- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hey there! I am VERY excited to help you get to your best potential through lots of flight hours as quickly as you like! I hope you'll pick me to help you avoid common set backs in your progress. I look forward to helping you be your best on your instrument!
Greg is a cutting edge multi instrumental musician, accomplished on electric bass, upright pizzicato bass, electric and acoustic guitar, drums, and vocals. He performs in a large variety of ensembles, combos, bands, and performs as a solo bassist. He has helped thousands of private students step into a life of music since his first student in 1989. Greg’s talent and ability have been recognized frequently. In 1994 he was one of ten finalists worldwide in Bass Player Magazine’s Billy Sheehan scholarship contest, that same year he became a key volunteer staff member at the annual Bozeman Bass Bash.
Greg has shared the bill and / or performed along side: Bob Babbitt, Victor Bailey, Jean Baudin, Jeff Berlin, Blondie, Suzy Bogguss, Brian Bromberg, Oteil Burbridge, Yves Carbone, Christopher “C3” Cardone, Anthony Cox, Billy Dickens, Emerson Drive, Sean Feucht, Foghat, Marc Grabowski, Wylie Gustafson, Carol Kaye, Geno Kreis, Rob Kohler, Michael Manring, Stewart Mckinsey, Darren Michaels, Brady Muckelroy, Vince Neil, Adam Nitti, Dave Pomeroy, Psycadelic Furs, Benny Reitveldt, Kelly Roberty, Rich Ross, Billy Sheehan, Russell Smith (of the Amazing Rhythm Aces), Norm Stockton, Randy Tico, Eddie Tsuru, Twisted Sister, Michael Tyrrell, Gerald Veasley, Trip Wamsley, Doug Wimbish And Neil Zaza.
Greg has been a professional musician and teacher both since 1989. During that time he has cultivated himself to be a teacher of other musicians and has gained vast knowledge and experience in sculpting others to meet their goals. This experience has made him knowledgeable of instruments, sound equipment and the workings of a music team as a whole. He has served as a worship team member at four churches. Currently Greg leads the worship arts dept at his home church, and continues to grow his heart and skill for worship leading. Running his own business and his developing marriage coaching skills will prove useful in the leadership and guidance of those he assists to improve their skills.
Greg’s goal is the building up of those around him in ways that they can understand. Being a strong teacher isn’t about being right; it is about leading in a way that others will follow you. Finding the way to teach a person the way they need to be taught is a skill Greg has developed through years of practice and listening to students.
WORSHIP TEAM EXPERIENCE
Several years working with worship teams at different levels has given Greg the opportunity to see them from many vantage points. These experiences have had him everywhere from leading worship to running sound and everything in between. Knowing that these areas are all important and must all come together to facilitate a congregation to worship is a strength Greg brings with him.
During Greg’s years as a musician he has picked up many skills that add quality to his leadership abilities. Not only is Greg skilled in playing the bass, vocals, guitar, and drums, but he is knowledgeable in the theory behind the music and can teach those around him to read and understand the music they are playing. He has also spent many hours putting together and running sound systems, so his knowledge goes beyond the stage and into the overall sound of the team. Having knowledge of CCLI and how the music industry works, Greg will use “pop sensibilities” to be able to best utilize and choose music that is pertinent and worshipful.
ROSSITER KIDS COLLEGE 2013 & 2014
Introducing 20 kids at a time to guitar basics. We often run into many of these children at outreach programs at church and get to be the familiar face that allows them to feel comfortable and a sense of belonging.
HELENA FIRST ASSEMBLY YOUTH WORSHIP LEADERS 10/2011 – 9/2012
We spent a season as the leadership for the youth worship team at Helena first assembly. We were very blessed to be used by God to build those young musicians into some heavyweight worshipers! We finalized our time with the young adults by facilitating a practicum to adjudicate the kids as they progressed; we still maintain relationship with most of these students who are now young adults.
