Michael Decena

Michael D.

Allston, MA

Lesson Details

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I'm all about the pocket and feel. Being technical is cool but having a great foundation makes bass playing fun! If people are dancing/vibing then you're playing some BASS.

My lessons caters to my student and usually involve around attacking your weaknesses and trying to grow from there. We can learn your favorite songs to understanding and build a solid musical theory and harmony language on bass. You'll be able to translate that knowledge, if you wanted, to any instrument.
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Michael teaches



Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 30

Teaching since:
June 2015

Graduated Berklee College of Music majoring in Performance and self-studying arranging and composition
Self Taught
Experience tutoring in theory and playing
My lessons involve going through your weakness and teach you ways to help fix them instead of forcing topics. I go by what the student wants to learn and what I think you need to help in.


Music Director
Jan 2016 - Present

Arrange/compose as a band leader or directing other's groups.

Session Musician, Bassist
Jan 2012 - Present

Over 100 hours of recording for:
• Fordham High School for the Arts (Jazz) (Lehman College Studios, NYC) 2014
• Voices of Berklee (Pop) 2015 (The Record Company, Boston MA)
• Trap Music Orchestra (Trap/Jazz/Hip-Hop) 2015 - Fall 2016 (Berklee Studios, Boston MA)
• Marianna Secca Group (Folk/Portuguese) 2014- Present (Berklee Studio, Boston MA)
• MARO - 1st Album with Mariana Secca (Folk/World) 2017 (Wellspring Studios, Acton
• Lisa Oduor Noah - Various Projects (Jazz/Soul/World) 2016-Current (Berklee Studio, Boston MA)
• Caleb Hensinger Group (Jazz/Soul) 2014 (The Record Company, Boston MA)
• Jazz Revelation 2015 (Jazz) (Jazz Revelation Records, Boston MA)
• Student Projects at Berklee College (Styles Vary) (Berklee Studios, Boston MA)

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Oct 2006 - Present

Playing bass with groups and notable artist such as:
• Marianna Secca (2015- Current)
• Lisa Oduor Noah (2015 - Current)
• Qassim and the Juggernauts (August 2017 - Current)
• Trap Music Orchestra (2015-2016)
• Bernard Purdie (Past for a New York Radio Event 2014)
• Yoron Israel (Past 2015- Church)
• J.D. Blair and Derico Watson ( Berklee Bass Weekend, Summer 2013) • York College Blue Notes (Big Band) (2011-2014)
• Kenny Werner (2014 Opportunity during NYU Audition)
• J.T. Lewis (with York College Blue Notes 2013-2014)

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Teacher Assistant
Jun 2015 - Dec 2017
Berklee College of Music


Sep 2014 - Dec 2017
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Can You Stand the Rain
Message of Hope
Paramore Arrangement
No Way
Rolling in the Deep
O Que Sera De Ti

Playing bass on the track
Photo by Michael D.

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