Bass Guitar Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate
About Sasha V.
Originally from the UK, I travelled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally, supported major acts such as Kid Rock, Ben Harper, Bastille, Ludacris, Cypress Hill and The Roots to name but a few, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands such as members of Portishead, Massive Attack, Robert Plant's Band of Joy and The Black Keys and composed music scores for two feature films and various shorts along with directing my own music video and having my music featured in various movies and TV shows. I also have booked acts across the US and organised music festivals in Los Angeles. I recently appeared on the cover of Guitar Girl Magazine, and I am also a contributing writer.
I have vast skills from performance to management, booking, PR and placements in film and television. Whether you are looking to just begin learning an instrument for fun or would like to take your skills further and move towards becoming a professional musician, I have the skills and expertise to help you along every step of the way. I tailor each lesson to meet the needs of the student, teaching them exactly what they would like to learn and having lots of fun doing it!
*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Yamaha Mini Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Drums and other Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc
*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard
*** Specialities ***
Specialising in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Cert IV in Contemporary Music from Southbank Tafe, Brisbane Australia
Teaching since 2010
What a great first lesson! Invaluable information learned to get me and my 6 year old off to a fun and positive start playing the ukulele. Sasha is very knowledgeable, patient and great with kids!
Learn something new every time! I appreciate articles and resources Sasha shares and the encouragement she offers to be comfortable. Great lesson as always!
Great intro lesson and sharing of resources to utilize! Feeling excited and encouraged!
Great 1st lesson!!!. Looking forward to working with Sasha.. Very professional and courteous...
Sasha is so very patient with my son. He looks forward to his weekly lessons.
Great lesson. Very knowledgeable. Love her teaching style.
I was nervous before I arrived and excited when I left. She was nice and very patient. Her professionalism is a confidence boost at least for me it was. She’s excellent, so if you’re trying to decide on a instructor, look no further.
She is great. Had a good lesson.
It was a great first lesson (& experience with online lessons)!
Patient and helpful. Pushes me when I want to give up! :)
Really lovely and professional
Patient and informative.
Absolutely fantastic now I know where do you start
Good communication so excited 😎
My 9 year old loved her first harmonica lesson with Sasha! Great teacher!!
She was friendly, went over my experience with Piano (I'm a beginner), asked what I knew, what books if any I had been using and then tailored a plan based off this feedback.
Great first lesson! Look forward to the next very patient teacher.
Great lesson, I learned a lot from just one lesson. Cant wait for more classes.
Sasha is very patient with me even as I have not been practicing as consistently as I should and am struggling with the basics..
My daughter loved it. We will be booking more lessons. She was very kind and welcoming
Sasha was great. She was kind and provided feedback to aid in improvements in breathing and technique.
She had a lot of patience with my six year old for his first lesson and we look forward to more!
Very helpful. Kind.
"She's amazing", my twelve year old daughter says. She was patient, kind, funny and has so much information to pass on to her students.
Sasha is a wonderful teacher. She has encouraged my 11 year old daughter to love the harmonica. She is professional, talents and an excellent teacher.
Sasha knows what I’m looking for so we should work well together
Sasha is pleasant, supportive, flexible, and extremely knowledgeable in the area of vocal performance. I would highly recommend her!
Sasha is a tremendous teacher. She is wonderful with kids and teens. Inspiring, encouraging, and supportive, with clear and effective lesson plans. We highly recommend her.
Sasha is amazing! My daughter loves working with her. I totally recommend you meet her.
I think Sash is a good instructor. I'm waiting to see where it goes before giving 5 stars
Sasha is a wonderful teacher. Very impressed with the progress our daughter is making. She looks forward to her lesson with Sasha & practices without me asking.
Very nice, kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommending her.
Sasha is very nice and friendly. My child can follow her instructions easily and having fun in her class. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn music.
Sasha is great! My daughter cannot stop talking about how much fun she had. She also has been practicing for over an hour! I am so glad we chose Sasha!!
I've loved working with Sasha! Not only is she extremely knowledgable, but she's super flexible, catering her lessons to my specific voice goals. I have to strongly cosign what other reviewers have said about her ability to put you at ease - I came into our first lesson with a lifelong fear of singing in front of others, but I walked out her door that first day with so much confidence. What can I say - she creates a really chill, safe place to make a fool out of myself. Sasha's truly awesome and makes singing so accessible, and the difference I noticed in my singing after 1 lesson was remarkable. Plus she has the sweetest toddler on earth who much to my delight will join some of our lessons. I feel Sasha has given me some amazing training I can use for the rest of my life.Show More
Charlotte enjoys the time spend with Sasha and is developing a good practice habit!
