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About Benjamin K.

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Brooklyn, NY
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*** Studio Equipment ***
basses, upright bass, guitar, amp, 66-key keyboard (not weighted, no sustain pedal)

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I teach at home I provide bass amps, guitar amps, keyboards. If I go to them, what I expect depends on the situation.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk
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Benjamin K.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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$40 / 30-min

About John L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY
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College Performance Degree in Bass
Diploma from Grove School of Music in Bass
20 years professional experience of Bass Playing

About John
Hello,

Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.

Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!

I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.

It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pri
de myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.

I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.

*** Lesson Details ***

My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.

I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.

In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.

And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
As requested

*** Specialties ***
I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
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Jeremiah December 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
John is good teacher, I completely satisfied.
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Aidan September 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very comfortable atmosphere. John asked my son what his goals were and tgen taylored instruction to help him meet those goals..We were very pleased! We highly recommend him.
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Okokon O. March 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
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John L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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$45 / 30-min

About Isaac L.

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New York, NY

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My primary goal with all of my students is to help them make great music that is true to themselves. I also try to stick with a sound-before-symbol approach to learning music. What this means for my teaching is a focus on training both the ears and technique. I always prefer a more personalized approach to teaching, working with students to find repertoire that speaks to them and improves their musicality and technique.

About Isaac
My Values
As I’ve developed my teaching style over the last ten years, I’ve found myself zeroing in on a few key qualities I want to cultivate in my students and in my self including great ears, a high proficiency on the instrument, and a strong and interactive sense of musicality. At the center of my practice is a devotion to personal growth and discovery. For myself, I find this by teaching in a variety of contexts from teaching in classrooms at a private school to sharing volunteer masterclasses around the world. No matter the context it is my goal to share with my students and those who will listen the lessons I have learned through music and to help them uncover their own. As such I am constantly striving to inspire personal connections to the music and a stronger sense of community

My experience
I have consistently taught priva
te lessons to bass players, pianists, and other instrumentalists since 2010. I have also had the opportunity to teach over a dozen jazz clinics, including two separate visits to the annual Panama Jazz Festival to teach and perform. At Berklee I studied music pedagogy and continue to research pedagogy on my own time. Recently through a teacher training program I have participated in workshops learning the basics of Suzuki, Kodály, and Orff Shulwerk methods. I currently teach music classes part time at a Manhattan private school and part time in an El Sistema based after school strings program.

My students have gone on to win statewide competitions such as positions in the All State jazz band and orchestra. Some have participated in music festivals around the country such as the Newport Jazz Festival and others have continued on to study at the collegiate level at schools including McGill University and Northwestern University.
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Greg A. June 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Isaac is an excellent teacher and is highly recommended. His method is not centered on drills, music reading or repetition, but rather on getting an understanding of how the notes, chords work together. In so doing, the student gets a great understanding of theory and it opens the door to improvisation. In addition he's very patient with folks such as myself who don't come to class with a deep understanding of music theory.
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Victoria Danberg January 27, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
I have just begun lessons with Isaac. He is an excellent teacher; attuned to my needs, very good at explaining things, patient, very good at getting me to understand what I need to know. I look forward to learning upright bass with him!
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Isaac L.

New York, NY 10031
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$50 / 30-min

About Marcelo M.

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New York, NY

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My classes are very flexible when it comes to what the student wants. I can go from just teaching very basic bass playing to advanced harmonic concepts and jazz improvisation. On the first class, I give the student the choice of controlling our lessons materials about what they want to learn. Or the student can choose to let me control our classes, in which I will bring my own materials and ideas in which we should work and will go through the whole academic process of learning music.

About Marcelo
Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Anthony B. March 19, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My son just had his first lesson with Marcelo. It went really well. Looking forward to the next lessons.
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Zion B. October 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Wonderful!
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Rafael June 7, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
Marcelo is great. He is very patient and flexible.
Recommended.
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Marcelo M.

