Zach Swanson

Zach S.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details

Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We will cover music fundamentals and theory, proper bass technique for pizzicato and bow work, ear-training, sight-reading, audition prep, composition, and repertoire from jazz, classical, folk and beyond. Given the interactive nature of music and bass playing, we will also spend time developing good ensemble skills as well. We will work towards achieving your personal goals as a musician to develop a personal voice and have fun!
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Zach teaches



Zach delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2008

Zachary began studying the double bass at the age of 6 in his home state of Massachusetts. Using gut strings and a personalized technique, Zachary has developed a conception of the double bass that is able to heighten the integrity of various musical environments. From adventurous improvised music to jazz standards to accompanying singer-songwriters in a folk setting, he is at ease in a variety of styles. Zachary can be found playing and teaching in the New York City area and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he has made his home since 2012.

Zachary holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Bass Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. His goal as an educator is to give a well rounded background, allowing the student to develop a personal sound while gaining a thorough understanding of music fundamentals. Lessons will also cover traditional concepts of bass technique, and use established methodology (and reference recordings!) for development in addition to personalized lesson plans and excercises. For double bass Zachary teaches German bow, though regularly uses a Dragonetti baroque bow in performance.

A double bass is available for use at his home studio during lessons, a bass amp for electric, and an 88-key keyboard. Please reach out with any questions, thank you!

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Bachelor of Music, Jazz Bass Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2010
Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Here is some video of a recent performance of mine in Brooklyn NY with a jazz trio!
Photo by Zach S.

Photo by Ashly Covington


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James Dec 4, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

It was great working with Zach on my bass lessons. He's very patient and knowledgable about a lot of different types of music and technique! Highly recommended!!

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