Very knowledgeable about singing exercises,the different styles, singing in general. I look forward to our next session.
This first lesson was really solid. She helped us figure out the right size guitar and begin the basics. We are looking forward to more lessons.
Sasha is a very good teacher, extremely patient and attentive. She does a good job of structuring the lessons around your specific needs, adapting them to suit your level of knowledge and skills, allowing you to grow and learn in a relaxed and productive environment.Show More
My daughter enjoyed Sasha very much and is looking forward to her lessons with her. She added in a vocal portion to the lesson at our request.
Sasha is a great teacher in any genre. She provides a judgement free session that really made me feel comfortable singing
Lessons with Sasha are great. Ive only ever sung to myself and rarely in a band setting, so nerves are pretty high. Sasha is non-judgemental and seeks to find areas of weakness and assigns lessons that serve to correct them. I look forward to lessons and sense improvement with eack week.Show More
She is a wonderful young woman and was helpful to me on my very first visit. I will most likely be seeing her in my future as I re-learn paino.
Awesome teacher, constructive criticism, and never hinders your creative ability. She helps you reach your potential from beginner to expert :)
Is comfortable and easy to learn. she is a really good teacher
Sasha is so nice and knowledgeable. Very smart and professional too. I have learned so much in a short period of time. I look forward to working with her for a long time. I got lucky choosing her!
Miss Sasha (as my 5 year old calls her) is truly an awesome teacher. She is patient and knows exactly what she is doing! My son enjoyed the classes and when he had trouble with one instrument, she had no problem working with us, allowing him to try another. My only regret is that we could not continue the class. I recommend her for all levels of students!Show More
10 stars! She was awesome and did a great job. She is attentive to detail. Very thorough and didn't overwhelm with too much information. Absolutely recommend!
Sasha helps to improve my vocal fundamentals and provides me with targeted advice to improve songs that I currently sing during live performances. She's awesome!
It was great, my daughter felt very comfortable with her instructor!
Great first lesson! I learned a lot from Sasha in a short period of time and look forward to continuing my sessions with her.
Great teacher. Works at my pace and gives great tips/reminders throughout the lesson. Flexible for scheduling and punctual. I have really improved my playing since I started taking lessons with her.
Sasha is a wonderful teacher who really listens to what you want to get out of your sessions!
Sasha is a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend her!
Very knowledgeable and willing to do the research if you present with a new challenge. I have been a singer most of my life, with only limited training. I had reached a point where my voice was failing. She has helped me to reconstruct my approach to singing and has saved my voice. I am in my 40's but am now singing better and more consistently that I have at anytime in my life! Highly Recommended!Show More
Sasha is awesome! I'm 18 and I've been taking guitar and voice lessons from Sasha for several months now and I've improved way more than I expected. She really listens to her customers and tailors the lessons to each individual. I choose which songs I want to learn each week, and she teaches me exactly what I want to know. Couldn't have asked for a better instructor--I'm so pleased with all she's helped me accomplish.Show More
Sasha gave beginning acoustic guitar lessons to our 11 year old daughter in our home. Our daughter can be very shy at first, Sasha did a fantastic job communicating with her, encouraging her, building her confidence and practice skills, working with music that my daughter knows and likes. Highly recommended!Show More
Sasha is a wonderful guitar instructor for my 14 yr old daughter! She teaches her vocals along with her guitar lessons and my daughter enjoys it. She is patient, kind and encouraging to her students. She teaches my daughter how to play current artist songs that a teenager would like, as well as the traditional guitar. I enjoy having her as an instructor for my daughter.Show More
I am so happy that we made this move. Sasha is an amazing teacher with such great patience with children. My daughter Tressie(10) looks forward to every Tuesday!! Our family and friends have noticed such a great change in Tressie's vocals and her love for music. Thank you Sasha for taking us on and working so hard with Tressie!! We love you and can't wait to see where the New Year takes us.Show More
Sasha is wonderful! My 6 yr old daughter has really enjoyed her harmonica lessons. It's so convenient to be able to do it online via Google hangouts. Sasha is a patient, fabulous instructor
Sasha is a WONDERFUL teacher. My 9 year old daughter is learning guitar and voice from Sasha and she loves it! Sasha is very patient as well as very knowledgeable about her craft. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a great music teacher!