New York, NY 10017
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$30 / 30-min

About Fabrizio S.

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New York, NY
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The Lessons will be focused on: Reading (notation and charts); improvisation; bass lines; bow; technique; learning tunes; ear training; music theory.

About Fabrizio
Fabrizio Sciacca was born on May 25, 1990 in Catania, Italy. His interest in music began at a young age, when his father would play him his favorite records. At 14 years old, Fabrizio started playing electric bass, studying with a local teacher in his hometown.
After graduating high school, he began his law studies at Catania University only to realize within the year that his true passion was music. He promptly applied to Berklee College of Music in 2011 and was accepted with a scholarship.
During his four years at Berklee, Fabrizio studied with renowned professors: John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, and Victor Bailey. While there, he performed with a variety of ensembles in many venues of Boston, such as Wally's (famous jazz club where many jazz icons like Charlie Parker performed).
Upon completing his undergrad degree in Electric
and Double Bass Performance in 2015, Fabrizio moved to New York. He began studying with bass legend Ron Carter while earning a Master’s Degree in Performance and Composition from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in 2018.
Since moving to New York, Fabrizio has collaborated and shared the stage with some of the best musicians on the scene including Harry Allen, Billy Drummond and Joe Magnarelli. He has also performed in many well-known jazz clubs in the City like Fat Cat, Mezzrow, Shapeshifter, and Minton's.
In June 2019, Fabrizio was awarded the Welcome Back Tony Scott award, a prestigious recognition given to talented musicians by the city of Salemi, Italy, to honor the memory of the great clarinet player Tony Scott. During the same time, he performed with the Edo Ferragamo Project at the GruVillage Festival (Grugliasco, Italy) and Valmontone Summer Festival (Valmontone, Italy), opening for the Italian dates of Anastacia's summer tour.
Currently, Fabrizio continues to learn from his mentor, Ron Carter. He has also released his debut record Gettin' It There with Billy Drummond on drums, Donald Vega on piano, and Jed Levy on saxophone. With all these accomplishments and tireless nature, Fabrizio Sciacca is determined to make himself a fixture of the international jazz community.
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Nathan September 17, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Fabrizio is a great teacher. Helped me out a lot improving my reading and harmony. Thank you!
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Daniel September 11, 2019
· Upright Bass · In studio
Cool guy and great teacher! Highly recommended
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Qin September 4, 2019
· Upright Bass · In studio
I enjoyed taking lessons with him. Very passionate about the bass and very in tune with the student's needs. Only reason I didn't give him 5 stars was because of his location, very difficult to get from Flushing to Harlem.
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Fabrizio S.

New York, NY 10026
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$30 / 30-min
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About Benjamin Y.

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New York, NY
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I will work on technique,improvisation in jazz and other styles,classical repertoire, playing different grooves, bow technique, constructing bass lines, and overall bass playing (accompanying)

About Benjamin
Benjamin is a musician in the NYC area. He has been studying music since the age of 3. His background includes Violin, Cello, Percussion, Drum Set, Voice, Electric Bass, and Upright Bass. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he majored in Upright Bass Performance. He has studied with Dave Zinno, John Lockwood, Bruce Gertz, and Susan Hagen. He has performed with John Oates, New York Voices, and Kevin Mahogany, Becca Stevens, Mario Jose, Kurt Elling and many others.

Benjamin is mainly a jazz/contemporary musician, focusing on bebop through modern jazz, top 40, rock, pop, RnB, and many other styles. He is also trained in classical music.

Benjamin has been teaching privately for 5 years. He has a comprehensive approach that brings in technical study to any style of music.
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Indrajit January 20, 2019
· Upright Bass · Online
Great beginning. Look forward to many more classes.
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Robert F. September 25, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
I had my first lesson with Benjamin last night, and I’m already playing better!! Clear, concise, and you can tell he really loves to teach - can’t wait for my next lesson!!
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Patrick April 18, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Very knowledgeable and engaged, delivering the content I needed at a level that made sense to me.
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Benjamin Y.

