Cary Miga

Cary M.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to learn how to play electric bass or upright bass? I’ll have you playing classic bass lines and grooves in no time. With tons of live, studio, and songwriting professional playing experience I’m the teacher who can help you take your bass playing to the next level. Lessons are tailored to each students specific learning styles and are also augmented for students from complete beginners, intermediate, and advanced.
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Cary teaches



Cary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Born in Fairfax, VA, bassist Cary Miga fostered a love for music and performance in Portland, OR. Attending David Douglas High School opened the doors for his performance in jazz band, choir, orchestra, and musical theater. Cary supplemented his jazz education by studying with Grammy award winning educator, composer, and trumpeter Dr. Thara Memory in the American Music Program. Pushed to pursue music as a full-time career, Cary studied with world-renowned musicians such as Darrell Grant, George Colligan, Alan Jones, Andre St. James, Tim Gilson, and Phil Baker. Upon graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Performance for Jazz Bass, Cary now performs in the vintage pop band Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners which frequently travels for events such as the Seaside Jazz Festival, Coos Bay Jazz Festival, Treefort Music Festival, Doe Bay Music festival, and Folklife Music Festival. While in his hometown, Cary freelances throughout the city at venues such as Raven & Rose, Solaes Lounge, Hotel Vintage, Laurelthirst Pub, and Secret Society.

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Sep 2012 - Present
Freelance Bassist, Guitarist, and Pianist


Bachelor of Music: Jazz
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016
Portland State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2012

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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Photos & Videos

My best friends and I love playing rock, pop, funk, rnb, soul, salsa, and especially jazz!!!

I love playing electric bass! Rock, pop, rnb, funk, and soul music are some of my favorites.

Photo by Cary M.
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2 Reviews

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Soham Dec 12, 2017
Upright Bass · Online

Cary is an awesome some teacher! I'm in my 60's and started learning the bass, something I've always wanted to do. He was very practical and patient, able to break the needed skills down into do-able steps. He listened to my goals, not just truing to replicate what he does. He's a great teacher for someone who doesn't have an extensive music background, helping me see patterns and connections that made learning much easier and rational. To me, the surest sign of a great teacher is one the when the lesson is over, the student feels fired up, eager to do more and has a growing sense of pleasure and possibility in their playing. That describes Cary as a teacher. I'm SO fortunate to have found him!

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Peter Q. Dec 12, 2017
Upright Bass · In home

Cary Miga is one of the finest professional bassists on the west coast and an excellent teacher. He is upbeat, fun, and has a contagious love for music. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning bass or guitar.

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