructor. My teaching philosophy lies on three aspects; on patience with people; on love for the subject of teaching/study; and on rigorous training, offered to people, for their benefit and general musical development.
Hello, I am Vasiliy M, Boston University School of Music Alumnus (DMA in Composition). We dwell in Boston since Fall 2002; before that time , we lived in New York, where I studied Composition at Mannes College, The New School For Music. I received both BM, and MM degrees from Mannes in 1999, and 2001, respectively. Before an arrival to US, in 1994, I studied Jazz Performance, Electric Bass Major, and Classical Composition, at Moldova State Conservatory, from 1988 to 1993, respectively. I was raised in the family, where music is an essential part of its daily life; my father, Gr
igoriy, before his retirement, was a military band trombone player, and, quite naturally, I was exposed to music, and encouraged by my parents to learn playing an instrument of my choice, from my early childhood. My mother, Anisia Kondrat'ievna, possesses both beautiful vocal abilities and perfect pitch , although she has never had a chance to develop her natural gifts any further. But I have heard my mother singing, and these moments remain one of the most touching and impressive musical experiences, that I have ever received, and remember to this very day. Only after a considerable life experiences, abound of trials and mistakes, at the age of twenty five, I have come to a clear realization, that music remains my greatest passion, and that I would have to become a professional musician. With help and support of friends and colleagues, I have entered Community College in Soroki city, Moldova Republic, where I have studied Choral Conducting for Amateurs. I have graduated from school in May of 1988, having written a few instrumental and vocal compositions of my own, and, quite unexpectedly for myself, was invited, that summer, to visit Moldova State Conservatory, with the prospect of audition for the Composition Major. After the meeting with the Chair of the Department, I was offered an opportunity to be accepted to the Master Degree Program in Composition, provided I will have completed two years of preliminary studies of Music Theory, Music Harmony/Voice Leading, and many other related disciplines. Why do I bring all of these facts to this Essay? I know for the fact now, that I was not ready for what was awaiting ahead of me, back then. There was no way, that I could cope with the demands of Composition Program curriculum. But I have had love for music, that my parents have implemented in me throughout my childhood; I have had natural abilities, that Heavens supplied me with: and I have had a chance to make my dream a reality, providing I do everything that I will have to, during the following years of struggles and study. The decision was made, and my studies have begun. I have come through every mistake, defeat, and mind-barriers imaginable, and if it would not be a continuous stream of professional help and support, that I have received from my numerous teachers, mentors, and professors, along the years of study, my goals could never be attained to any modest, but real degree. Whenever I have a chance to teach, tutor, or assist other musicians with their study, my past experience always reminds me, that any person may experience some difficulties of various nature with the learning material, from time to time, and that those difficulties should be addressed by student's teacher with the highly individual approach, however time-and effort-consuming it may be. Patience and respect, in regard to the students, have become as important aspects of teaching to me, as those of discipline and professionalism. My studies have come to an end; I see now, that the world of music is an endless entity, for it has no boundaries, and we all have to maintain our further progress, in order to move to our chosen destinations, and to help others with their own advancements.
Sincerely Vasiliy M.
*** Lesson Details *** I would be more than willing to assist my prospective students with their various musical endeavors, and people's willingness to either play music instruments,take voice lessons, or to study Music Theory/ Musicianship disciplines will serve us as a starting point for our work. Through the diligent preliminary talk we will discuss various aspects of interest that my students have developed in relation to music, so we could plan and design our future lessons according to an initial discussion. My job and responsibility will be to make an intelligent assessment of my students' natural abilities for the given subject of study, to create vigorous learning atmosphere during our meetings, and to give my students professional instructions to the best of my humble abilities, for the benefits of their musical , aesthetic, and personal development. I will encourage my students to learn as much as they can, at the given moment, but I will not ever attempt to exceed people's natural capabilities. Participation in Music with love and fun should be as rewarding and valuable to the music amateur, as professional performing career ( with its highly demanding standards) stands for classically trained musicians. During our study sessions, we will work upon the goals and tasks that we have discussed at the beginning of our meetings. My ultimate goal as a teacher was and will always be to help my students discover and bring forward their best creative potentials through the intensive musical studies and practice, and, at the same time, to favor heir initial interest's transformation into a deep, serious passion.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room, Italian keyboard Real Piano PRO 2
*** Travel Equipment *** Honda Insight 2011
*** Specialties *** As a Bass - player, I have been performing in Big-Band Orchestras, Jazz Sextets, Quartets, Trios, Duos. I was also a Progressive-Rock Band Bass-Player. John Pretlor Band, (R&B style, Soft Jazz) hired me, as a Bass Player, before I went to Mannes College, to study Composition.
