Scott Giambusso

Scott G.

Silver Spring, MD
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About

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Scott delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
May 1987

A native of Washington DC, Scott has performed for over 45 years in various shows, bands & theaters. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith & John Colianni (accompanist for Mel Torme) to name a few.
He has also toured for the USO with Miss USA in Europe 85’ (With an 18 year old Halle Berry) and Miss USA in Central America 86’.
Besides playing a in few theater pits, Scott has also performed on the stage as a musical character in the Kennedy Center’s ‘92 production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, taking the role of inbred “Eddie” to new lows.
In 2005, upon the return of guitarist Dan Hovey from a NY career joined with drummer John Zidar to form Gigahertz [GHz]. The trio was an effort to reconnect with the music he grew up with. The band quickly became a known entity on the DC music scene.
Currently he is in his 15th year as a member of the Adjunct Jazz Faculty of Montgomery College, MD teaching electric bass and converting his students to upright bass players.
As a versatile musician, Scott is constantly changing hats to survive in an ever changing music climate and continues to work as a
full time musician in and around the Washington DC area. He has developed a reputation as a go to guy subbing for bands when they need
someone who can walk in and get the job done.
Besides teaching at Montgomery College and privately, he owns a recording studio making demos for local groups and also creates sheet
music for bands and singers.


*** Lesson Details ***
I am more than a teacher, I am a musical coach. I will offer exercises that will stimulate your musical creative juices. I quickly assess my students strong and weak points and guide the student how to become a balanced player. Emphasis on rhythm is always important. Whatever genre you wish to study I can guide you through the channels to reach your musical dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro-tools Recording studio
Fender deluxe hot rod amp for guitar
Fender Super Champ amp for guitar
Mark bass amp 1x12
Mark bass amp 2x6
Genz Benz shuttle 9 bass head
Genz Benz Uber cab. 4x10
Genz Benz bass cab' 2x10
Electro voice PA system.
Rogers Drum kit
Kurzweil Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Anything needed including amps, music, cables, books, metronome, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, dixieland, swing, bebop, contemporary and smooth.
Rock old school and contemporary
Folk and country

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Experience

Impresario
Mar 2014 - Present
Private company

A 45 year veteran of professional music in Washington DC
Scott G. is an established figure on the music horizon.
He has worked his life as a Musician / Singer / Composer / Teacher / Recording Engineer / Music Calligrapher / Booking Agent. As a multi instrumentalist, he can teach Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Classical and Electric Guitar, Ukulele, and Tuba. Also a skilled songwriter

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Education

Music / Sociology
Jan 2014 - Present
Bandstand University
music
Jan 1971 - Present
Bandstand University

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
May 1979

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

In 2001 I performed with Chuck Berry  Here is  Chuck handing me his guitar pick to help me tune his guitar.

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GHz performs original music  at DCs premier nightclub the Hamilton with guest singer Mary Ann Redmond
Scott performing on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery with 10 violins and an upright bassist

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Scott Plying Tuba in a show at Washington DCs Hamilton nightclub playing tuba performing  Springsteens's
E Street Shuffle

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Playing guitar duets at the Strathmore Mansion in Rockville with Bob Israel

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Performing at the Hamilton with power trio 
GHz

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Scott with GHz at the Barns of Wolf Trapp playing in a Warren Zevon tribute

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Playing  jazz in a steady restaurant gig

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Scott at the Cosmos Club Washington DC
performing Classical and Jazz music

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19 Reviews

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Sharla D. Feb 1, 2017
Guitar · In home

I am 34 years old and just decided one day to finally take guitar and singing lessons. I have absolutely no experience and Scott gave me the confidence I needed to finally pursue this dream. Thank you Scott!!

Dawn Nov 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Scott is kind, easy-going, knowledgeable, versatile, encouraging, patient, and quite talented. Music is his life, and he really enjoys time with students. He has all the equipment one might possibly need, and then some. I'm learning a lot about singing, and about myself, from him. Great guy, great teacher!

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Leah M. Aug 8, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Scott is an easy-going, talented natural teacher. Leah had a great first lesson!

Terri Aug 1, 2016
Music Performance · In studio

I love my lessons with Scott. Prior to 10 months ago, I had not sung one note in public. Strictly a shower singer. With Scott's help in performance, singing, and band leading, I am guest singing with 2 bands in town. Seriously, this is a dream come true! I can speak to, sing, and do things now that weren't even imagined a year ago. I am still learning, and Scott makes that fun. He challenges me because he knows of my goals, but it's done in a positive way. I will likely start learning the ukulele from him. Because of his experience, Scott is a great mentor. He is well respected among his peers, and well respected by me!

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Gabriel Jun 9, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

I have never used the ukulele before, however, within the first 15 minutes Scott had me playing songs along with him. He was very patient and helpful with any mistakes I was making. I am excited for out next lesson.

