- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
*** Lesson Details ***
Jamming and performing with others is the best way to enjoy music and to improve as a player. Eric can help you learn and perfect the songs you want to play, developing your musical ear and knowledge of theory in the process. Eric takes a holistic approach to the bass, using the instrument as a tool to teach essential musical lessons including music theory, improvisation, and ear training.
- Learn songs of your choice by ear - even difficult ones (we will find ways to interpret the songs so that you can play them!),
- Develop good techniques and practice habits that will help you play your best and avoid pain/injury.
- Study the history of the electric bass and the styles and techniques of great bass players from a variety of genres!
All of the above and...
- Discover "the pocket" and how to lock in with drummers to create a great groove that gets people moving!
- Learn soloing, and improvisation.
- Study advanced techniques like slapping and tapping.
All of the above and...
- Find your weaknesses and work to improve them.
- Learn skills for sessions, rehearsals, and performance like writing shorthand charts and notation.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Eric teaches remote lessons with a miniature amplification system which amplifies his bass and recordings that students are learning.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 9+
- Teaching since:
- February 2008
Eric is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist and media professional with a passion for inspiring students through music. His knowledge and expertise are diverse, ranging from music performance and audio production to radio programming and video editing. Eric has a BA in Music and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a decade of experience as a working musician, and over seven years of teaching experience with students from ages 9 to 60. When he's not teaching, Eric performs bass and vocals in The Nines, the Northwest's premier party band, working as an audio engineer and session musician at Mirror Sound Studios, and hosting the Grateful Dead Hour and Backtracks on KBCS-FM.+ Read More
Eric performs audio engineering, production, and mixing at numerous professional studios. Using a combination of digital and analog equipment, and his skills as a musician and communicator, he helps clients realize their vision and create high-quality recordings.+ Read More
The Nines are the Northwest's premier party band, performing at weddings, private events, casinos, and clubs all over Washington State and beyond. We've performed at venues like the WaMu Theater, The Moore, and New Years Eve at the Seattle Center.+ Read More
Eric has been working professionally as a bassist and vocalist for over nine years. His experiance ranges from the stage to the studio and everything in between. He currently performs with Seattle's top party band The Nines, named the best wedding reception band of 2015 by Seattle Bride Magazine.+ Read More
Eric was very willing to work with me on my concerns with the last lesson, and alter this lessons to fit my needs. He was also very perceptive in where I am at in and where I would like to be on my understanding for growth in certain areas and catered the lesson accordingly, yet still stayed on track.+ Read More
Great introductory lesson with Eric!
Very personable! got right into the basics with a friendly style.
Eric is great, my son is actually enjoying his lessons practicing and getting better.
As an experienced player Eric seems phenomenal, looking forward to working with him!
Super knowledgeable and easy to learn from!
Great energy and great teacher. Looking forward to learning more from him!
He is a really great teacher with super good music knowledge.
My 9 year old son really enjoys his lessons with Eric. Eric makes learning to play an instrument fun and approachable.
Eric was great with Nathan! He was calm and Nathan thinks he is very cool. Though Nathan is only 6, Eric was very patient and I think that Nathan really enjoyed his first lesson.
Eric is awesome
I have been working with Eric for over a year, and I would highly recommend him as a bass teacher. He has a good balance between fundamentals (scales, modes, fingering techniques) and learning songs. He brings songs from a variety of genres (some familiar to me and others not) but is always ready to work with me on a song that I find appealing.
Eric obviously enjoys music and wants his students to enjoys it. He knows that I learn best when I enjoy what I'm doing and am motivated to work by that enjoyment. If I struggle with one approach he will use a different one to get to the same end goal.
Eric pushes me to do more than just learn what others may have done, but to improvise and try to make my own parts. He is encouraging even when my fumbling efforts fall far short of my own expectations.
Eric helped me with guitar and Pro Tools. The lessons were very useful as I was recording demos which eventually turned into an EP. Eric helped me learn how I could add tracks to work I had already recorded in Chicago so we were able to work out some vocal harmonies and layers. The result was great. Once schedule allows I plan on resuming lessons if possible!+ Read More
Eric is a great bass teacher, who has been teaching me for almost a year now. He is passionate and very knowledgeable about bass guitar. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a good bass teacher.
awesome and funky bass teacher
Eric is an amazing bass teacher. He has great taste in music and he KILLS it on the bass. His funky grooves inspired me to practice for hours everyday. His music taste is very diverse, so if you have a song you want to learn he will probably be able to teach it to you. He also has a very keen ear and will teach you the skills you need to develop your ear so that you can jam.
If you want to rock at bass, definitely call Eric.