HELENA FIRST ASSEMBLY SMALL GROUP LEADERS 09/2011 – present
After reading an article online that stressed the importance of marriage enrichment and the lack of this being available in most churches, we approached our pastor about it and he said suggested we start leading a group at our church. We have been leading marriage enrichment small groups ever since and it has blossomed into a calling for us, leading us into the creation of website.
HELENA FIRST ASSEMBLY WORSHIP TEAM 6/2011 - present
Lisa and I began attending Helena first assembly in October of 2010. Pastor Rick let me know that I couldn't perform on worship team until Lisa and I were Married, So shortly after our wedding date June 4th of 2011, I began playing on the worship teams at Helena First assembly, including special music projects and Sunday worship.
FORTRESS OF JOY – WORSHIP ARTS DEPT HEAD 06/2016 –present
Wylie and the Wild West 10/2015 – 06/2017
Touring: Bass guitarist, mandolin and harmony vocalist.
Owner 9/2004 - present
Company was run as a retail store and housed multiple music instructors from April 2008 to December 2013 at which time I scaled back to only me doing lessons and setting up guitars. My wife had joined me in this endeavor back in October of 2009 and we continue to work side by side each and every day as I still teach privately and do repairs in our home facility.
PICCOLOS MUSIC 5/2006 – 3/2008
Rental Contract Writer, Electronics installation, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Luthier, Marketing, NAMM/Trade show representative, Promoting, Receiving/Ordering Sales, Salesman
BOZEMAN BASS BASH 1994 – 2012
Helped to create and facilitate the Bozeman Bass Bash, which has become the model used for bass centric events world wide. Helped in all areas from development and advertising to being a Bass Bash clinician who taught classes for participants.
PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN 11/1989 - Present
Band Leader, Bassist, Booking, Contract Writer, Electronics installation, Endorsee, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Luthier, Marketing, NAMM/Trade show representative, Promoting, Receiving/Ordering Sales, Salesman, Set-up and tear down crew, Shipping, Stringed instrument hardware assembly technician, Telemarketing, Touring, Vocalist
WORSHIP TEAM MEMBER 2006 - PRESENT
Worship team member at Valley Christian Fellowship (where I was the Musical Director from 2003-2006), Hannaford Street Bible Church and Helena First Assembly of God Church. Play Bass, guitar (acoustic and electric), drums, as well as vocals and youth worship team coach. And now currently Fortress of Joy Worship arts director.
BOZEMAN ADULT EDUCATION GUITAR INSTRUCTOR 2004
Instructed 180 guitar students per session for 2 sessions in 2004 in the Bozeman adult education program. This helped launch my guitar lesson business in Bozeman.
GIBSON GUITAR 4/2001 to 1/2002
Assembly, Buff, Construction, Detail sanding, Electronics installation, Final assembly, Finish sanding, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Neck shaping, (buttons & heel caps), Pick guard mfg., Quality control
NORTON GUITARS 3/2000 to 4/2001
Assembly, Buff, Construction, Contract writer, Delivery, Designer, Detail sanding, Electronics installation, Endorsee, Final assembly, Finish, Finish sanding, Finisher, Fretting, Gluing backs to rib structures, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Luthier, Marketing, NAMM/Trade show representative, Neck shaping, Promoting, Quality control, R & D, Receiving/Ordering, Sales, Salesman, Sanding sealer, Set-up and tear down crew, Shipping, Stain, Stringed instrument hardware assembly technician, Telemarketing.
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Greg is a great guy and a wonderful bassist! He will certainly help you get your playing to the next level. I highly recommend him!
Greg was very knowledgea and nice.
Greg is a best-in-class and excellent musician, and more importantly, he is able to translate those skills to his students in an easy-to-understand manner. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons, beginner or more, young or old.
