Ivan Williams

Ivan W.

Westland, MI
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Learn components of the keyboard, notes of music, major and minor keys, chords construction and progressions, scales, shapes, transcription, reading, music, theory, ear training, timing and rhythm, improvising, how to play songs, and much more. i teach not just to play but to understand what you are playing.

About Ivan W.

I am Ivan I've been playing bass since 1972, started with guitar in 1969, i only however been teaching beginner and intermediate bass guitar and theory (professionally) since 2007, not including the people i use to teach bass back in the day and here and there. you want to learn bass, i teach bass you can understand, you can come to my home studio, or online, were we can record you playing (before and after). Music Major Inkster high school, Inkster Mi. (74-79). Detroit School of Music, Detroit Mi.(80-81). Music Minor Richmond College, Dallas Tx.(Major; Business Computer Programming Associate Degree 86-88). i am currently studying advanced Music Theory, Harmony, Arranging and Composition. Awards include, multiple trophies, letters of excellence, 1st and 2nd place music proficiency medals 1974-1979. i have played on several studio recordings, commercials, albums, and CD's with talented artist. Learning to play from a DVD or the internet can not properly teach a beginner bass player, because there should be a student/teacher interaction, one has to already know how to play in order for a DVD to be effective, and i truly believe one will still need an instructor. i enjoy teaching and playing bass. i teach (4 to 6 string), which includes learning to read bass clef notes, scales, chords, keys signatures and time on the music staff, etc., etc., i can teach tab also. i like to teach beginners to give them the correct and formal fingering techniques, then later if they like, they can go all willy nilly. i get satisfactory results. i also love playing guitar and piano, i know these instruments very well and because i want to teach as many as i can to keep real music alive, i also teach beginner guitar and piano, all the above applies to guitar and piano lessons, and music theory and ear training. i like using small i's

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on the student's current level of understanding music and playing your instrument, i start with the healthy way to play your instrument, traditional left hand and right hand techniques, learning exercises, scales, chords, keys, ear training for how to find the part in songs, also music theory including how to read music, and improvising, then different styles of playing bass and guitar, including thump and pluck, now known as slap bass, hammer and tap, harmonics, flamenco and more, most of all i make it fun. With practice you will know how to play your instrument very well, or if you just want to learn songs or licks, its all good i work for you. are you ready? i am, lets go

*** Travel Equipment ***
i can provide a bass, a guitar, a keyboard and amp, but i expect student to have their own instrument and amp to practice

*** Specialties ***
i teach all genres, and i teach you to understand the music on your instrument.


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22 Reviews
John P.
Profile-location-online Online

Ivan makes understand music and music theory easy. I wish I had met him years ago.. he really knows his craft.

Posted Jun 17, 2019
Divine C.
Profile-location-online Online

he teaches me new things every day and he is funny

Posted May 25, 2019
Zvia ..
Profile-location-online Online

Super patient! Good with kids.

Posted May 22, 2019
Divine C.
Profile-location-online Online

pulite and understanding

Posted Apr 6, 2019
Divine C.
Profile-location-online Online

best nice kind and i can understand

Posted Mar 30, 2019
Divine C.
Profile-location-online Online

you are awesome

Posted Mar 16, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly to me.

Posted Feb 15, 2019
Kimberly W.
Profile-location-online Online

Ivan is very patient and thorough. He also explains how to learn musical scales in a way that is methodical and easy to follow.

Posted Feb 8, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Ivan was capable of picking up my faults very quickly. He has a good eye. He was Patient and thorough. He knows his bass. Real professional.

Posted Jun 20, 2018
Kelcey B.
Profile-location-online Online

He explains and teach so you can understand very well and be able to play bass guitar. Can't wait for my next lesson.

Posted May 12, 2018
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Posted Jan 24, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Novice bass player who've been trying to learn for 20 years. Very thankful I came across Big Ive; he's very thorough and patient. Come ready to learn, be challenged and have fun. Looking forward to the next lesson. Can't beat a real down to earth knowledgeable instructor.

