My name is Beau. The bass guitar is a great passion of mine and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with others. I am eager to teach as well as continue my own personal journey as a musician. Initially self-taught, I attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN where I earned a degree in Bass Performance studying under Terry Burns, Gary Raynor, Jay Young, Jeff Bailey, and Charles Fletcher.
I have been performing professionally in various original and cover/variety/wedding bands for over 6 years. I also have extensive studio performance experience constructing and recording bass lines of many different styles. My band, The Fontanelles, have been successfully writing, recording, and performing original music in the Twin Cities for the last three years.
I am the weekly bass player for the contemporary and traditional worship services at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and have also played bass in musical productions of Footloose and Godspell. People know me for being passionate, energetic, patient, and friendly.
*** Lesson Details ***
All students can expect to have a positive and fun, but focused and educational learning experience.
Beginner students will learn to navigate the fretboard, technique, pitch matching and ear training, scales, and learn to play bass lines and melodies to favorite songs.
As a student progresses, they will learn chord recognition and relations, music theory, more scales, more ear training, sight reading notation and chord charts, improvisational techniques and building walking bass lines.
*** Studio Equipment ***
-Fender 62' Reissue Jazz Bass
-Ampeg BA-15 (amp)
-Fender BXR-25 (amp)
-Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver
-Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth
-MXR Bass Octave Deluxe
-Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
-Boss RC-3 Loop Station
-Yamaha MO6 Keyboard
-RME Babyface for recording
-iPad with various teaching apps
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand, amplifier, computer for musical playback and recording, my own bass or guitar, and a tuner.
Students should bring their own bass guitar.
*** Specialties ***
I find that developing a musical ear is vital as a student. To a student, I like to stress the importance of pitch matching and recognition, scales, chord recognition, as well as fingerboard technique. Students will learn to improvise walking bass lines, solo over various styles of music, sight read, and develop a personal repertoire.
As a player, I began playing rock, but am also passionate and experienced in jazz, funk, country, latin, pop, etc.
Also, you may be asked to sing sometimes! I believe in the importance of using our own natural instrument as a tool for musical growth in all areas (especially for bass players). You can practice music virtually anywhere when singing.
Just about every week, I organize and play both the traditional and contemporary Sunday services at St. Mark's. I absolutely love it there. It challenges my versatility, as well as gives me the opportunity to play with some of the best musicians in the Twin Cities.
An original band based in Minneapolis and Duluth. First record to debut Fall 2014.
Recording Studio in St. Paul, MN.
The Milk Dudes are a cover/variety band that have been seen playing mostly private weddings and clubs throughout the midwest. We have had no issues at all booking gigs through word of mouth, which is why we lack an internet presence (besides our Facebook Page).
Classic rock cover band that no longer exists (the leader moved to Austin, TX). We were pretty awesome, though.