Bear Williams
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Bear Williams

Bear W.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hi, I'm Bear Williams from Chicago, Illinois. I'm a Professional Bass Player & Teacher, Musical Director, Vocal Coach, Songwriter and Producer. I've been lucky enough to be involved at the highest level of the music industry for over 40 years and now I'm pleased and honored to share my expertise with you. My classes are always fun and informative; I go out of my way to make each individual student feel special, because they are! Let's get started right away to make your musical dreams a reality.

About Bear W.

Hi, I'm Bear Williams! I'm a Professional Bass Player & Teacher, Musical Director, Vocal Coach, Songwriter and Producer. I've been lucky enough to be involved at the highest level of the music industry for over 40 years. I have toured and recorded with Steve Perry, Alanis Morrisette, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and many more. My passions are, Music and the Art of Entertainment of course, and helping good people achieve their musical dreams and goals through mentoring and one-on-one online class instruction. My classes are always fun and informative; I go out of my way to make each individual student feel special, because they are! I'd love to meet you soon! - Bear

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Al Campbell
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It’s always special to study with incredible musicians in our industry that have covered all genres of music and has a great way of delivering it to other musicians. Incredible personality and humble! Like I’ve always said the hardest part about music is the BUSINESS! We are great friends and yes I’ve learned a few things from him! I’m older! 😳😂 Enjoy some great times from Bear!

Posted Nov 16, 2020
Andy
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I have been taught by Larry since May 2020 and i have really enjoyed every lesson. Larry brings his huge wealth of experience and knowledge to each lesson, whilst valuing and encouraging his students own backgrounds. I have also appreciated the resources, videos and tracks Larry sends to supplement the sessions aims. Larry (Bear) is a great musician, teacher, guide and dare I say it, friend. Thank you for taking me on a great musical learning journey.

Posted Nov 14, 2020
John
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Bear expertly tailors bass lessons to each student's goals, musical preferences, and skill level. The lessons are fun and low-stress, but then you realize how much you're learning. Wish I could offer six stars here!

Posted Nov 14, 2020
Pascal
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Bear is not a simple music teacher in the true sens of the word, he's so much more... getting lesson with him will bring you to another level of understanding music, not only in the differents forms of music pieces or new scales he could teach you - and he will, trust me - but in a different way, a way where respect and humility meet love, energy and curiosity. Curiosity is the right way to approach him 'cause he will answer all the questions, he will find the right words for you to get rid of your complexes or your hesitations because he's a listener, a great guy who will listen and guide you in the real way of making music with you heart. This man is so experienced on stage or in studio with so many great artists in so differents styles that he can tell you imediatly what is important for you to get to the next level without wasting your time in superficial and unnecessary things.
I could talk longer about him but i prefer let you discovering this great human by yourself, trust me you will not regret.

Posted Nov 14, 2020
Dana
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I’m so glad I was able to work with Bear Williams on some of my vocal technique! Not only is he an amazing bass player, but he is an amazing singer and really shares a passion for music that pushes me to work harder! If you can, please take the opportunity to work with Bear-you will not regret it!!

Posted Nov 14, 2020

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Experience

Bassist/Bass Instructor/Musical Director/Vocal Coach/Producer/Singer-Songwriter
Apr 1978 - Present

Black Bear Innovations Inc.

Bassist/Background Vocalist
Jun 1991 - Jun 2012

George Duke Band

Education

Graphic Design
Sep 1979 - Jun 1982

Columbia College Chicago

Music Theory
Sep 1979 - Jun 1982

Columbia College Chicago

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

2016 Outstanding Musician of The Year
Aug 2016

Actors, Artists and Athletes Against Violence

Actors, Artists and Athletes Against Violence is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization that works within Inner City Youth across the U.S. as advocates for Non-Violent Social change. The Outstanding Musician of The Year Award is presented annually to a member of the entertainment industry, deserving of recognition for their positive action and influence within their community.

Awards

BET Lifetime Achievement Award
Jul 2012

Black Entertainment Television

Gold Record
Jul 1998

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

Gold Record
Sep 1997

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

Gold Record
Nov 1996

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

Gold Record
Jul 1995

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

Gold Record
Jun 1995

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

Gold Record
Mar 1995

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)

Affiliations

The Blues Foundation
Aug 2018
Our Mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.
ASCAP
Jul 1992
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
BMI
Jan 1989
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
American Federation of Musicians
Oct 1976
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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