If you have a daughter who wants to learn to play a guitar CALL SASHA!!!! She is great with teenagers. Our daughter already played violin so she already knew how to read music and had an understanding of playing instruments. We just wanted to get her started so she could carry on by herself. When we explained this to Sasha, she made sure our daughter's lessons let her do just what we asked for. She is very understanding of the typical shyness of teenage girls and helped our daughter flourish in many ways. I would recommend Sasha to anyone, any age, or any needs.Show More
If you are looking for the BEST way to take your musical interest to the next level, then you need to call Sasha right now. She is the BEST. She is patient, flexible, and extremely talented. She will ask you the right questions before, during, and after your lessons to customize her teaching methods to your skill level and your future potential musical level to ensure you get the most out of your lessons. She will even get you to exceed your anticipated goals and go where you never thought you would be able to go with your untapped musical talent that she will bring out in you, as a result of her personalized, intuitive teaching methods. She is vastly experienced, multi-talented, and extremely successful and recognized as one of the BEST, Professional Musicians and Vocalists in her field. Her advisors, choreographers, and composers extend from the Atlanta area to the heart of other musical cities such as Nashville.
Do yourself a favor and call Sasha if you are interested in taking vocal lessons and having these vocal lessons make a difference in your life, and maybe in others around you. She really is the BEST.
I love having Sasha as a vocal teacher. She is professional and keeps my schedule updated and always lets me know way ahead of time if she needs to cancel or anything like that.
Besides that, she is a phenomenal vocal instructor, and I definitely recommend her to any interested prospects. In the short month and a half's worth of lessons, I have noticed improved vocal stamina, more vocal strength and stability whilst singing low end notes, how to properly use the muscles in my throat to sing, learned proper breathing and warmup techniques and cool little drink recipes for how to make my throat not feel like death! I have even gotten a couple compliments from people saying that I have gotten better!
She definitely has catered to my voice, unlike many vocal teachers that teach you to sing just like they do, but she has definitely worked with me to help me achieve my goals with my voice. She also has a wide skill set and offers so much more than just singing lessons!
Once again, I HIGHLY recommend this teacher. Very knowledgeable, and so far has proven very effective. Not to mention, she has a BRITISH accent, which is the coolest thing in the world; that honestly should be the selling point right there...no question about it!
Give her a shot!
Great Vocal Coach
So many voice teachers that I had in the past focused ONLY on singing classical styles. My teenage son is not looking to be an opera star, but needed help with his range and breathing to sing rock, pop, and musical theater. Sasha has professional experience performing this type of music and is giving my son some useful and practical techniques to help him in the real world of today's music. She is patient, knowledgeable, and seems to really care about her students. Big thumbs up!
Sasha is an excellent teacher! Her knowledge is diverse in musical style as well as range of instruments, she is a true musician. Sasha is very patient & encouraging. She has reignited a spark of passion in me & expressed a true desire for my success. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take their music to the next level.
My Daughter LOVES her lessons with Sasha
I bought my daughter (age 6) a guitar for Christmas and figured I should at least invest in a few lessons unless I wanted the guitar to gather dust! I didn't realize just how much fun my daughter would have... Sasha is very patient, even with a 6 yr. old's very limited attention span. I listen in from the kitchen and I love how Sasha will gently incorporate music back into the conversation when my daughter starts to stray. She also takes the time to prepare for the lesson by creating music lesson plans from my daughter's favorite artists. We've only been taking lessons for about a month, but I was really pleased when my daughter pulled out her guitar to show her aunt the things she's learned thus far.
Sasha V.Presents/ Echoes West Festival/Barfly<Birmingham Academy
Originally from Birmingham, UK I worked as a stage manager for the Barfly and Birmingham Academy, two of the largest music venues in the area. After moving overseas I became a well-respected promoter for various venues across Los Angeles for the last few years, I also am the founder and curator of the Echoes West Festival in Los Angeles which has featured major acts from across the globe.
Sash The Bash./Spindrift/The Silver Chords/Midnight Larks/The Mobsters/The Warlocks
Toured internationally, performed and interviewed on major TV, radio stations and at music festivals, appeared in various major publications across the globe. Music has been featured on TV shows such as East Bound and Down and Californication on HBO and movies such as Quentin Tarantino's "Hellride". Composed music for many other feature films and shorts, currently have a publishing deal with BMG to feature music in more movies, TV shows and commercials.
Southbank Tafe, Brisbane Australia
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Southbank Tafe, Brisbane, Australia