There’s never been a more exciting time to learn to play the electric bass guitar in its many forms.
I’ve been playing the bass for 22 years and have been playing and teaching professionally since I was in high school; that’s over 15 years of teaching! One of the joys of this instrument is how many diverse styles of music and settings it can be used it. I have played in bands that performed everything from heavy metal to jazz to funk to latin; if it can be done on the bass, I have probably gotten into it a some point.
For electric bassists, I generally begin my instruction with a quick look at technique. In some ways, electric bass technique can appear simple, but I have rarely found a student whose technique could not be improved in some way with one of the many things I have learned along the way in my own playing and by working with hundreds of other students. Often times, electric bassists dive into playing music and even performing basic things were technique can be ignored, only to find their habits are later holding them back from developing the sound, dexterity, and true freedom that can come from a more mindful and informed approach to their instrument.
That being said, I also value the diverse range of approaches and sounds that can come out of the instrument, and know that no one “true” way will work for all my students, given their different musical goals. I like to approach all of my students as individuals who have different aspirations for what they would like to be able to do with their bass and adjust how and what I teach to fit each of them.
If you’re a brave bassist and have ventured into playing slap bass, fretless bass, or 5 or 6 string bass, I can help you with that as well! I play 5 full time on my own gigs and also love to play fretless bass; in fact, my fretless has helped me land some pretty nice gigs. If you’re an intermediate or advanced player looking to add some more tools your kit, I can help in those areas.
If you’ve just begun your journey with the bass or are a seasoned pro looking for some fresh ideas and feedback on your playing, I’m sure I’ll have something to offer you along your way.
I look forward to hearing from you!