I utilize the 'song method' to teach students to play the guitar or the bass. By teaching students songs they love, I can keep them motivated, and use those songs to demonstrate the music theory involved with creating those songs. If the song is too difficult for the student, I can break it down into a manageable arrangement.
I started playing guitar and bass in my early teen years because I just couldn't wait to see a live concert. I thought if I could play the songs myself, it would be just as good. Well, it turns out that playing music you love yourself is even better than seeing a concert. You can make your own concert everyday! Since then I've been fortunate enough to work with a great deal of professional performers and to play many hundreds of successful live shows. Several years ago, I decided to focus on teaching. This was a great decision, because I truly love this work. I make a real difference in peo
ples lives, and help them achieve their goals, and sometimes even their dreams!
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect fun lessons based on songs they love. Acoustic, electric, classical, and bass students are all welcome! I bring an amplifier and an iPod, and show you from day one how to play at least a part of a song that you really want to work on. I will be able to make some decisions about future lessons based upon the level of playing ability that the student displays. Once a student starts to get the hang of playing the basics, we can work on many songs and eventually learn to play solos. In addition, I explain all of the musical theory that the songs are based on, and you will be able to communicate with other musicians using the proper terminology and notation. I like to encourage the students to practice at least 20 minutes a day, rather than for a few hours once or twice a week. This way, your muscle memory stays sharp, and you can start to get comfortable playing the guitar or bass. More advanced students can expect to learn soloing, and playing along with other instruments, as well as making recordings, and composing original songs. For still more advanced students, I can explain how to play the hardest guitar and bass solos, and all that I have learned as a performer including how to put a band together, how to book shows, and how to choose cover songs, and how to arrange music for performance. My students always come first as teaching is my full time job, and I love what I do!
*** Studio Equipment *** I provide a practice amplifier with digital effects and a drum machine for all lessons. I provide a bass guitar amplifier in my studio for my bass students. I also bring a guitar to a bass lessons, and a bass to a guitar lessons, for my more advanced students, to have a 'band practice' type lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring amplifiers to lessons, and printed teaching materials. Students just need their own instrument to play.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching proper timing, tuning, technique, theory, composition, and performance. From beginner to performing professional, I can take you all the way. My style is rock, and I have a background in classical, country, blues, rock, heavy metal, and pop.
michele H. November 27, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
A musician who is passionate about teaching
Glen is a talented musician with a gift and passion for teaching. He loves what he does and makes the most of lessons, tailored to your ability and his enthusiasm is contagious and keeps you wanting to play more.
Kelly G. March 18, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Working great with a not-easy student
Glenn has done such a great job keeping a reluctant kid interested. I am so appreciative!!!!
Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California.
I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups.
In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver,
Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for Coco Montoya and Maria Muldaur. The band was versatile enough to perform a dizzying array of styles - afro-cuban, blues, country, funk, jazz, metal, and rock - and often featured a 45-minute set of original microtonal music, performed on custom built instruments (guitar and bass) fretted with 19-divisions (frets) per octave or 19-tone (equal tempered scale).
When not exploring alternate musical realities, I toured with one of the region's most popular Top 40 Country Cover Bands - Ty Taylor & The Powder River Band. I also performed and recorded with Australian born singer/songwriter Leighton B. Watts as well as other local groups.
I moved from Denver to Austin, Texas in the mid 1990's, and upon arriving met up with singer/songwriter Jim Stricklan and performed at the Austin Music Hall - sharing the stage with Toni Price and Joe Ely. Also while in Austin, I performed and recorded with the Dave Sebree Band, Laffing Sam, John Ussery, Lee Person, and many other local groups...
In the fall of 2000, I relocated to San Diego, California where I currently live and enjoy a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching. While in San Diego, I've performed and recorded a variety of music with local and regionally touring bands (cover and original material) with styles ranging from Acoustic, Blues, Contemporary Christian, Country, Flamenco, Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Improvisational, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Motown, R&B, Rock, and many Singer/Songwriters... these bands have opened for Elvin Bishop, Chris Botti, Tommy Castro, David Sanborn, Earl Thomas, and Walter Trout.
