I've been teaching Bass Guitar for 27 years and my students have gone on to play in bands and work with major artists. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to know you way around the instrument and as time goes on you'll be able to play what you hear and want to play. I specialize in Pop, Rock & R&B and I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.
Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.
27 years experience as independent recording artist and behavioral therapist eternally blessed to work with such artists and group members of The Supremes, Prince, Various Motown Artists, Anthony Janflone Sr., Stafford Floyd, Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black
Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, as well as Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, producers Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, and personal music instructor to Rod Stewart's son, Sean and Casey Kasem's grandchildren.
I perform with the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Praise Team and Circle of Faith choirs and am president of The C.W. Chorale Men's Choir. singing and playing piano, organ, guitar, percussion and arranging. I also perform as a solo artist and with various artists and students.
*** Lesson Details *** To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Rock, Music Theatre, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Classical, Metal
Hayden M. July 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Gregory was patient and energetic. Cry son had a good time.
Rick M. July 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was a very good first lesson. Thanks, Gregory.
Adam M. August 13, 2014
In home Verified Student
Gregory is a great teacher! Clearly has a love for what he does and teaching others his craft. He's super supportive and brings a great energy to your lessons. More than willing to go above and beyond for his students. He helped me immensely with my voice.
I teach music reading ,walking bass lines, classic rock, funk, and how to read chord charts.
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompa
ny students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.
*** Travel Equipment *** They should have their own instrument and a music stand.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar. I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles. I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
jeff August 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mike is fun and smart. He customizes the lesson to my taste in music and what I want to learn. He's great! Recommend!
Craig H. December 10, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Mike for about 6 months now and his enthusiasm and supportive approach are invaluable. This is my 3rd time trying lessons and the first time I've continued past the first couple sessions. And the reason is Mike. He's extremely talented, but more importantly, he's a phenomenal teacher. He explains things simply, concisely, and effectively. I leave every lesson enthused and excited to go home and practice. I can't recommend him highly enough. Mike's the man!
Aaron G. April 12, 2013
Mike S will teach you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument!
Mike really is incredible. The guitar looked so complicated and confusing before I met Mike. He really teaches you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument. Within a month I was improvising over simple changes with my own ideas! And within 2 or 3 months, the amount of chord structures I had at my disposal was mind blowing. The speed at which I became comfortable with the instrument was amazing. I really believe that Mike's simple teaching style really was a key part in my ability to play and grow on a new instrument. Other than that, he is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and play with. He gives so much of his time to his community by teaching anyone from child to infinity and even bringing them together to create bands to showcase every persons different talents. He is a beautiful human being and I do actively suggest him to anyone that tells me they want to learn either piano, guitar, or bass.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance. While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, an
d Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials. Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and performance savvy. She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.
*** Studio Equipment *** Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
Avery G. September 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
Natalie C. August 9, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Best guitar teacher I have ever had
Jen is a fabulous guitar player that has an innate ability to teach with understanding and patience. If I am not understanding a certain exercise, she is able to break it down for me in multiple ways so I can better understand how to perform.
I tend to get nervous to share new songs I have written but Jen's down-to-earth personality has definitely helped me begin to break out of shell.
I highly recommend Jen as your next music teacher.
RobertS5 July 15, 2011
Lessons are going great. Jennifer is an excellent instructor.
I am comfortable in a variety of styles on the bass and teach students how to not only play fun and important bass parts - but how to embellish them and create original ones as well.
I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.
I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I join
ed a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
I have been teaching music for over 5 years and have had experience with children as young as 5 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A status that allows you to learn whatever you want on your instrument by yourself, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.
I have had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has given me an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.
My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally I have taken a great deal of classes in California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program, where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more effective at my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.
Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.
I am also part of Takelessons Skype lessons program (lessons that take place on the internet via Skype) for those looking for a more convenient or affordable way to take music lessons from home.
*** Lesson Details *** Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.
Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.
I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.
And... all this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.
*** Studio Equipment *** Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, 2 5-string banjos, a 4-string tenor banjo, a ukulele, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a guitar, cello (a full size), electric bass, a banjo, an amp, an accordion, cords and the occasional pick to students (sorry no spare mandolin or ukulele). I would only require an outlet and room to practice in; if the student could bring a pick that would be fantastic as well! I can also bring acoustic guitars if an outlet is unavailable and if that is in fact the kind of guitar the student wants to learn.
