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Michael W. - Bass Teacher
$70per hour

Bass Lessons

Michael's lessons:

Bass

Bass Lessons

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Overview

I began playing bass in college. After less than a year I took lessons from Bret Wilmott (now Berklee faculty). After 7 lessons he gave me my first job teaching
I then studied with Dave Creamer (Miles Davis). Other influential teachers were Keith Jones (bass--Santana, etc) and Atma Anur (drums). I've written articles for Bass Player and Strings magazine. I was an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Jazz Department at San Jose State University 1989-1994 and taught at the Jazzschool in Berkeley from 2002 to 2008.

Teaching Philosophy

I focus on establishing good technique, bio-mechanical individuality and correcting bad habits or establishing good ones from the beginning. Some topics covered: Technique, Rhythm studies, Reading, Theory. Most styles and all levels.
I give the students the tools they need to fulfill the requirements of playing bass in an ensemble and laying the groundwork for evolving a personal style. I endeavor to give students the feedback that books and videos cannot. I am working my own teaching method book.

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Emeryville, CA
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