I've been blessed to have the opportunity to perform with Blues/Soul Singer Songwriter John Nemeth, Harmonica Wizard Rob Paparozzi, and Legendary Drummer Bernard Purdie.
I've also been very fortunate to play on many local recording projects and to work with recording engineers/producers Alan Sanderson, and Ray Peterssen.
*** Lesson Details *** Like most teachers, I enjoy seeing and hearing students’ progress. I have found that students progress faster by not only learning mechanics, technique, songs, styles, and music theory, but also understanding how to modify their thought processes with respect to overcoming physical and conceptual barriers; in other words, and musically speaking: learning how to learn.
This involves breaking down and isolating every aspect of playing the bass - instrument stability, left & right hand placement, finger positioning, rhythmic concepts, fret-board familiarity, reading skills, patterns, and choice of notes. It also involves honing other important aspects of playing music such as concentration, determination, observation, patience, problem solving, and repetition. I have been applying this approach since I began teaching electric bass in 1998.
I teach classical & jazz music theory (scales, arpeggios, chords), improvisation, meter, rhythmic patterns, sight-reading, and ear training. Specifically, I help students learn to read music (notes), develop left and right hand finger strength/independence/dexterity, and provide transcriptions of pizzicato, & slap bass-lines as exercises; for all musical styles. I encourage students to create and play their own bass lines - conveying as a skill set a fundamental understanding/interpretation of chord progressions and composition. I also help students learn specific songs and styles they request.
I try to split each lesson roughly 50/50 as far as structured aspects (exercises, reading, technique building, etc.) and working through song requests. I also highly recommend students be open to acquiring a fundamental skill set for playing a variety of generic styles and forms - for example: 12-bar blues, I-IV-V rock, shuffle, 2 beat, waltz, walking jazz/blues swing bass lines, funk pizzicato technique, and funk/slap technique. These are simply guidelines though - ultimately it's up to you how we spend our meeting time.
Essential Items: Most people get started with the obvious basic items (listed in order of importance):
- a bass, strap, tuner, instrument cable, and small practice amplifier/speaker combo. There are a few other items that will facilitate faster progress (again listed in order of importance):
- a metronome*, music stand, bass method books and/or other exercise and bass clef reading material.
For learning songs, having access to an audio playback device with enhanced bass response and easy, well designed mechanism for fast-forward and rewind within a specific song is very helpful. Your computer, phone, or .mp3 player, by themselves may or may not be ideal for picking out and hearing the bass part unless combined with an significantly upgraded audio system (i.e., sub-woofer, stereo, docking station, etc.).
*The one item that will immediately challenge and push you to a higher level of musicianship is a metronome. Listening to, playing with, and counting with a metronome will facilitate development of your internal sense of time. Learning to become comfortable with the metronome will have a direct impact on how well you are able to synchronize with other musicians when playing together. This is especially true for bassists and drummers as they are responsible for maintaining the tempo/groove of a tune.
Practice: You will need to practice between lessons...
How much? The most important first step is to try to get the bass into your hands every day - 15 minutes every day is a great starting point for new students, with the goal of eventually reaching 30-60 minutes daily.
Try to find a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate without being interrupted or distracted by family, friends, neighbors, room-mates, phone, television, etc.
For practice time spent in the seated position, find a sturdy straight-back chair (without arms) - stay away from couches, recliners, beds, etc. Standing during a portion of your practice sessions is also a good way.
*** Studio Equipment *** Gallien-Krueger GK800RB, SWR Goliath Jr. (2x10) Gallien-Krueger MB150E-III
*** Travel Equipment *** Fender American Standard Deluxe Jazz 4 String Bass
*** Specialties *** Electric bass, Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Music Theory Fretted & Fretless 4-5-6-7-String. All musical styles including, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Country, Flamenco, Funk (Specialty: Pizzicato & Slap Styles), Jazz, Instrumental, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock (Classic, Hard, Metal).
