Zachary Rizer

Zachary R.

Portland, OR

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About

Zachary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2004

JUST STARTING BASS AND WANT TO JAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

KNOW THE BASICS AND KNOW SOME SONGS, BUT FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PLAYING MUSIC?

HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING FOR A WHILE BUT FEEL STUCK AND ARE ARE READY TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

Then I'm your guy! My name is Zach. For me, the student comes first. My lessons are completely subjective, molding what we discuss to what you need/want! Bass is an exciting and important instrument. I've been teaching and playing bass professionally for over 10 years. I've been fortunate to study with many great players (including Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, and more). I've played all around the country at festivals and venues. I'm comfortable teaching all skill levels, ages, and styles. My focus is on improvisation and groove based music (funk, jazz, fusion, etc). I'm also comfortable with all techniques and topics of music theory. Everyone has something to offer musically, so let's start jamming!

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Experience

Bass Instructor
Aug 2004 - Dec 2015
Guitar Dock

I taught private bass instruction for over a decade in the Kansas City area before moving to Portland.

Education

Physics (Astrophysics)
Aug 2012 - Jan 2015
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Philosophy
Aug 2004 - Dec 2009
University of Missouri - Kansas City

Photos & Videos

A sample lesson video I did a while back about using space as a musical tool!
A solo live looping video I just finished! Taking bass to new places!
Photo by Zachary R.
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2 Reviews

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Daryl Mar 20, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

I have been a student of Zach's for the last couple of years. Zach, first of all, is passionate about Music! This may seem somewhat obvious in that he is a Bass musician. He does not, however, limit himself to a certain genre of music or instrumentation (or at least awareness of the expression capabilities of other instruments). This, coupled with his mastery of musical theory, translates into an agile capability allowing adaptation to the learning style, interests and pace of his his students. I speak from personal experience.

Zach employs and organic approach to teaching. For me, this keeps things fresh and interesting. That is not to stay there is no formula or structure to his approach. It just simply means that one formula for learning does not fit all and he does a great job of exploring the right approach for each student.

Zach is not just a studio musician (not saying that as a bad thing). But for the fact he has extensive performance experience, it opens up another lane of knowledge transfer. In addition, some lessons we may not play at all but rather explore the understanding of different types of pedal effects. He can also talk extensively about the mechanical and electrical structure of the bass guitar (any form), as well as, cabinet/amp architecture and the overall impact on tone. Plus he draws from the personal experience of USE as he has experimented with multiple brands and configurations of gear. His pedal board is a beast!

Zach has recently moved away from our home town. I am excited, however, that we have the opportunity to continue lessons remotely. Online lesson training has been effective with no drop off in impact. This is coming from a student that has made the transition from in person training to remote.

What more can I say about Zach. He is awesome and a great guy!

Highly Recommended!

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Rich Y. Mar 15, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

as a beginner I felt that the instruction was concise and easily understood. The instruction was delivered at a pace that allowed for comfortable assimilation. I look forward to the future lessons.

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