New York, NY 10031
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$30 / 30-min

About Chris B.

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Bronx, NY

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I've been playing in jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, country bands, etc, for more than 15 years. I will guide you to mastery on the upright bass through sound fundamental education and transcription.

About Chris
I'm a bass player, educator, composer, arranger and band leader living in Brooklyn, NY, and am active in a diverse group of projects that include polka, jazz, classical, and commercial music. I've been teaching double bass and electric bass for 20 years, and have recently added synth bass to my lesson repertoire. I grew up playing orchestral music, jazz, and rock throughout high school, and attended NYU Jazz Performance program, from which I graduated in 2005. While there I studied with a variety of teachers including John Scofield, Mike Richmond, Billy Hart, and Ron McClure.

I've performed with a wide variety of acts, including The Lone Bellow, Grace McLean (Marya in Broadway's "The Great Comet of 1812"), Major Attaway (Genie in Broadway's "Aladdin"), Donnell James Foreman, (Broadway's "The Book Of Mormon"), and I'm currently the Mus
ical Director for Melanie Penn and Porter and Sayles. I've appeared in performance on ABC's "The Chew" and "The Bachelor," and perform regularly with New York City's most renown Polka Band, The Polka Brothers.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working and growing as a musician, and I'm passionate about helping others do the same. I currently teach at NYU, as well as occasional programs at the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan.
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Andy H. July 25, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Andy loved his lesson and is excited for the next one! Thanks!
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Chris B.

Bronx, NY 10470
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About Andrea V.

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New York, NY
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Being an active and experienced musician gives me the necessary knowledge to know what is needed on order to become a better musician. Also having over 20 years of teaching experience allows me to tailor my knowledge to the need of every particular student. I really enjoy to transfer my knowledge and solve the unique musical problem that every student encounter during their musical path.

About Andrea
Bassist and composer Andrea performs extensively within the improvised music scene, across a broad spectrum of genres. His instrumental tone, sensitivity and imagination, and melodic approach to a supposedly clumsy instrument brought him to perform and record with many established musicians. Based in New York City, his work as an instrumentalist and composer can be regularly heard at the top jazz clubs in the city and around the globe.

As a current faculty member of the New York Jazz Workshop, Andrea is a dedicated educator. He has taught master classes at the National Institute of Music and the National University of Costa Rica, at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Olav Duun Videregående Skole in Namsos, Norway. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, where he graduated in 2011 with a Master
of Music Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz as a Fulbright scholarship recipient.
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Marta September 9, 2019
· English · In studio
I had my first English lesson with Andrea and it was very useful for me. I think that he pointed on my problem. He's a keen observer.
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Carll April 16, 2019
· Italian · In studio
Andrea is the best. He's personable, prompt, flexible yet clear, a pleasure to work with. He has given weekly Italian lessons to me and my wife in our home. We can't recommend him highly enough.
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Tiziana December 11, 2018
· Italian · In home
wonderful teacher, very professional. it was easy to arrange a lesson with andrea. he arrived on time and my daughter enjoyed her lesson very much.
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Andrea V.

New York, NY 10039
(12)
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$100 / 60-min

About Torge G.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hello! My Name is Torge Goderstad and I am an experienced double bassist specializing in Jazz, actively gigging and playing in NYC, and dedicated your or your child's musical development!

I have been playing Electric Bass for 10 years and double bass for 6 of those. I enjoy teaching adults and kids equally and approach teaching through what the student would like to get out of music, wether that be pursuing it professionally or developing a fulfilling hobby. I teach all styles and French Bow technique.

I graduated from The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2017 with a bachelors degree and Jazz Performance, with a concentration in Bass. I also have studied composition, theory and arranging extensively and all these can be incorporated into our lessons no matter your level!

