Hello electric and upright bassists,
Many of you have been playing bass for a while
now and no doubt can play reasonably well,
and yet you might feel like you are not able to
get the next level in your playing.
The most likely problem is that you have been
able to use your strengths as a bass player to
mask your weaknesses.
I provide a supportive learning environment and
help you to systematically improve your skills
My teaching system begins with a rigorous
diagnostic test of your abilities in eleven
2. neck knowledge
3. chord/scale theory (reading &
4. standard notation (reading &
writing & rhythm)
7. ear training/transcription
10. communicating with a band
After testing we will have a collaborative
consultation where we will discuss your results
and formulate a lesson plan,
tailored specifically to you, that will increase
your skills in each of the categories where you
We will work together to choose a repertoire of
music for the application of the skills you will
You will need to commit to a program of
practicing and studying.
I offer 12-week courses, ongoing long-term
lessons, and short-term, project-based lessons.
Project-based lessons can prepare you for
auditions, recording sessions, and gigs.
$60/hour for lessons.
$80 for a 90 minute diagnostic test.
Ask about discounts for prepaid
lesson times now available
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
from 2pm until 10pm
Located in San Francisco's Inner Richmond
with easy access by auto or public
(bus lines 5, 28, 31, 44)
All levels, ages, and
interests can benefit from my teaching
I have enjoyed success with people who are
just beginning to play, and have also helped
professional bassists fine tune their
My students range from 12 to 65 years old.
I have been a performing, recording, and
teaching bassist for over twenty-five years.
I have professional experience playing a
wide variety of musical styles, including
jazz, blues, classic rock, indie rock, and
I play fretted and fretless electric basses,
and upright bass.
I have taught private electric bass lessons
since 1989, and upright bass lessons since
contact me by email at
or by phone at
I'm looking forward to working with you,