For piano students, it is best that they have their own piano or keyboard at their home; if the student is unable to obtain a piano for the first few lessons I do have a mobile keyboard but would require a fair amount of setting up.
*** Specialties *** Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.
Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.
I believe it is important to have fun when learning a new instrument. Because, why do it if you don't enjoy it? Therefore, I tailor all lessons per student to make sure you get the most out of your lessons. We can work on anything from learning new songs, to different techniques and theory or even performance.
Moa hails from deep woods of southern Sweden. She found her love for music at an early age conquering vocals, followed by excelling at bass guitar. However, her true love became the six string guitar and songwriting. She has toured Europe with several bands and performed at major events such as the Sweden Rock Festival and England's Hard Rock Hell Festival. In 2012 she relocated to Hollywood, California to pursue her musical aspirations and formed the band Dead Heroine. The debut single Closer To The Edge was released independently in November 2013. Moa also plays the role of Paul Stanley in K
ISS tribute band Priss and played with KISS themselves at the Kiss Kruise in Florida in November 2013.
Moa has an Associates of Arts degree in music performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute, Los Angeles.
Moa has years of teaching experience and tailors her lessons for each individual student. She has designed classes and programs especially developed for beginner girls in vocals, guitar and bass at the popular Swedish music institution "Studieframjandet". You can expect a fun-filled, exciting lesson while gaining a lot of new knowledge about your instrument.
Moa is endorsed by Washburn guitars.
Let's get rocking!
*** Studio Equipment *** Washburn PS12 (electric guitar) x 2 Gibson Les Paul Studio (electric guitar) Rickenbacker 4003 ÃÂ´81 (bass) Yamaha Steel String Acoustic (acoustic guitar) Orange Tiny Terror and Orange 2X12 (guitar amp) ProTools and Logic with MBox soundcard and KRK Rockit speakers (home studio set up)
Qeila Martinez September 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Moa is so sweet! She's super fun and has helped me so much. I've only taken five lessons so far with her and I already hear a change in my voice. I look forward to my lessons. They are always so exciting!
Lissa Merkel August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
So much fun and Moa is so talented! Can't wait for next week!
Codi S. April 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Moa is a sweetheart that truly believes in her students and WANTS to see them go to that next level and wants them to succeed. She was more excited than I was when I hit a note that I couldn't previously. I signed up for singing but she also helped with my writing struggles. She's REAL and she's HONEST. Lessons with Moa are pretty much the highlight of my week. For once I feel like I have someone that truly believes in me. I can open up to her without feeling judged -- she's very relateable fun and energetic.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
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 Dean
"Rob is great!
Rob is great. His teaching style is informal and comfortable. He is very laid back. Rob is very patient with beginning students and can rea
lly coax their talent from them. I've seen him with more experienced students too, and their sessions seemed to be almost a jam session. Rob has taught my son since he decided to take up the Bass and so we have known Rob for many years and have become friends. We've seen him perform in a lot of venues. He can sound like Paul McCartney or John Lennon as a Beatle or Geddy Lee in Rush. I'm sure he can surprise me with his stylistic range. Even as a bassist, which usually are very staid, he leads the group with his vocals. He can act too, and make us laugh with just the right timing. As a teacher, you can't do better than Rob."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Alex is a great teacher.. He helped me learn new skills and reach a potential that i thought i would never reach. He works with your time and schedule. I
m still learning for him so i would advise you book a lesson and try it for you self."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dylan
"Bass lesson With Al
Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about sc
ales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on appr
oach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Samuel
"Julian is an outstanding instructor. He has an amazing teaching ability, offering a great deal of knowledge and patience for people of all levels. I am re
ally glad to have found a way to really learn what playing bass is all about. Thanks to Julian, I feel like I am able to hold my own if I ever try to look for a band to play with. I now feel like I can play and sound good doing it. Highly recommend!!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Peter
"Joe is awesome
I came to Joe with some basic knowledge and skills on bass, he recognized this and built on it very quickly. I feel my skilled has tripled
in the short time I've taken lessons with Joe. Our lessons are never boring an he does so much more than tell me to play a set of notes, he challenges me to make my own way and improvise. I would definitely recommend him for anyone wanting to learn an instrument."
Allentown, PA teacher:
Review by Erica
"In addition to being an amazing bass player, Ethan is a superb teacher who is always prepared with new materials for me. He's helped me learn jazz, rock,