Posted Oct 7, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Fun, great attitude, amazing knowledge and appreciation of all types of music. Ive let's me know what is going well, what I need to work on, and provides gentle encouragement when it is clear I am not practicing enough to get it right. He has worked with top professionals, so he knows the theory, the music, the lifestyle and the connections. He has a great laugh.
I am a teacher (science) and I appreciate a professional yet fun approach.
I might not ever be famous, but I am having fun learning to play, and I see progress.

Posted Jun 23, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Ive is a fantastic instructor because he works at your own pace and talks with you rather than at you. I don't feel dumb when I am learning information I hadn't known before, but instead he helps me feel like he is simply sharing his knowledge so that I can fully understand it, regardless of how complex it may initially seem. His prices are great and he's a great person. I highly recommend him if you are looking to learn an instrument!

Posted Jun 23, 2017
Trae M.
Profile-location-online Online

Got a good lessen in the fundamentals.

Posted Jul 6, 2016
John F.
Profile-location-online Online

Hes encouraging and if you have the perseverance to stick with it you'll be playing sooner than you would think.

Posted Jun 2, 2016
edgar johnson
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Ivan, ( Mr.Williams) knows his stuff. He has a structured format which is detailed. If a person listens to and practices his exercises, they will become a knowledgeable player of the guitar.

Posted Mar 16, 2016
Jason B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

This dude is awesome. He really knows his theory and he definitely won't waste your time. Such a fun guy too. Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Gary F.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I purchased lessons for my husband. After my husband first lesson he came home with very positive reviews and actually said that he is looking forward to his next lesson with Ivan. He shared that Ivan is very patient and knowledgeable and he feels that we made the right choice in selecting Ivan as his instructor.

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Tyra W.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I was thrilled with my first lesson with Ivan. He is knowledgeable, personable, and inspires confidence. Consequently, I am confident that if I follow his instruction and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, I will achieve the results I desire.

Posted Mar 31, 2015
Chris C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Ivan is a great tutor! He really helped me get a better understanding of music theory and also helped me improve my understanding of playing music on the piano overall. I used to take lessons at Axis Music Academy, which is a really well respected music learning institution. However, my instructor there focused more on getting me through the lessons then making sure I understood what was going on. I choose to continue my lessons with Ivan because I see my music comprehension growing and I feel that he knows exactly how to teach you to make sure you understand what your doing.

Posted Feb 21, 2015
Duncan H.
Profile-location-online Online

I've only had a few lessons, but I'm already impressed with his knowledge and teaching technique.

Posted Jul 17, 2014

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Music Instructor
Jan 2007 - Present

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I've been playing bass since 1972, teaching professionally, since 2007, I have toured with TBS, Temple 8, the Cosmic Wheels, played for Motown producer Ivy Jo Hunter on many studio recordings for other professional singers, The late blues Legend Soloman Burke, also recorded for The Legendary Carl Carlton, I currently tour with the Glen Raby Band which backs The Shades of Blue, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Sonny Turner (former lead singer for the Platters), The Reflections, The Motown Experience which includes members from The Miracles, The Temptations, The Capitols, also played with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Chicago, actor Jim Belushi and many more (a more complete list on my website), 1st solo CD release in 1991 as artist Big Ive and Nem, lots of studio work on bass, and I have wrote and produced several Rap Artist songs. Played on a show with Nate Watts of Stevie Wonder, Ralphe Armstrong of John McLaughlin, Kern Brantley of Lady Gaga, Lonnie Motley of the Funkadelics, Bobby Vega, Brandon Rose, Tony Green from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and many more, I am a DETROIT BASS PLAYER. I even have a show on YouTube about Detroit BASS Players. Also been in BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE 3 times, BASS GEAR MAGAZINE, DETROIT LIVE MAGAZINE, and graced the cover of LINHA DE FRENTE MAGAZINE in Brazil, and others. I know Music, and I pass this knowledge to my students.


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Jan 2007 - Present

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associate in computer programing
Jan 1986 - Present

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