James Tommey

James T.

Austin, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About James T.

I was exposed to good music from the day I was born in Bath, England thanks to my father, a lifelong musician working as an instrumentalist and recording engineer. I was introduced to Steeley Dan, The Who and Stan Getz as soon as I could operate a CD player and I began going to gigs with my dad’s various cover bands as soon as I could carry speaker cables.

My formal musical education began with the clarinet at age eight and sax at age thirteen. It wasn't until a group of friends were forming a band when I was fifteen that I picked up the bass.I went on to win a scholarship and study at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I studied under some of the greatest bass players and musicians around today, including Matthew Garrison and Lincoln Goines. I graduated from Berklee in 2009 with a BMus in Performance and moved to Austin, TX soon after.

Since moving to Austin I’ve become an in-demand bassist for Country artists, singer-songwriters, alternative rock bands and Jazz combo’s. I have been performing and touring as a sideman with Kristen Kelly (Sony/RCA Nashville), Rich O’Toole, Zack Walther, Cari Hutson and have performed with Texas legend Kinky Friedman.

I am currently touring the South Western US with Zack Walther and the Awe Hells, Cari Hutson and Matt Caldwell.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to suit each individual student depending on your age, ability and musical background. Some of the areas I cover are:

- Basic Technique
- Groove and Rhythm
- Playing as part of a rhythm section
- Jamming
- Advanced Techniques (Slap. Chords, etc)
- Repertoire (All Styles)
- Theory taught along side repertoire
- Bass line construction
- Soloing
- Jazz Harmony

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bass Amp with splitter for two basses. Macbook Pro with large monitor and studio quality speakers. iPad, music stand and large library of sheet music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will need a bass amplifier, a stereo to play music through and a music stand. I will provide a splitter box so that both instruments can be played through one amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Bass Guitar education. As I focus on the Bass Guitar I am able to teach all styles of contemporary music from Jazz to Rock to Latin and everything in between.

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Jae K.

best bass teacher ive ever had

James really knows his stuff....teaches theory as well as makes the lesson fun by allowing you to play what you want....Definitely recommend him to those looking to improve or learn while not being stressed out.

Posted Feb 3, 2014

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