Florence, South Carolina
Availibilty : I teach full time 6 days a week. Times fairly flexible.
Main styles: Rock, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk.
Concepts taught: I mainly focus on the basic fundamentals of music such as learning scales, arpeggios, how to read, transcribing, rhythm development.
Instruments Taught: 4,5,6 string electric (mainly fretted and fretless). I also teach electric and acoustic guitar.
Levels taught: Beginner-Moderately Advanced. Hard to say without knowing more specifics of what the student is wanting to learn. I make sure that if I can't teach a student something that I don't try to pretend I can. I will be the first to admit my weaknesses.
Experience: I have been playing electric bass for 8 years with 7 of those having professional experience. I am currently a full time musician, teaching by day and playing by night. I have played in several types of bands. From heavy metal to country, big band Jazz to R&B.
Main influences: hmm where to start: Rush, Jaco Pastorious, Keith Jarrett Trio, any Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye(actually just about any of the early Motown stuff), King's X, Pat Metheny, Jeff Berlin, Sting, as of lately Victor Wooten. Ron Carter, Jim Hall, Hendrix, SRV, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson(one of my all time fav guitarists). The two biggest are at the beginning but the list could go on and on. But doesn't it always.
Teaching venue: I teach at a local Music Store mainly: Parker Music and sometimes at my apartment.
"Remember that music is all around you. Having a good teacher can be an amazing thing but I would like to say something to those people that don't have the opportunity to find or take lessons from a good teacher. Remember that no matter where you go there is a good chance that you will hear some kind of music. If you don't that is probably because you are not listening. Take advantage of this. Let this be your teacher. In many ways you are going to learn more from 10 seconds of a John Coltrane solo than you could ever learn from the best instructor in the world.
The most important skill you can have is the ability to listen. If you learn this the rest will follow. Take care and the best of luck to you. As a side note to those ready this bio: if you ever have any questions I will try to answer them the best I can or email me even if you would just like to talk shop. I can't promise I will get back to you soon but I will do my best."
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