Steven Fox

Steven F.

Columbus, OH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
It is my goal as a teacher to give you the tools to play music but more importantly to create music.

My Teaching Philosophy

Left Hand-
Scales and arpeggios our the bedrock of music. They are the foundation of everything harmonically and melodically. We will begin with learning our major, minor and pentatonic scales and corresponding arpeggios. Once we have an understanding of those we will delve into our modes and more “exotic” scales.

Right Hand-
The right hand is our time machine. It gives us the ability to play in time and with groove and feel. We will work on rhythmic studies string crossings and practicing with a metronome. Remembering music is harmony, Melody and rhythm working as one.

For those who are new to playing music the hardest thing for some to master is rhythm/time keeping. It is the black and white right or wrong of the music world. Often times our want to progress quickly is hampered by skipping over the basic building blocks of rhythm and time keeping.

The first critical step is the concept of subdivision. Subdivision it the mind process used to keep accurate time. It is mentally filling in the gap between the major beats. In 4/4 time it simply begins as counting 1+2+3+4+. I will constantly be emphasizing the need for unrelenting subdivision. But one can work on subdividing while you listen to recorded music even as you walk down the street humming a tune.

Music Reading-
I highly encourage learning to read music notation thought not a necessity it has the following benefits:
1.It will help you understanding of the mechanics of music theory.
2.Enables you to look at any piece of music and play it/have basic understanding of
the song .
3.Gives a visual representation of and auditory art.

As a bass player you will be called upon to play many different styles of music. We will learn the attributes of a diverse range of genres. So you will be prepared when your band mate wants you to play in a “New Orleans meets Moroccan feel”

Is the most important attribute of a bass player, yet the hardest concept for some to master. Through out our learning of scales and styles we will constantly focus on the feel and groove of everything we play. The right feel/groove not only can make or break a song it can help heal the soul.

About Steven F.

Steven F offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele as well as music theory.

Steven F., a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University where he studied and performed everything from classical to classic rock. Indeed, from the blues to bluegrass, from rock to classical, he has done it all. He currently plays with The Spikedrivers, Fox ‘n’ Hounds Bluegrass Ensemble, and Neil Jacobs' American Gypsy. He recently performed with guitar legends GE Smith and Jorma Kaukonen and David Grier.

In addition, Fox is a gifted instructor with over twelve years of experience. He incorporates music theory and technique in lessons so his students are able to go farther than just reading music. They learn to create music, to play with other musicians, and to play by ear.

Although Fox is serious about music he is able to keep lessons entertaining for students, and offers instruction in many musical genres. Many of Fox’s students have gone on to study music in college and have started successful careers in the field.


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I can’t believe how much material was covered in a 60 minute lesson! Steven was engaging and encouraging. My 16 year old son learned a lot and had a great time doing it. We are looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Feb 26, 2019
Brad N.
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Steven is an excellent teacher. He had a lot of helpful information and made a great effort to assess my needs. I’m looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Nov 12, 2018
Will Peterson
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Steven is an excellent instructor. He is patient and kind. He breaks things down to make it easier to learn and play. I see improvement in my lessons every week.

Posted Oct 29, 2018
Manuela F.
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Mr. Fox has been an amazing teacher! Just one lesson in, and he taught me more in 30 minutes than I learned in 3 months of playing upright bass at school! He has a way of teaching that is quick, in-depth, and efficient without feeling rushed or confusing. I would definitely recommend him to anybody who is looking at learning how to play the upright bass.


Posted Oct 27, 2018
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Super intelligent guy, very patient and easy to work with.

Posted Oct 19, 2018
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Posted Oct 13, 2018
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I really enjoyed my time with Steven. He is easy to get to know and is a wealth of knowledge. He is patient and takes time when you are having trouble understanding anything. I definitely recommend him!

Posted Oct 3, 2018
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Steven is very easy to get to know. He connects on a personal level and works in detail with his students. He explained things so I could understand and achieve. I would highly recommend him to anyone. His knowledge is vast and he knows how to share it.

Posted Oct 2, 2018
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Quickly assessed appropriate level to begin at and jumped right in. Really impressive musician with great communication.

Posted Aug 1, 2018
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Steve is a very talented teacher and bassist with great teaching capacity.

Posted May 15, 2018
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My Instructor was very clear and specific so that what he was teaching made sense to me, both in concept and actual playing the double bass. I would give him 10 stars if I could.

Posted Jan 16, 2018
Tony P.
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I find Steven to be very encouraging, his explanations are clear and concise, and the lessons are a lot of fun. I am amazed at how much we're able to accomplish in a thirty minute lesson.

Posted Oct 21, 2016

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Jan 2009 - Present

F. N Hounds

F. N Hounds is a bluegrass power trio that features my original material and provides me an outlet to demonstrate my arco ability's on the upright bass.

Oct 2004 - Present

Neil Jacobs American Gypsy

Since 2004 I have been honored to be apart of Neil Jacobs American Gypsy. This ensemble consist of Neil Jacobs on 12 string guitar and Arkidy Gips(violinist for Madaonna) on violin. We perform Neil's original songs as well as traditional tunes from the Balkan's.

Jan 2003 - Present

The Spikedrivers

I am a founding member of The Spikedrivers one of Ohio most beloved Americana bands. The Spikedrivers have toured throughout the United states and have released 5 critically acclaimed albums.

Jan 2003 - Present

The Spikedrivers

Music Instructor
Sep 2001 - Present

Steven F.

I have been been providing private music instruction for over 10 years. Many of my students can be found performing throughout the Central Ohio area.


Cum Laude Bachelors in Music Performance Double Bass
Sep 1998 - Jun 2001

The Ohio State University

Bachelor's in Music Double Bass Performance
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001

The Ohio State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2006
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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