Marcie S. June 4, 2014
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
John is a phenomenal instructor, coach and mentor. He met my son at his level and patiently encouraged him to grow as a musician. His easy-going manner makes him approachable and his vast knowledge, as well as experience, helps the student to expand their musical skills. We like John:)
SusanS March 27, 2011
John has been great for Cameron (our son) Cameron had to take a break for reahearsals for a musical that he was performing in.
DanielK January 21, 2011
exactly what I wanted
Great teacher. Tailored the lesson to my wants and needs. Explanations are easy to understand. Just a very relaxed and cool guy. I left my lesson very inspired to practice and meet again.
Dillon C., a San Diego native, has been studying guitar since age 11. He began gigging professionally with local rock groups at age 14 and became interested in jazz while in high school where he played in the La Costa Canyon High School Jazz Band. In 2009, his rock group, The New Archaic, won Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards and were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2010.
He graduated from San Diego State University as a Classical Guitar Performance major where he studied under world-famous classical guitarist Celin Romero. He received a scholarship to study in Spain und
er legendary guitarists Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He studied jazz guitar under local luminaries Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. He plays in many different jazz groups around town, most notably the In Motion Collective which was voted Best Jazz at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards and nominated for the same award in 2013. The group has opened for national and international acts like the Mattson 2, Budos Band, Sierre Leone Refugee All-Stars, and Zongo Junction.
Dillon began teaching while still in high school, where he taught the Magdalena YMCA group guitar classes. He has also been teaching privately since then as well as at the Encinitas School of Music and Electric Ladyland Music School in Ocean Beach. He focuses on learning chords and songs, developing rhythm, proper technique, an understanding of theory and composition, all while making the lessons fun and interesting for the student.
*** Lesson Details *** All you need to be prepared on our first lesson is your guitar (acoustic or electric) and a folder for lesson materials. If you are doing piano lessons you will need a folder for lesson materials only. I will provide a keyboard for you. Options for lesson times are 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons. I start beginner students with some great introductory chords and songs and use these as a platform to develop technique. As you progress, we will get into more challenging songs, learn about music theory (scales, keys, improvisation) and will also learn about composing songs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Electric and Acoustic Guitars Nord Electro Keyboard Amplifiers Laptop/Speakers for Education Aid
*** Travel Equipment *** Taylor Acoustic Guitar Laptop for Education Aid
*** Specialties *** I specialize in rock/jazz/blues and folk/fingerstyle. I incorporate my classical training to develop smoother technique in these styles. I also have many years experience in teaching younger students (ages 7-18)
Matthew H. January 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Dillon is a first rate guitar instructor!
I've taken lessons with Dillon for 5 months, and he has helped me make tremendous progress. I was lucky to find Dillon because my music interests are all over the place. I wanted to learn about fingerstyle, soul, jazz, blues, Latin music, music theory, transcribing for bands. Dillon helped me with all of those. He's the kind of person whose has really studied the guitar and can distill the music from many styles into a few simple ideas for the guitar, and explain those ideas in a memorable way.
I'll continue taking lessons from him, and would recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking for a teacher with charisma.
Amanda B. January 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dillon is an absolutely amazing teacher. I just started playing the piano a few months ago and he has been instrumental in motivating me and giving me the tools I need to get started. He is always willing to switch it up each lesson depending on how I am feeling that week and I really enjoy working with him. Dillon is extremely talented and dedicated to music which is really great, because starting out can be hard. I would highly recommend Dillon to anyone!
Chris D. October 28, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Dillon- was not reliable. He no-showed twice and his phone was not active. Not a good start for beginner student!
