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Nat S.

Manchester, MA

Upright Bass and Electric Bass lessons for all ages and levels.

Study the music of Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Oscar Stagnaro and James Jamerson.

About Nat

I have been involved professionally in music for over 35 years as a music teacher, performing artist, recording artist, record producer, record label owner, arranger and composer. I have written many music books and hundreds of arrangements for musicians of all levels. I have experience in virtually all styles of music. I offer private lessons to students of all ages and abilities in all styles.
My Teaching Background
My entire family is involved in the arts. My Mom is a painter and violinist in the Cape Ann Symphony, my Dad was an actor and a writer. My Uncle was under contract to Cecil B.
DeMille and appeared in several Hollywood movies with Gary Cooper and Paulette Godard. I was educated at the Berklee School of Music. I also studied privately with John Payne, Jerry Bergonzi, Houston Person, Buddy Tate, Arnett Cobb, Eddie lockjaw Davis, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. I have recorded 10 CDs as a leader. My CD Crescent City was the #1 Record on Jazz Radio Charts coast to coast in 2002 and #35 of all jazz Records released in that year. I performed on “Good Morning America” as part of the Mardi Gras coverage. I have performed in New Orleans at Jazzfest, Satchfest, and major venues including Tipitinas, Snug Harbor, and the House of Blues and with the Neville Brothers and the Marsalis family. Also in New York City at The Village Vanguard with Buddy Tate and Scott Hamilton, Birdland with the Count Basie Band, the Lester Young Tribute Concert in NYC, and Cecil’s Jazz Club in New Jersey. I headlined at Boston’s “Steppin’ Out” concert sharing the stage with Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Tito Puente Jr. and many others, and at the Jazz Week festival in Boston sharing the stage with Max Weinberg from the "Late Nite" with Conan O'Brian Show. Primarily a saxophonist I also perform and teach Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo and Mandolin.

My Teaching Philosophy
I approach teaching each student as a unique individual and try to assess what their skill levels and goals are and how I can help to take them to the next level. When I find that a student reaches a certain level I start creating unique arrangements for them that will help them grow even faster musically. I have students from age 5 to age 85 on all instruments. Along with private lessons I offer ensembles. One of my students performs professionally with me on trumpet. He is now 18 and has been studying with me since the second grade. Another of my students started two years ago at age 56 on Bass Guitar and then Bass Violin. He now performs regularly with me as well. One of my students is 10 years old. His mother and father are from Brazil. He has been studying with me for 5 years. He began on piano and added the trumpet about two years ago. His best instrument is the drums however! After studying with me for only a few months he has become the drummer in my main ensemble which includes the two previously named students and is performing with us a concert which is part of a big arts festival. I teach my students that there is no limit to what they can achieve if they keep trying!

Schedule and Availability
I teach six days a week year round at my home studio. I offer lessons from 1/2 hour to as many hours as I can fit into my schedule. I also offer Skype lessons.
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Nat S.

Nat S.

Manchester, MA 01944
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$35 / 30-min
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Isaac L.

Boston, MA

My primary goal with all of my students is to help them make great music that is true to themselves. What this means for my teaching is a focus on training both the ears and technique. I always prefer a more personalized approach to teaching, working with students to find repertoire that speaks to them and improves their musicality and technique.

About Isaac

Hello! I am currently a student at New England Conservatory of Music studying Jazz Bass Performance. I am completing my last semester of my undergraduate degree and will be graduating in the spring of 2016.

I have a background in Jazz and Classical primarily on the upright bass however I also regularly preform the electric bass and love to teach both.

My private studies thus far in my career have been with Mark Pucci, Rick McLaughlin, Cecil McBee, John Lockwood, Dave Holland, Hankus Netsky, John McNeil, Don Palma, Frank Carleberg, Jason Moran and Miguel Zenon
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Victoria Danberg January 27, 2016
Upright Bass · In home
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I have just begun lessons with Isaac. He is an excellent teacher; attuned to my needs, very good at explaining things, patient, very good at getting me to understand what I need to know. I look forward to learning upright bass with him!
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Isaac L.

Isaac L.

Boston, MA 02115
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$35 / 30-min
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Robert T.

Jamaica Plain, MA

Development of technique is critical on the Upright Bass. Understanding of the fingerboard and its positions will be a primary concern, so that the music at hand will be able to flow unhindered!

Studies in Jazz, Classical, Blues can be undertaken, as well as the art of improvising bass lines and solos.

About Robert

"The Art of Teaching is the Art of assisting discovery"
- Mark Van Doren, American poet and editor

Styles Include: Jazz,Classical, Rock, Blues, Funk, R&B, Latin

All experience levels encouraged
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Sanouri U. May 16, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Rob has been a consummate professional and a great teacher! He is reliable, communicates promptly, and tailors each lesson to my needs/strengths. He has been particularly helpful in identifying new ways to explain and demonstrate complex techniques to those of us new to string instruments!
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Robert T.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$35 / 30-min
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Darren S.

Boston, MA

I specialize in orchestral audition preparation, particularly if a student is considering taking an audition for a regional festival, All-State festival, or a conservatory audition for an undergraduate or graduate degree program. I typically concentrate on classical orchestral excerpts and the standard solo bass repertoire, so most of the material will be accessible for free on IMSLP in pdf format. If any material is not accessible from IMSLP, I will scan and attach the music via e-mail.

About Darren

Born in New York City, Darren Sacks enjoys a varied career as a double bassist including performing in symphony orchestras and teaching privately. He has performed professionally with several Connecticut orchestras including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony, and the Wallingford Symphony. Mr. Sacks is the recipient of significant awards including the Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship and the Boston Conservatory Scholarship. Prior to attending music school, Sacks was principal bassist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and also participated in both the Connecticut Nor
thern Region High School Music Festival and the Connecticut All-State Festival. Sacks currently studies with Lawrence Wolfe, assistant principal bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sacks graduated summa cum laude from the Hartt School of Music and is currently a graduate student at the Boston Conservatory.
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Darren S.

Darren S.

Boston, MA 02116
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$20 / 30-min
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Marcelo M.

Boston, MA

My classes are very flexible when it comes to what the student wants. I can go from just teaching very basic bass playing to advanced harmonic concepts and jazz improvisation. On the first class, I give the student the choice of controlling our lessons materials about what they want to learn. Or the student can choose to let me control our classes, in which I will bring my own materials and ideas in which we should work and will go through the whole academic process of learning music.

About Marcelo

Mainly Jazz player. Also teach beginner bow technique and pop and jazz repertoire. Very strong theory and ear training teacher. Also Improvisation teacher.
My classes are very flexible when it comes to what the student wants. I can go from just teaching very basic bass playing to advanced harmonic concepts and jazz improvisation. On the first class, I give the student the choice of controlling our lessons materials about what they want to learn. Or the student can choose to let me control our classes, in which I will bring my own materials and ideas in which we should work and will go thr
ough the whole academic process of learning music.
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Ping September 29, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Such a good bass player !! Now I know how to play walking bass :)
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Marcelo M.

Boston, MA 02215
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$15 / 30-min

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