- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+
- Teaching since:
I come from a musical family, my grandmother was an Opera signer at the Metropolitan in New York for a season before getting married, this was in the early 1900s. So I had musical training from an early age at the house hold. Later in grade school I learned to play the flute because my mother refused to buy me a drum set. It was not really my instrument though.
Then I started playing the electric bass guitar at roughly 11 or 12 so I could perform in a friends punk rock band. I kept up with it as I grew up and in my 20s I purchased my from contra or double bass, sometimes also known as a upright or stand-up bass. Although I had a day job I lead and performed with an impromptu jazz group known as the Wise Men of Gotham, once I lost the day job I started touring with cover and review or tribute bands. Eventually the drummer of the band which was my main staple for money broke his collar bone so I applied for a music scholarship and went to college in my mid-twenties.
While in college I received not only my first formal bass lesson but also started managing small jazz combos and we even recorded an album. Meanwhile I was touring the south of the USA with a blues band. Unfortunately the college I obtained a scholarship to did not offer Classical orchestra and so after a few years I left college after auditioning for and making it into the Fort Worth Civic Symphony Orchestra in Texas. While playing for them I became a musical director at a local synagogue and learned from the Cantor about musical notation predating the form used today which was adapted by the Monk Gregory.
I left the Symphony and Texas in my late twenties venturing off to tour Europe playing in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland before heading back to Stockholm Sweden and setting up came there for the next year. At that point in my career I had started to perfect singing and playing bass at the same time. The only cover I knew by heart at first was a Bob Dylan song, "Call Letter Blues" and a Swedish diplomat requested I sing it a lot because it reminded him of the Vietnam Era.
The following year I left Sweden, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize (which are awarded in Stockholm Sweden), and I began work on writing up my musicology research on Siegel Harmonics. The foundational study I published in my early thirties after completing the blind peer-review required to publish an academic journal.
I just had an opportunity at this time to teach some local refugees a bit about music while I was living in Sweden. They don't really get much of an education due to their situation as a refugee and all. So I like to highlight that if only to say I taught a few people at least this one subject I know with the hope that my story might encourage my future students to pass on what I teach. Who knows it might actually be the only thing they might ever teach someone without any sort of real education in any field.
Or maybe it is just a shout out to my own teachers for teaching me so I could teach them. I don't know but it was an experience.
Started as fourth chair before moving to third chair in the following season.
Performed with Swang Lin while he played 1 of the 12 remaining Stradivarius violins left in the world.
Worked in sectionals with bassist to perfect bowing and synchronization
Networked with other musicians to promote local city culture
Arrange music for celebration
Arrange for local musicians to perform for the congregation
Network with the local community