I never had picked up a Bass Guitar until I was in College. My first month I met two guys who had known eachother from high school and wanted to start a band. They both played Guitar (my main instrument at the time) so I lied through my teeth and told them I played the Bass but I didn't have room to bring it so I'd have to borrow their's. I was currently in my first semester of Music Theory and the tuning is the same as the bottom four strings of a Guitar so I just went for it. They liked me and I was hooked! I was in that band for over 7 years!
I began teaching Bass in 2005 when I joined The School of Rock in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and haven't stopped since! My teaching method uses a lot of Music Theory and popular, noteworthy Bass songs to teach students how to be rock solid as the backbone of a band. I am an expert at figuring songs out by ear so pick your favorite tunes and we can learn to play them! From 'never played before' to 'I wanna learn a Jaco tune (if you don't know
I LOVE to teach and I am looking for a few rad students! I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Music as well as minors in both Religion and Philosophy from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2004, I moved to Philadelphia with my band, The Gravy who had been playing shows all over the East Coast from Vermont to Virginia. I worked in both the Pro Audio and Guitar sections of a large music store which taught me all about gear, recording and live sound. I began working at School of Rock in Downingtown, PA in October of 2005. In May of 2008, I relocated t
o San Diego and began working at the Vista (now Oceanside) branch of the School of Rock where I was Music Director until 2012 when I left to pursuit a more rigorous performance schedule with my band The Blue Moonies as well as my solo project called The Tommy Mitchell Show. Three of my students are just beginning their first year at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have a home studio in Del Mar complete with Cubase 7.5 Artist.
Alan J. June 9, 2015
Blues Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I've been playing guitar for many years, but Thomas was able to have me look at scales in a new light, and he gave me a good basis for playing the blues. I have several things to practice during the week. Looking forward to the next lesson.
Kevin H. January 12, 2015
Music Performance ·
Tom is an amazing music instructor! My review won’t even scratch the surface of explaining what a fantastic teacher he is! Tom has taught our 4 children since 2008 when they started at School of Rock (SOR). When Tom left SOR and started giving private lessons, we left SOR because we saw the value Tom gave our children. He does a great job of challenging his students, yet keeping it interesting for them. (He's still teaching our kids after 6 years; they never get bored with his lessons and look forward to them every week!) Tom also does a fantastic job of blending music theory into everything he teaches. Our oldest child has a passion for music, and is now studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Tom played a huge part in our son getting into Berklee and giving him the skills he needs to succeed while there. I recommend Tom to any level of student. He is simply the best!
Brody J. January 3, 2015
Out of all of the music lessons and music instructors that I ever had, Tom was by far my favorite. Never did a lesson seem boring or monotonous. He knows a wide variety of genres and music styles, and shows incredible passion to Music itself . Some instructors just teach you how to play an instrument, but Tom does more than that, by teaching music theory you not only have the ability to play music, but to understand and even write it as well. I am very grateful for being able to have had him as my guitar instructor and would definitely recommend him to anyone who is serious about learning and playing music.
I have been playing professionally as a bassist for 15 years for various bands that play many different genres (rock, reggae, jazz, R&B, blues, folk, funk). Bass is a very accessible instrument to learn right from the start, but there are many nuances to learn about to reveal its full potential. I structure my lessons around the student's interest but always incorporate basic fundamentals so that they get the most out of the instrument.
Music is a great passion of mine that I share with everything I do, whether it be through teaching, performing, producing, or recording. I have had the opportunity to study, perform, and teach alongside great individuals in music and continue so to this day.
I have been teaching both private lessons and in various classroom settings for the past 7 years, some of which include teaching at The Bishop's School (La Jolla), UCSD, and California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles).
*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha AEX 1500 Hollowbody Guitar
Fender 5 String Jazz Bass
SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
**I provide charts/material for the student to work on, through print outs and emailing PDF versions of the source material directly to you
Lenore June 25, 2015
Tonga is an excellent musician and a fantastic music teacher. For the last 2 years he has given my two sons (ages 9 &10) lessons in guitar and ukulele. He has also given several lessons to my husband. His love and talent for music show is his lessons. He is reliable, on time, and has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend him as a music teacher for any age student.
