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I'm a musician to my core. I have love music since before I played it. I always like the bass guitar even though I couldn't play one (yet) and I really wanted to play bass once I heard Stanley Clarke play his bass guitar. I was blown away and I had to learn how to play bass guitar, which I did. I have traveled and performed around the world because of music. In 2010 I decided to attend a local college and obtain some classical training and a degree in music. I have to admit it was a great experience because it made me learn how to play piano. I graduated from Evergreen State College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. I am thankful for the ability to play bass and the honor to share it with others.
I have been teaching bass guitar for more than 20 years. When i began teaching bass it was a favor for a friend and I found out that I liked it! I began to give lessons to friends and family which transitioned into friends children, boy and girls clubs, and churches. As I grew as a bass player I became a full-time teacher helping people learn how to play bass guitar as the instrument requires. I have helped people both young and old learn how to play bass guitar and perform with any band and in any style of music through private instruction. I have been teaching beginning to intermediate piano for the past 2 years and I have the same approach to teaching piano as I do the bass guitar and that is to play the instrument the way it's meant to be played. I have only one requirement as a teacher and that is, you must practice! We will grow together as musicians through practice.
For beginning to students I like to have them learn their notes on the bass guitar first and foremost. Once we have become familiar with the neck of the bass we introduce Hal Leonards's Bass Method Book 1. This will build our foundation for learning to read time signatures, notes in bass clef, rhythms, as well as playing complete songs.
For intermediate bass students I like to gauge the level and tailor a program for that individual. I have the same approach to teaching beginner and intermediate piano. Again, we learn our notes in five finger position and then we learn to read time signatures, notes in the treble clef, chords, and rhythms, as well as playing complete songs. When teaching piano for beginners I like to pick the leaning material that we'll use based on the individual because we all learn differently and I like to keep it fun so the student stays interested.
I enjoy teaching and watching musicians grow in their abilities. I like to give a solid base for a beginning musician to build upon while keeping lessons fun and interesting. Patience is the key, because I remember when I started playing and the more I practiced the better I became. I like to take our time and practice every exercise slowing until we become confident and then we will add some speed. I feel that it's my obligation as a musician to pass on the knowledge of music to those who want to learn. It's also my obligation to deliver the knowledge in a way that keeps the student inspired and eager to learn more. This is teamwork and as a team we both have to be willing to put in the practice to make ourselves successful.
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