Jacob Miranda

Jacob M.

San Diego, CA

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Jacob delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12 to 50

Teaching since:
May 2005

When I was younger, music pretty much fell into my lap. I had never listened to music, nor played an instrument. I owe it all to my neighbor, who was my best friend, and older brother I never had. I envied everything he did, and bass was one of the many things he did well that stuck with me.

I started in a garageband, that is what shaped me into what I am today. Sitting in a room and learning song after song is great, but having an open personality and warming up to other musicians will open doors you would never believe. Learn to ask questions, be assertive, be extroverted in music, go to concerts, immerse yourself!

Not long after getting familiar with the bass , I took private professional bass guitar lessons with Berklee college of music graduates, Damon and Dominic Castillo, as well as master jazz guitarist, Jerry Coelho out of Santa Maria, CA. Eventually branching out with Argentine bassist , Ernesto Gonzales. He helped me with chordal theory, and ideas on playing world style music.

Based on your skill level, we would start from the beginning and touch on single notes. Do you know the names of each note on each string, do you know the octaves, where they can all be found in a split second. This helps because the guitar neck repeats in many positions, so having a handle on that portion will fast forward you into more in depth theory. Interval training, ear training, triads, arpeggios.. the building blocks of bass playing. Chords are a great way to take bass to a new level, especially when composing your own material. Scales are great for finger dexterity, and for musical conversation with other like minded musicians. Knowing what scale to play on what note based on the chord played by the other musician. It all sounds difficult, but so does chemistry or math, the more you practice and make it FUN, the better.

Hope to hear from you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
1 practice amp and 1 bass on my part and their part

*** Specialties ***
Fingerstyle, alternate picking, left hand technique (muting, ghost notes) Slap-Pop, Tap. Fluent in Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rock ,Alternative, pretty much all around.

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Self- Employed

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Apr 2006 - Aug 2007
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BS in health sciences, minor in music
Aug 2008 - Aug 2010
San Diego State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


2 time Best Hip Hop Band "The Lyrical Groove"
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Photos & Videos

@Bellyup with #sisterspeakmusic

@block16 with @lyricalgroove

Live Performance with Sister Speak. They are based in San Diego, but are originally from Canada.
Playing alongside San Diego based, hip-hop band, Lyrical Groove.
Playing along side fellow Take Lessons Teachers, and hometown band mates at the Loft in UCSD's campus.
Playing at Humphrey's by the bay with #sisterspeakmusic. Quite an experience. over 3,000 people in attendance.
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