Brian O. June 25, 2015
Music Theory ·
My experience with Tonga has been nothing but great! He is one of those special musicians who can not only play an extremely wide variety of styles, but is equally gifted at teaching them to you. If you are looking for a positive teacher that tailors lessons toward each students individual strengths, weaknesses, and goals then Tonga is your man. I give him my highest recommendation without hesitation!
Chris D. June 24, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Tonga is a great teacher, I have studied with him over three years and my playing has been improving steadily. He is very good at explaining difficult concepts and relating to any student.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
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"The best of the best!
I've been taking bass lessons from Bjorn for over a year. As a beginner, I struggled to play until I started taking lessons with Bj
orn. As a skilled instructor, he knew how to take me several levels ahead. In a matter of a few lessons, I was able to understand theory, strengthen my hands with proper exercises, and play complete songs. Every lesson is structured and meaningful. Bjorn is a professional and dedicated instructor who knows how to bring out the very best in you. I would highly recommend him to both beginners and advanced players alike!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Greg
Jared has been teaching my 11 year old son Guitar and for almost 2 years now. Watching him in action and seeing how much my son loved it,
inspired me to pick up the Bass Guitar and have Jared teach me as well.
Jared has a wonderful way of making the entire experience both fun and rewarding. He has a wonderful way of communicating with my son and keeps his interest while they learn.
I couldn't speak more highly of Jared and would highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone of any age, he's simply fantastic!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Marty
"Matthew is a laid back instructor who really knows what he is teaching. I am learning Jazz on the bass and I enjoy it very much. In just a short time i le
arned more with him than I did with my previous instructor . Would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn jazz."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by John
Not only did I learn how to play the songs I like, but I also learned key musical concepts and theories that helped to advance my music
al skills outside of lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed having Rob as a teacher."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Robert
"From Learning To Doing
When I started taking lessons I was very much a beginner. Will helped me out. We started at the bottom working some scales and lea
rning the fundamentals. Once I figured out some of the basics we got to do what I wanted to do, play!!! After just a few months I became comfortable playing in public and now I gig all the time. All of this thanks to Will. Thanks Will!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by mike
"Outstanding musician and teacher. Cannot go wrong.
I had the honor and pleasure of writing, performing, and recording along side Nick for about 6 months.
His skills, competence, and professionalism are unmatched among any of the musicians I have ever worked with and you will be lucky to have him as a teacher.
Nick's expertise goes far beyond playing bass and music theory; he is also a student of the actual instrument. He understands the nuances and theory of tonal quality that puts him in a league above other technically impressive bass players."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by charles
"I had my first lesson with Theresa today. I am very impressed. She's very friendly and has a deep knowledge of bass and music in general - she showed me
some finger exercises for flexibility, we discusses various picking/plucking techniques and went over general bass playing basics (scales, metronome work) for me to practice. We also had a discussion about how great we think John Entwistle is :)
I am very pleased and look forward to growing as a musician under her tutelage."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Tanner
"I've met a few teachers in my experiences playing bass, and I can easily say that I've never met a man more dedicated than Jon. From the first day, you ca
n tell that Jon honestly cares about his students, and takes great joy in seeing them succeed. After less than a year of lessons with him, I've preformed in front of crowds, and never doubted myself in doing so. More than just a teacher, Jon is a friend to his students. Through him, I've met other, great students, and made many friends. He makes active attempts to have students meet, in hopes that they get along, and play together. Jon also goes the extra mile to teach his students, asking for popular guitarists and bassists to join his students, so that we can learn from professionals. From the first lesson, you can tell that Jon wants to share his love of music, and he's the best teacher I've ever come across."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Daryl
"My lesson with Jack was money well spent. He really took the time to explain some music theory to me that I've been struggling to understand for years. Gr