As a teacher, my first priority is to give my students a strong foundation of musicianship. That means learning harmony, rhythm, the ability to distinguish chords, and knowing how to apply bass to these elements. Equally as important, is that I address individual student needs. Each student has their own goals, personality, strengths and weaknesses, and I tailor lessons to best suit those things.
I took up the bass at age 13 because I thought it would be really easy. For beginners, it can be; I think that's some of the allure. But as I got deeper into the instrument, I realized that the bass underpins most music. You can take a whole band down with one wrong note! So although bass has a friendly learning curve, truly mastering it requires as much discipline and study as any instrument, and maybe more. After all, the bass is the only instrument in the band that holds down both melody and rhythm. That is a serious responsibility, but it can also be a very fun one.
My life has been a lifelong study of how this magnificent instrument really conducts a band—whether it's jazz, rock, or any other number of styles. It is my hope my students walk away with a sense of inspiration and courage.
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