Featured Bass Teachers Near Oakland, CA

Randall P

Randall P

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I like to get my beginning music students playing music right away. When any beginning new student leaves their first lesson, they are able to play a few songs with proper technique. This keeps the fun factor alive especially for younger beginning music students. For all of my music students no matter what age or skill level, I customize my music lessons for each one depending on their desired musical goals. I like to use common progressive music books that enable each student to gain the skills they need to perform the music they love. This includes a working knowledge of music theory, as well as understanding and using music terms, notes, rhythms, and key signatures. I believe the more my students love the music they are learning the more they will practice and the better musician they will become.

Alan K

Alan K

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When I first meet a student I ask them to tell me what kinds of music they love to listen to and what strikes a chord in them about this particular music. Then I assess their level, if they have played for awhile. If they are a beginner, I start with correct posture, hand position, and elbow position as these are very important ergonomic considerations any of which can cause stress on the joints and additional tension in both the hands and wrists. I work at each student's speed and ability, always stopping to praise improvements in playing or reading music.

Jacob M

Jacob M

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I was born and raised in Oakland. I have been playing guitar for over 15 years and congas for over 10 years. I went to Berkeley High School where I played guitar in the BHS Jazz Ensemble. I then attended the New School in New York City, majoring in jazz guitar studies. I have studied guitar with Steve Erquiaga, Dave Creamer and Jack Wilkins, and congas with Josh Jones, Sandy Perez and other Cuban percussionists. I have also studied voice with Jane Sharp and piano with Ellen Wasserman. I as the guitarist for the Cal State East Bay Jazz Ensemble and was also a member of the CSUEB Percussion Ensemble. Jacob graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay with a B.A. in music recording technology and from Cal State East Bay with a M.A. in music composition. Over the years I have performed with musicians such as Josh Jones, Michael Aaberg, Dayna Stephens, Ambrose Akinmusere, Jonathan Finlayson, Geoff Brennan, and Ray Brown. Mr. Kessel has performed at the Montreux, Umbria, and Vienne Jazz Festivals. I currently play guitar, congas and sing in a variety of performance settings around the Bay Area. I am also a music producer and songwriter, as well as a designer. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my dogs and exploring new restaurants and music venues. I also like studying computer programming.      

Jules F

Jules F

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In my teaching style I ask students to explore specific aspects and material that they would like to learn. As I cater to this approach, I compliement it by incorporting fundementals, theory and improvisation into my lessons. I am a competent teacher and enjoy teaching and continually learning through music.

Jack W

Jack W

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I've been teaching one on one for 15 years. I have taken a few lessons myself, and the teachers I remember best are the ones who made the experience fun. That is still the bottom line for me as a teacher. I have a good knowledge of music theory. I like to show each student the theory behind music, but I like to do it in a lighthearted manner. I pay attention to the student/parent and the direction and goals they want to achieve. As a professional sax player I have improvised a lot. I am good at passing that knowledge in a painless way. Improvising can be fun! As a bass player I am great for the High School jazz band student, or the person just wanting to learn the bass parts of his/her favorite songs. All ages are welcome!

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