Alfred Shorter Jr

Alfred S.

Fox Lake, IL
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Lesson Details

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
How to position fingers on the fret board to optimize smooth fingering of notes from the first position (first fret) to the twelfth position
(12th fret).
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Alfred teaches



Alfred delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18 to 65

Teaching since:
January 1988

I play professionally, I have over 43 years of music experience I started at a very early age enjoying music, i have played recitals at the high school level on cello. I have been a featured soloist on the 4,5,6,string electric bass as well as the acoustic double bass, I have a CD out that show cases the genres of music that i have experience in. I am very passionate about teaching and instructing my students to acquire a love for music that will inspire them on to greater achievements in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Basic Alfred music publications that are well suited for beginners to advance students details in music theory ,chord progressions,modal,progressions,circle of 5ths,inversion of piano chords,intervals,triads, sight reading on the treble,and bass clef finger positioning on the fret board correct posture and hand placement when seated at the piano.etc

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement studio: music stands, chairs, basses, keyboard (88 keys and weighted), tenor saxophone,guitars, 24 track recording console additional seating for parents. ,

wellness center: private room, music stands, keyboard (88 keys and weighted). waiting area for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano/keyboard or whatever instrument that is needed for that lesson.

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These are the instruments I teach. I consider them to be the tools of my trade.

I teach music theory, and composition development. How to write music for multiple instruments.Seven scale modes.

My studio for in house students 24 track mixer,krk monitors 88 weighted keyboards.Tenor sax.

Alfred shorter jr 4 string six tuplet bass thumb exercise for slap bass.
Alfred shorter jr and Victor Wooten hanging out talking bass chops.. Can I be your teacher?

I teach 4,5,6, string and double bass, I want my student to be prepared for any and all playing situations.

You  want to develop focus without looking at the fret board. It allows the mind to be creative in developing fresh ideas.

Proper hand position on the double bass is critical. left elbow should be position at an 45 degree angle, allows evenness of playing .

I teach tenor saxophone .how to get a good tone, what mouth piece is best for beginners, left and right hand finger positions. Theory !
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8 Reviews

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Jesse Dec 30, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Take it from me a former student. Alfred is a fantastic teacher and a amazing player.

Dixie Pottie Dec 22, 2017
Bass Guitar ·

alfred shorter jr is a major force to be reckoned with on the bass scene. His clear cut technique for bass comes from years of playing and experimenting with various approach’s to find new ways to open up bass playing to the masses. Book a lessons with him you will not be disappointed. -

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Darren S. Oct 8, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Today was my first lesson with Alfred. I am very impress with his knowledge and skill set. We work on some hand and finger exercises and ended the lesson with playing some bass groves. I am looking forward to my next lesson with him.

Chris H. Nov 18, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio

Alfred has an infectious enthusiasm for the bass guitar that carries over in his lessons. I wanted to learn the slap and pop techniques of my favorite bass players including Marcus Miller and others. Alfred is a skilled percussive bass player who is fluent in these techniques. He is a patient teacher who will introduce new techniques and concepts at your own pace, whether you are a beginner or more advanced player. The lessons always go over the time allotment and we often have to force ourselves to “call it a night” and put down our bass guitars. The bottom line is that I’m having fun and making good progress. Online lessons have their place, but you don’t get the feedback and accountability that comes from taking in-person lessons. I can highly recommend Alfred to anyone who is serious about learning how to properly play bass guitar.

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Steven S. Jul 15, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio

Alfred is a phenomenal teacher. There are a lot of wonderful musicians that are expert at their crafts but does not have the expertise of teaching it to others. Alfred not only he is a wonderful bass player but his teaching skills is amazing. I've been taking leasing for about a month and a half and it is amazing the amount of things I've learned. Furthermore, I signed up for 30 minutes lessons, I can't recall once so far where our lessons only last 30 minutes. we almost always go over an hour. This is what I call true passion for music. I couldn't ask for a better teacher. I've enjoyed every lessons and can't wait till the next one. With Alfred help, I know i'll reach my goals in no time.

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Jennifer M. Dec 26, 2013
Piano ·

My daughter is learning to love piano

Alfred uses technology and creativity to keep my daughter interested and engaged in her lessons. She looks forward to practice time!

Muneer J. Jul 1, 2013
Piano ·

Exactly what I needed to get started

Alfred is a natural teacher with a wealth of knowledge in music. He has a lot of patience and takes the time to explain and encourage. He has been an excellent fit for me.

Marion R. Apr 4, 2013
Piano ·

Very pleased

We have been very pleased with Alfred's teaching so far. Both of our sons really enjoy taking lessons from him. He has always been on time and is very polite and nice.

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