As a music instructor, Greg is among the best in the business. He combines decades of musical knowledge with years of real world playing experience. He is a dedicated instructor with a real passion for teaching, and I highly recommend his music teaching services.+ Read More
I teach beginning guitar and whenever I have a student who asks to learn something that I don't know how to play, I go and take a few lessons from Greg. He is very good at helping students take their playing to the next level of proficiency.
Daughter loves it!
One of the most gifted bass guitar players I know. Also teaches electric guitar, acoustic guitar. Good teacher, knows how to help others become beter.
Greg has been teaching me acoustic guitar for almost a year now. His passion for what he does comes out in his teaching and his students are the better for it. He really helped me grow as a new guitar player and I have him to thank for that. In addition to being very knowledgeable about music, he was extremely flexible in developing a curriculum that fit what I was looking for. Very highly recommended!+ Read More
Greg has the ability to understand and know where any musician is at in their quest for knowledge about how to play their instruments with more confidence. He listens and is very intent on the students needs and not trying to overwhelm them with too much. Greg has helped me with a better understanding of how to play my bass better along with encouraging me to step out a little more to learn the whys and how comes we all wonder about music at times. He also enjoys learning from our own joirneys in music. I would recommend Greg to anyone, every time it is worth it. I have found new levels of playing the bass that i did not know that existed in me. He is just a great all around Christian man who loves to serve the Lord with those who God has put in his path.+ Read More
Greg was awesome with my daughter. She struggles with confidence and has some learning difficulties. He was patient, kind and fun! I would highly recommend him!!
My lessons were always very refreshing, challenging, and inspiring. I always looked forward to the lessons and left feeling supported and excited to continue to improve my playing.
My daughter's skills and confidence playing the guitar really flourished after we transferred to Greg.
Greg's expertise is tops! From intonation, to chops, to expression, to rhythm. It's all there.
Greg has taught myself, my son and my daughter all guitar and has done a fantastic job! He is always encouraging and full of knowledge.
Gregory is an excellent teacher! Even when I was ready to give it up, because my playing sounded terrible, Greg encouraged me to keep going and told me it sounded fine. The more I played, the better it did sound. Now I can actually play! He also has lots of tips and tricks to help you along. Best instructor ever!+ Read More
Having worked with Greg over the course of several years now, I have the deepest respect for his teaching ability. As a performer with over 25 years of experience, I find it a rare and special talent for someone as gifted as Greg is (as an artist) to be as humble and willing to listen as he most certainly is. He promotes a learning atmosphere of safety while also ensuring excellence is produced by students. His grasp on musical theory is second to none, and his skill as a seasoned guitarist ensures that what is being taught by him is both credible and of the highest standards.
I am privileged to know Greg personally as well as professionally, and I can vouch (once again) for his humility, skill, professionalism, credibility as a working artist, integrity, and work ethic. His heart is to watch the lights go on in his students and his passion in doing so serve to distinguish him as one of th
Great attitude every time you came in to practice. You can tell he has a passion for what he does and that he wants you to learn and understand guitar. It was an incredible experience getting to work with him. I still have every song and music theory paper he gave me, and I still study them. All in all he is a great teacher.+ Read More
Greg helped me start playing bass and to progress to the level where I'm playing on my church's worship team 2x per month with comfort and fun! He's very knowledgeable and easy to learn from.
Gregory is a fantastic teacher! He is very knowledgeable and conveys this knowledge in a way that is easy to understand. He is attentive to the needs of his students and supportive of individual goals!
Greg is an excellent teacher. Thoroughly knowledgeable and extremely encouraging. He is able to teach you needed theory through the songs and styles you want to learn rather than forcing you through a one-size-fits-all system. You'll be glad you took lessons from him.+ Read More
Awesome! Talented musician and great teacher!
Gregory's skill and knowledge of guitar is absolutely outstanding! The best part is that his lessons are delivered in a way that are easy to understand and follow. He's opened my eyes to music theory by teaching me in a way that I can understand. Just fantastic!+ Read More