Michael Barracato

Michael B.

Boston, MA

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+

Teaching since:
September 2011

Michael is a bass enthusiast and instructor specializing in one-on-one lessons for electric bass. He is a Berklee College of Music Alumni and soon to be a certified teacher of the highly successful Stinnett Applied Music Method. Michael is a featured artist teaching at bass clinics and festivals around the world.

Michael has performed and studied with world-renowned educators and accomplished performers including:
• Jim Stinnett (world-renowned Berklee professor, instructor of Mike Gordon from Phish, Brent Rusinow from Allen Stone, and Ben Mckee from Imagine Dragons, among other very successful bassists)
• Michael Manring (“Bassist of the Year” Bass Player Magazine 1994)
• Tommy Arey (current drummer of J. Geils Band)
• Joe Hunt (Stan Getz, Bill Evans)
• Richie Hart
• Shane Allessio
• Celso Pixinga
• Ney Neto
• Thiago Espirito Santo
• Rob Gourlay
• Dave Buda
• Brent Rusinow
• Grant Stinnett
• Sergio Groove
• Everett Pendleton
• Bruce Gertz
• Ebhino Cardoso
• Danny Morris

As a teacher and performer, Michael continues to be heavily involved in numerous Stinnett Music events such as the Pixinga Bass Festival(Brazil), New Hampshire Bass Fest, Michael Manring Bass Workout, Funk Bass Workout, Slap & Tap Bass Workout, Jazz Bass Workout, Motown Bass Workout and various others. Educational performances by Michael can also be heard at Berklee College of Music, as he is occasionally invited to demonstrate études and transcription pieces.

Michael offers both bass lessons in Boston and online bass lessons. His goal is to make the learning of music as enjoyable as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our motto is, "Less Talk, More Music."  For you, the student, that means you will be learning by ear. Your lessons and practice will be focused on making music by playing your instrument with play-alongs. The play-along CD's will be provided at no additional cost.

By helping you focus on specific elements of music, we'll take the confusion out of the learning process by breaking music down into bite-sized parts, making learning stress-free and, most importantly, as fun as it can be. Having provided for students from ages 8 to 65, I teach with a focused approach designed around your goals and needs.

The whole point of taking lessons is to make playing music more enjoyable. Whether you’re a beginner or you've been playing for years, we'll work together at your level and help you learn to play what you want to play.

- Michael

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basses, music stands, amps and a music player are available in studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to your location, a bass, music player, and minor amplification can still be provided for you during your lesson if necessary.

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Experience

Bass Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Real Bass Lessons

Michael is a bass enthusiast and instructor specializing in one-on-one lessons for electric bass. He is a Berklee College of Music Alumni and soon to be a certified teacher of the highly successful Stinnett Applied Music Method. Michael is a featured artist teaching at bass clinics and festivals around the world.

Michael has performed and studied with world-renowned educators and accomplished performers including:
• Jim Stinnett (world-renowned Berklee professor, instructor of Mike Gordon from Phish, Brent Rusinow from Allen Stone, and Ben Mckee from Imagine Dragons, among other very successful bassists)
• Michael Manring (“Bassist of the Year” Bass Player Magazine 1994)
• Tommy Arey (current drummer of J. Geils Band)
• Joe Hunt (Stan Getz, Bill Evans)
• Richie Hart
• Shane Allessio
• Celso Pixinga
• Ney Neto
• Thiago Espirito Santo
• Rob Gourlay
• Dave Buda
• Brent Rusinow
• Grant Stinnett
• Sergio Groove
• Everett Pendleton
• Bruce Gertz
• Ebhino Cardoso
• Danny Morris

As a teacher and performer, Michael continues to be heavily involved in numerous Stinnett Music events such as the Pixinga Bass Festival(Brazil), New Hampshire Bass Fest, Michael Manring Bass Workout, Funk Bass Workout, Slap & Tap Bass Workout, Jazz Bass Workout, Motown Bass Workout and various others. Educational performances by Michael can also be heard at Berklee College of Music, as he is occasionally invited to demonstrate études and transcription pieces.

Michael offers both bass lessons in Boston and online bass lessons. His goal is to make the learning of music as enjoyable as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our motto is, "Less Talk, More Music." For you, the student, that means you will be learning by ear. Your lessons and practice will be focused on making music by playing your instrument with play-alongs. The play-along CD's will be provided at no additional cost.

By helping you focus on specific elements of music, we'll take the confusion out of the learning process by breaking music down into bite-sized parts, making learning stress-free and, most importantly, as fun as it can be. Having provided for students from ages 8 to 65, I teach with a focused approach designed around your goals and needs.

The whole point of taking lessons is to make playing music more enjoyable. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing for years, we'll work together at your level and help you learn to play what you want to play.

- Michael

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Education

Bass Performance
Sep 2010 - Present
Berklee College of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bass Performance
Sep 2011
Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music Alumni and soon to be a certified teacher of the highly successful Stinnett Applied Music Method. Michael is a featured artist teaching at bass clinics and festivals around the world.

Michael has performed and studied with world-renowned educators and accomplished performers including:
• Jim Stinnett (world-renowned Berklee professor, instructor of Mike Gordon from Phish, Brent Rusinow from Allen Stone, and Ben Mckee from Imagine Dragons, among other very successful bassists)
• Michael Manring (“Bassist of the Year” Bass Player Magazine 1994)
• Tommy Arey (current drummer of J. Geils Band)
• Joe Hunt (Stan Getz, Bill Evans)
• Richie Hart
• Shane Allessio
• Celso Pixinga
• Ney Neto
• Thiago Espirito Santo
• Rob Gourlay
• Dave Buda
• Brent Rusinow
• Grant Stinnett
• Sergio Groove
• Everett Pendleton
• Bruce Gertz
• Ebhino Cardoso
• Danny Morris

As a teacher and performer, Michael continues to be heavily involved in numerous Stinnett Music events such as the Pixinga Bass Festival(Brazil), New Hampshire Bass Fest, Michael Manring Bass Workout, Funk Bass Workout, Slap & Tap Bass Workout, Jazz Bass Workout, Motown Bass Workout and various others. Educational performances by Michael can also be heard at Berklee College of Music, as he is occasionally invited to demonstrate études and transcription pieces.

Michael offers both bass lessons in Boston and online bass lessons. His goal is to make the learning of music as enjoyable as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our motto is, "Less Talk, More Music." For you, the student, that means you will be learning by ear. Your lessons and practice will be focused on making music by playing your instrument with play-alongs.

By helping you focus on specific elements of music, we'll take the confusion out of the learning process by breaking music down into bite-sized parts, making learning stress-free and, most importantly, as fun as it can be. Having provided for students from ages 8 to 65, I teach with a focused approach designed around your goals and needs.

The whole point of taking lessons is to make playing music more enjoyable. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing for years, we'll work together at your level and help you learn to play what you want to play.

- Michael

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Awards

Stinnett Applied Music Method
Sep 2013
Stinnett Music

Photos & Videos

Hi there, the internet can seem like a mysterious place so in case it is helpful, here is a quick video of me on bass and speaking to show that I am indeed human.

Anyways "Less talk, more bass!". I look forward to hearing your playing.


-Michael
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Lucas G. Dec 22, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Michael is a terrific instructor, very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about playing and teaching bass.

I've had 3 bass teachers in the last 3 years. Michael was the only one who had a method and a plan. He is very persistent and makes sure you have the technique down. He's been the only teacher so far that has made a big difference in my playing.

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