Candace K. May 16, 2016
Ukulele · In home

It's so much fun learning ukulele with Scott. I like his style of teaching. It's very laid back, and you feel like you are making music in your first few lessons. I'm looking forward to more lessons and feel motivated to practice and learn more.

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Ali E. Dec 29, 2015
Singing · In home

Scot is a great teacher and musician. He is truly passionate about music. If you love music, you will love having your lessons with Scott.

Clare D. Nov 20, 2015
Singing · In studio

Outstanding. Great teacher

Tim Sep 12, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio

Scott has changed the way I play music for the better. He is able to give me so many helpful and actually practical exercises that improve my technique so much. He is able to point out the your flaws and work with you, while keeping his lessons interesting and useful. With years of experience on his belt, he can teach you what you need in an efficient and respectful manner. On top of that, he is a pretty cool person. Definitely worth looking into taking lessons if you are searching for a teacher who works hard to improve technique.

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Bomi S. Sep 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

It was a fun first lesson. I look forward to the next one.

Nick Aug 24, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio

Scott is not only an incredible bassist and musician, but he is an passionate and willing teacher. He was able to tell right away what my strengths and weaknesses were as a musician, and he began to strengthen my weak points while improving my strong points as soon as the first lesson. No teacher in the past has been able to push my musical boundaries the way Scott has, and he has always found a way for me to understand even the most complex musical ideas. He has many years of experience to call upon as he teaches, and he never fails to show his wisdom.

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David Aug 2, 2015
Upright Bass · In home

Scott is an awesome musician and a great teacher! I am actually a trumpet player who meets with Scott (as often as possible) to learn jazz improvisation from a true master.

Scott has a gift for making complicated things seem easy. In a jazz improvisation lesson he told me, "The trick is to keep the melody in your head, while you're creating a completely new melody." This one suggestion has completely changed my playing - and I hope - made me a much better jazz player.

He is an excellent musician, one of the best bass players around. He plays so VERY musically and swings really hard. If you have an interest in learning the bass, Scott is one of your best options.

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Hong L. Jul 13, 2015
Singing · In studio

If you're looking for lessons, I definitely recommend you go to Scott! This is the first time for me taking singing/voice lessons, and the first day I didn't comprehend all the music terms when I was being asked, I felt like such a newbie but he explained well, was patient and understanding. I'm sure I am a very frustrating person to work with overall hahah but he is very professional. If you sign up for lessons I guarantee you will learn something from it and make improvement progress on whatever it is you're signing up for!

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Steve Jul 10, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio

I took bass and guitar lessons from Scott, and he gave me great instruction on both. He has a unique perspective on teaching which I haven't experienced from prior teachers. He really thinks "outside the box" when presenting difficult musical concepts such as complex harmony and improvisation, making them easier to understand and work with, and fun to learn! He is patient, willing to answer as many questions as I asked, and gave me helpful feedback on my playing. I recommend him highly.

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sarah E. Mar 31, 2015
Singing · In studio

Scott is a great instructor and has been able to work with me in other areas of music besides voice which has been very helpful. I really enjoy our lessons.

Atiq K. Nov 3, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I never imagined a beginner guitar class to be so comprehensive, challenging and yet so much fun. There's a lot to learn about playing the guitar from holding it to learning how to read music to playing a tune. Scott's easy going style encourages even the most slothful students like myself. We do it all in 1 and a half hours twice a week. His students have a wide range of experience with music and the guitar but at each session Scott is able to ensure that each one of us gets something out of the class. For example, he'll instruct the advanced students to play a more complicated version of a piece. Or he'll touch base with every student in the class at least twice by physically walking over and showing them something, asking a question, checking on their guitar, etc. Finally, he has those qualities that make for outstanding teachers - he not only knows and loves his work but he's really good at it. So each session is a fun mini concert lesson.

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Stephen M. Oct 10, 2014
Ukulele · In studio

I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I have learned so much. Not only basics on the instrument but also music theory which I've always had problems with before. Each lesson is a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to my lessons each week.

Scott is easy-going, patient and seems to know what is needed for the stage of instruction that I am at. I highly recommend Scott as an instructor. He has helped me with the ukulele tremendously in just four lessons. Couldn't ask for a better instructor.

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Yorrelle P. Jun 12, 2014
Music Performance · In studio

Being a professional singer, I am looking quite a bit from Scott of what I call all around vocal performance and training. He is supportive and encouraging and has years of knowledge under his belt.

If you want someone who knows his stuff, work with him.

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Eric F. Nov 25, 2013
Ukulele ·

Scott is a great music teacher!

Scott is a very talented and creative musician. He communicates effectively and is always patient and encouraging.
I would highly recommend Scott to anyone wanting to learn an instrument and have fun while doing so!

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