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Music Fundamentals for Bassists
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 and knowledge.

My teaching system begins with a rigorous diagnostic test of your abilities in eleven categories:
1. technique
2. neck knowledge
3. chord/scale theory (reading & writing)
4. standard notation (reading & writing & rhythm)
5. articulation/interpretation
6. memorization
7. ear training/transcription
8. improvisation
9. composition/songwriting
10. communicating with a band
11. repertoire

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 need improvement.
We will work together to choose a repertoire of music for the application of the skills you will be learning.
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 lessons.

lesson times now available
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
from 2pm until 10pm

Located in San Francisco's Inner Richmond district
with easy access by auto or public transportation
(bus lines 5, 28, 31, 44)

All levels, ages, and interests can benefit from my teaching method.
I have enjoyed success with people who are just beginning to play, and have also helped professional bassists fine tune their skills.
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 soul music.
I play fretted and fretless electric basses, and upright bass.
I have taught private electric bass lessons since 1989, and upright bass lessons since 2003.

contact me by email at
bullfiddler94117@yahoo.com
or by phone at
(415) 905-4425

I'm looking forward to working with you,
Bill Noertker