Shawn Graham

Shawn G.

Orange, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been performing on Upright Bass for more than three decades in both the classical and jazz realms. I have both a classical and jazz performance degree.

The foundation of my teaching is the Smandl method. I also have a large library of classical and jazz books as well as tunes I have transcribed or lesson material I have written myself.

Let me help you get started on bass or refine your skills.

About Shawn G.

Shawn has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio and online. Shawn has helped students go from no musical knowledge to giving public performances.

Shawn received his training at the UC, Irvine where he received his Bachelor of Music and Cal State, Fullerton where he received a Master’s degree in Music.

Shawn has released two self-produced, original jazz albums with a third album being released in 2020.

Shawn teaches and performs on guitar, and electric and upright bass. He is proficient in genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical.

As an expert in his field, Shawn looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Shawn’s teaching style focuses on engaging the student and making learning fun. He feels that sparking a student’s interest is key to their success. As a lifelong learner of music, he has a vast array of knowledge to draw upon.


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5 Reviews
Paul M.
Profile-location-online Online

Great first lesson! Got me going and feeling comfortable. He has vast experience, and comfortable teaching style, but keeps me moving forward. Very Happy!

Posted Aug 6, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Shawn is very well informed on music theory. I have had discussions with him on numerous occasions, quite enlightening.

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He is a very patient teacher and really goes the extra mile when it comes to explaining things I'm having trouble with.

Posted Jun 1, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter became interested in playing the bass guitar after seeing a friend perform in the Jazz Band concert at her school. After asking around, Shawn came highly recommended. He was nice, knowledgeable, dedicated to teaching and I was impressed with how kept my daughter engaged and motivated. He is someone I recommend highly.

Posted Jun 1, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He has a lot of knowledge, and have passion for music. He is very nice and fun to talk. He speaks Japanese pretty well.

Posted Jun 1, 2017

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Mar 2017 - Present

L.A. Swing Barons

The L.A. Swing Barons is a regularly performing professional swing orchestra. We play primarily the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Our debut album was released November of 2017. Hear it for free at I play bass on all tracks.

Aug 2016 - Present

The Mercy Stone

The Mercy Stone is a 12-piece ensemble that is breaking the boundaries between the worlds of rock, jazz, and classical music. Performing all original instrumental compositions, The Mercy Stone’s music possesses all the intricacies of a finely tuned contemporary-classical chamber ensemble and the energy of a high-octane rock band. I play both pizzicato and arco in this classical-inspired music. We have made several music videos in which I appear:

Jan 2004 - Present

Shawn Graham Quintet

My band plays mostly west coast style quintet swing. We have recorded two albums. I composed half of the tunes on our first release and all of the tunes on our second release. Of course, I played bass on all the tunes. Hear them at CD Baby:

Music Instructor
Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

California Music Studios

Taught guitar, bass and piano.


Master of Music
Jul 2014 - May 2018

California State University - Fullerton

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2012 - May 2014

University of California - Irvine

Associate of Arts - Music
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Santa Ana College

Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering
Aug 1982 - Dec 1987

University of Colorado - Boulder



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Japanese Language Proficiency Test - Level 2
Dec 2008

Japan Foundation

Japanese Language Proficiency Test - Level 3
Dec 2006

Japan Foundation

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