Averill Park, New York
Phone: (518) 479-3395
Lesson price per hour: $30.00
Lesson price per half hour: N/A
Availibilty : Limited availability for the serious student of all abilities
Main styles, concepts taught: All styles and techniques with a specialty in Chordal Playing, Chord-Melody Solos, Music Theory (functional harmony) and Musicianship.
Instruments Taught: Fretted and Fretless bass with as many or a few strings as you want. The bass is just a tool to express musicianship.
Levels taught: All
Required texts: depending on level of student many exercises are developed my me especially for each student.
Experience (teaching, professional, gig): A Berklee alumni, I have been playing, teaching and writing instructional material for over 20 years. I am a contributing writer for Bass Frontiers. I have recently finished "Standards for Solo Bass," an instructional book teaching the concepts of Chord-Melody solo playing. The book, a comprehensive look at the techniques of playing in a Chord-Melody style, takes you step by step through the process of developing a Chord-Melody piece. "Standards for Solo Bass" includes solo bass arrangements for several jazz tunes. I have toured Europe and Asia with the New Age ensemble "Critical Theory" and with I have played or performed with Bobby McFerrin, Donald Harrison, David Darling, and more. Currently, I'm laying it down for one of New England's premier Blues Bands, "Good Time Charlie's Blues Revue". As well, I teach a unique and innovative music program to at-risk high school students in a residential school. I have also taught at the college level at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, MA.
Main influences: All the players on all the instruments who had a unique and original voice.
Teaching venue: Serving the Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont, I teach out of my home studio or at the students house. Students pay for traveling time if taught in their home.
"Dizzy once said, 'Jazz has never been played before!' He meant
that, at any given moment the music that we play is the sum total of all
of our experiences. It is my goal, as a teacher, to bring that quality out
in each student."
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