Above are covers of some of the BASS personality and instruction books I have had the pleasure of working on through (Warner Bros Publications).
No busy-work!!! INVEST your time in moving forward, NOT just keeping busy. That's the true art.
Authentic BASS lessons...not just watered down guitar lessons. Most people make the standard mistake of assuming a bass is just a 4 or 5 string guitar and that a guitar teacher is automatically qualified to teach bass. It is often my job to fix the problems caused by poor training from guitarists or the internet so students can actually discover how fast they really can learn.
Skilled bassists know how great it feels to lay down an amazing floor and it's something that NEVER gets old. It is a true art that you can continue to refine and grow for the rest of your life if you are lucky enough to experience it at all.
The bass functions just as much as the rhythmic floor as it is the harmony and a LOT less forgiving rhythmically than guitar. That means that guitarists are usually less skilled at key rhythmic fundamentals as well as harmonic and melodic details. These are some of MANY reasons that guitarists, no matter how educated, are not automatically qualified and skilled to play bass, much less teach it. It does not make sense to pay someone to ADD to your obstacles when they are hired to help you avoid them.
Skilled bassists don't spend our lives growing and developing our skill because we like to suffer. We have fallen in love with playing and learning and if we are VERY lucky, we will spend the rest of their life discovering and learning more
I PLAY bass, in multiple situations, like a BASSIST as the result of decades of NOT trying to turn it into a guitar. I LOVE connecting with a drummer in a way that positively impacts every instrument in the band.
Warning: If you just want to play bass because you think it's easier than guitar, then you are not ready YET. Until you actually listen to the instrument consciously, you will not be in the best place to really enjoy a FUN instrument. I am sorry but, unlike storefront "schools", I insist you always know the facts and prefer that you do NOT spend your money until the RIGHT TIME.
If you love the bass, if it's what you listen to and hear the most when you listen to music, then you "get it" and you will likely be a perfect candidate and we can put together a program based on your favorite players, favorite songs while learning the best technique and skills that are appropriate to YOUR needs.
Available topics CAN include:GROOVE, WALKING BASS, SLAP TECHNIQUES, FINGER STYLE (2 FINGER AND 3 FINGER TECHNIQUES) PICK (YES THAT'S ALLOWED), HYBRID PICKING, RIGHT HAND MUTING, GHOSTING, *STAND-UP LEFT HAD FINGERING, STYLE ANALYSIS, TRANSCRIBING, FRETBOARD MEMORIZATION, FRETLESS INTONATION, TONE DEVELOPMENT, STANDARD & ALTERNATE TUNING, THEORY, EAR TRAINING, STANDARD NOTATION, ARRANGING, COMPOSITION and more...IF RELEVANT TO YOUR GOALS!!!
Styles (genres) can include:
MODERN ROCK, CLASSIC ROCK, FUNK and R&B, GOSPEL, JAZZ, FUSION, REGGAE, COUNTRY, PUNK, PROGRESSIVE ROCK, LATIN, CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN, POP and more...
* I do not teach upright bass but I use proper upright, left-hand technique instead of less efficient guitar technique that most teachers use.
42 years TEACHING.experience bringing several thousand clients from their point A to their point B Graduate of B.I.T. (Bass Institute of Technology)
Transcriber/arranger/editor for Hal Leonard, Warner Bros Publications, AMSCO/WISE (Music Sales), Cherry Lane, Alfred, World Music 4All.
Bass products I have worked on include:
"Classic Funk and R&B Grooves for Bass" by Josquin Des Pres (Warner Bros), "Rush Bass Anthology" (Warner Bros), "KORN Bass Anthology" (Warner Bros), "Harmonics for Bass" by Dean Peer (Warner Bros), Roscoe Beck's "Blues Bass-lines" (REH Video), Steve Smith's "Fretless Bass" (REH Video), "Harmonic Colours" by David Gross (Warner Bros), "Funk Bass and Beyond" by Bill "the Buddha" Dickens (Warner Bros), "On the Record" by Dave LaRue (Warner Bros.)
Call or email me (email@example.com) with an explanation of where you are now musically (point A) and where you want to go (point B). List influences of artists and bassists (the MORE the better) and any technical issues you might want to address.
Call me any time (whether you sign up or not) for free consultation. Unlike businesses and instructors who say "first lesson is free" we will actually discuss YOUR needs WITHOUT you having to drive out or endure a high-pressure sales speech to sign up now for large blocks of lessons.
You will receive one of your most important assignments to complete BEFORE you begin because it is in YOUR best interest to sign up at the RIGHT time instead of rushing in before you change your mind. Most businesses demand their sales staff to sign you up before you change your mind and they are NOT doing that for YOU.
I am in YOUR corner when YOU need me!
BTW: I am NOT associated with referral scams you find online like Taylor Robinson (sks TR Music) Elite Music Instruction, TutorTreehouse, Takelessons.com. Those places are the unfortunate side effect of the internet which professional, qualified instructors prefer to avoid at all costs. The same will local referral scams like ASM, School or Rock etc Where instructors are really required to just be retails salesmen in disguise.
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