Josh Needleman

Josh N.

San Rafael, CA

Lesson Details



Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
August 1989

Josh N. (BA) teaches at Bananas at Large in San Rafael (Marin County) California. Known for his patience, excellent playing skills, and thorough knowledge of the bass, Josh has been successfully teaching electric and upright bass students from all levels and genres since 1995. Students can expect to study their favorite music, tone production, applied chord and scale bass theory, slap bass, walking bass, bassline construction, bass solo construction, building basslines from chord symbols, note reading, arco (bow) studies for upright bass, interval ear training, interval location studies, and note memorization techniques. Josh recently completed his own bass instruction manual which will guide the students even more! 

*** Lesson Details ***
Tone Production
Favorite Basslines
Scale and Chord Shape Studies
Note Memorization Exercises
Blues in all Keys
Understanding the Uniqueness of all Keys
Walking Bass Techniques
Reading Notes & Rhythms
Creating Bass Parts from Chord Symbols
Slap Bass
Bass Chords
Ear training
Interval Studies
Bow Studies (Upright)
Etudes (Upright)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private studio

Two Amps
Music Stands
Bass Teaching Library (books & audio recordings)
Waiting Room with WiFi and Seating

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching aides provided. Student must have amp, instrument, and music stand, and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Your Favorite Songs & Styles (Rock, Jazz, Funk, Bluegrass, Reggae, Latin, Pop, Hip Hop, Classical, etc.)

Composing Bass Lines

Timing and Playing In The Pocket

How To Jam

Proper Two Finger Plucking Technique

Left Hand Technique and Tone Production

Walking Bass Line Techniques and Construction

Outrageous Slap Bass

Bass Soloing

Reading From Chord Symbols

Bass Note Reading

Practical Applied Bass Music Theory

Playing Upright Bass With A Bow (Arco)

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One of the more obscure Peppers Tracks... Just a short version with all the parts.
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This solo bass version takes you to the jam section.
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This is a cool bass part by Shon Meckfessel of Cake.
Again I played the three sections of the song in a quick solo arrangement solo bass.
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A little bit of Spanish Castle Magic!
Photo by Josh N.

Photo by Josh N.


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