I have performed both in NYC and internationally at venues including: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lincoln Center, Shapeshifter Lab, Bern International Jazz festival, and many others.

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About Torge
Hello! My name is Torge, I am from Denver CO and I have been an active bassist/teacher/composer/band leader for the past 10 years, 5 of them in NYC. I primarily teach jazz on the double bass at all levels but also teach beginner/intermediate classical (french bow) and all levels of electric bass as well.

Much of my life has revolved around music and wether you want to pursue it professionally, as a hobby, or are just testing the waters I would love to help you on your journey! My teaching style consists of starting with what interests you in the musical world and exposing you to new ideas, technique and theory relevant to that content. I am comfortable teaching all ages, as music has something to offer everybody no matter what your age.

I am a recent graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where I received a bachelor
s in Jazz Performance with a concentration in Bass. I have performed at venues locally and internationally including Lincoln Center, ShapeShifter Lab, Bern Internationally Jazz Festival, Williamsburg Music Center, The Nuyoricans poets Cafe, Berkley Californias "Jupiter", The Back Room and many more.

If you have any questions please say hello! I'm very approachable! Also here's my website torgegoderstadbass.com

I look forward to working with you :)
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Torge G.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$42 / 30-min

About Lisa H.

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Ridgewood, NY
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Have you been dreaming about playing the double bass, but have been intimidated by its size and the lack of frets?
I will walk you through all the specifics of the instrument, step by step, while setting up a realistic and satisfying practice routine for you.
We will explore the role of the bass in the rhythm section (and in music generally) and build a strong foundation in technique, rhythm & time feel, practical music theory, sight-reading and improvisation. All levels & ages welcome!

About Lisa
Hi there! My name is Lisa and I'm a professional bassist, composer and touring artist, working in the field of jazz/improvised music as well as in popular/contemporary music. I have 10+ years of teaching experience and hold a master’s degree in both music pedagogy and music performance from Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland.

Over the years I have been teaching bass students of all ages and levels, from absolute beginners to advanced instrumentalists, from ages 6-60+. I find joy in
helping all of my students defining and reaching their goals and experiencing the fun in playing music.

Some of my main goals in music teaching are:

- developing a realistic and satisfying practice routine
- reaching a deeper understanding of the instrument through connecting imagination/pre-hearing and movement
- working on rhythm and time, exploring
the role of the bass in the rhythm section (and in music generally)
- playing with bow, strengthening the left hand, control of intonation and classical repertoire
- understanding and playing with chord symbols, practical music theory
- improvisation – solos over chord progressions, over pedals, with or without accompaniment, extended technique  and free improvisation
- sight-reading
- the ability of transcribing music (and having a lot of fun!)
- discovering jazz, blues, folk, improvisation, indie rock, R’n’B, singer/songwriter, classical repertoire and much more!
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Caroline September 13, 2019
· Upright Bass · In home
Lisa is the best!!! I came to her as a complete beginner, having tried both guitar and piano but always having been drawn to electric & upright bass, and a bit daunted on how to jump in. She was the perfect person to start with - warm, supportive, and encouraging. She is a super badass musician and the way she plays is inspiring! But more importantly, she knows how to make whatever we're learning interesting and fun. From Peter Gabriel songs to Pink Floyd to Gershwin, I can't recommend her enough.
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Natalie September 13, 2019
· Upright Bass · In home
Lisa has given me a better insight on the double bass and how to physically approach the instrument in a healthy way. Furthermore her creativity and fun with music has been a great push to expand my creativity through the instrument. I would definitely recommend lessons with her as she provides you with a strong foundation.
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Vanessa September 12, 2019
· Upright Bass · In home
I love working with Lisa. She's a very professional and lively teacher who makes music accessible and enjoyable. She is always on time and with good attitude. HIghly recommend it!
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Lisa H.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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$75 / 45-min

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