The internet has an overwhelming amount of information on every subject including how to play bass! Much of it is excellent, but much of it is misleading or just plain wrong! But the main problem for the student at all levels is finding the correct information that you actually need , especially when you may not know exactly what it is that you need! This is where an experienced teacher or mentor is absolutely necessary!
I have students coming to me who have spent a lot of time and money learning through the internet. Many of them fall into one of two categories.
1. Those who have learned a lot of theory, spent hours and often years practicing scales, modes, arpeggios and/or technique . but cannot play through a simple song or function as part of a rhythm section!
2. Those who have learned to play songs and bass parts parrot fashion from videos and tablature but without any understanding of the music theory and history that is necessary to create anything original or to simply adapt to playing with other musicians instead of prerecorded tracks!
In either case the result they can play solo or with tracks but not with other musicians!
In many self taught students come to me with physical problems and pain caused by poor posture and / or technique. I have been able to correct these in one or two sessions.
Whether you want to play professionally or just for fun, the most important notes on your bass are those that I call the “money notes” and the “goose-bump notes”!
The “money notes” are the ones that support the music, the groove and the other musicians!
The ‘goose-bump” notes are the ones that move people emotionally and make a real connection between the audience and the music!
They are all there on your bass! I can help you find them!
I bought my first bass guitar over 50 years ago. The bass guitar was so new to the world that there was very little info on how to play it! In the UK the only formal education available was restricted to classical music, but I was lucky at the age of 14 to be able to attend weekly evening classes in jazz at a local college.
I learned the way that all musicians learned back then – from older, experienced musicians who knew how to tell me exactly what was needed to make the music sound good!
I’m excited that there are now so many tools available for music education. I use such tools as iReal pro , Musescore , and Band In A Box to simulate the experience of playing with other musicians with the added benefit that the student will learn to read ,write and compose music with very little extra effort, and have fun learning the learning and practising the nuts and bolts of music! An hour of playing with other musicians is more valuable than many lessons but these tools are a great substitute and preparation! I will be adding sample lessons to this page shortly! I will be also offering Skype or Google Video Chat starting in April 2017. ( I also use some carefully selected old fashioned books!)
I teach fingering methods that accommodate kids and females with smaller hands. I can also advise in equipment purchasing decisions and set up and maintenance.
In addition to playing bass, I have also studied all aspects of music and the music business. The unintended result is that over the past 30 years I am often hired as musical director for touring artists. In addition I ran a booking agency for 18 years and I am also very familiar with recording and publishing contracts and royalty collection! I intend to share a lot of this experience on this site!
I enjoy teaching both professionals (and aspiring professionals) and amateurs, with an emphasis on playing with other musicians and creating music. By my definition, professionals have to develop the skills to play whatever others require, whereas amateurs are free to play purely for their own pleasure. Whatever rewards you seek from all that you invest in music , learning and playing music should be fun !