Music Theory - wise, I have taught Fundamentals of Music, Elementary Music, Music Theory I, II, Keyboard Harmony, Music Analysis, Post-Tonal Theory.
Jayshree April 20, 2016
My son, Siddarth has been learning Mr.Vasily for about 2 and half years now and I can tell that Mr.Vasily is a great teacher. He's dedicated and expresses a lot of patience when my son forgets or misses his notes. Mr.Vasily also encourages Siddarth to excel by being constructive and not in a negative way, which both my husband and I really appreciate. To excel in anything, it's important to have a good teacher, and we are very happy that our son's learning from one such teacher!
Priya S. March 23, 2016
In home Verified Student
Vasiliy has been working with my 7 year old for around six months now. He is a very patient and loving teacher with a strong work ethic. He takes effort to build the foundations of piano, both theory and practice. We have been very pleased with his guidance.
Juniper T. February 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
Vasily is a wonderful teacher. He is kind, patient, and relates very well to our shy daughter. He is teaching her to "know" the piano, in a delightful and disciplined way, and of course he is teaching her to play. Juniper leaves every session feeling accomplished and happy! We are very happy to have started lessons with him.
With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style t
hat interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!
Resume is available upon request.
Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Phil S.
Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics." - David Kane, Cadence Music
"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box." -Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
Akhter April 25, 2016
Blues Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
My son likes the instructor a lot. He has been learning from him for close to a year now.
John F. January 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
Mike W. December 23, 2014
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
Whether you want to lay down a tasty Blues line or a slap funk groove, play changes for a Jazz standard or Fusion tune, you'll learn at your own comfortable pace. Develop proper techniques, timing, and essential studies with good practice habits. A well rounded approach or laser focus on any particular area.......you decide! Through, step by step, simplified methods, guaranteed results for you.
Hi, Bob here...... very much looking forward to meeting you! I've been teaching music since 1980 (Guitar, Bass, Piano and Voice) and I love helping my students play well! Of course we throw jamming and/or composing music into the mix when desired and appropriate. Many of my students perform, and record their music. I earned my degrees from the Berklee College of Music for Performance and Music Ed. in 1980. I founded my School of Music in 1983, which served as a prep school for Berklee and other schools. We offered private instruction, courses, ensembles and recording courses and producing
artists and band's CD's. Many of my former students have become major stars and celebs in music. I'm a warm, funny, passionate person. I love to teach and my teaching style is a patient, step by step, and custom tailored approach for your individual needs and goals. Always an emphasis on FUN! My philosophy as a teacher is to give you the tools and help you develop skills with them so that you can learn and grow musically on your own! I look forward to helping you reach and achieve all your goals!
Daniel M. June 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Bob Wolfman is a genuine hearted teacher who is truly passionate about his students and wants to see them excel as quickly as possible. In this past month he has helped see how important fundamentals are and how little I actually knew about them. I have been a self taught guitar player for a couple of years and felt like I was hitting the proverbial wall of guitar playing. Within the first month of lessons with Bob I realized how much work I really needed. Just in the first few weeks I have learned all the notes on the neck using his Grid Method, all 5 of the minor pentotonic scale positions, Circle of 5ths and 4ths, and how to sight read!(something I never expected to learn). What is amazing is that everything that Bob has taught me has been practical. Every lessons strengths my skill sets. I see how much of what I learn improves my playing daily. If your someone like me who needs a boost of enthusiasm to jump start your playing, Bob is your teacher. Truly he himself is an excellent musician and I look forward to taking lessons with him for as long as I can!
Bob March 8, 2016
Bob transformed my playing. He offers a practical method to improve one's playing. I would recommend Bob Wolfman to any serious guitar student.
Jacqueline March 4, 2016
Before taking lessons with Bob, I had several guitar teachers over the years and also times when I just went without lessons at all - which only gets you so far. He loves what he does, and it shows. He's patient, articulate, professional and has a great personality.
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