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Bruno Maderna Classical Conservatory Cesena, Italy
I'm a multi-faceted, multi-instrumental musician who loves to further his knowledge of the languages and forms of all music. In 2013 I earned an advanced degree from the Classical Music Conservatory "Bruno Maderna" in Cesena, Italy for the Double bass. I have collaborated as a musician and arranger in the studio with various Italian artists and songwriters, and have divided my time between playing live and in the studio as well as teaching bass guitar and double bass and composing original music. I have more than 20 years experience playing a vast array of musical styles with a number of groups, with concert venues ranging from large arenas to small clubs around Europe and America.See my website for more information: sfbassguitar.com
I began teaching bass guitar and double bass in 2006 privately from my studio and in music schools and academies. I use a combined classical and modern approach to music, taking full advantage of all my musical knowledge and music skills to find and build the most appropriate one for each individual student, helping them enjoy the music and bass, encouraging them to study and practice. I have also planned and taught music classes in elementary and middle schools as well as at summer programs. I have taught over 100 students ranging from 7 years of age to 80 and have instilled my love for music in each of them. I have limitless patience and make lessons fun!
For beginning students, children or adults, the first thing is to work on body position: the hands, arms, wrist and shoulder to avoid having the wrong positions of the body which could lead to physical problems in the future. Then it is important to learn the basic music skills: scales, arpeggios, basic harmony, and finger techniques. Once the students have progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals we can follow two parallel lines, studying advanced techniques and varied bass repertoire and at the same time focusing on what the student is interested in.
I have infinite amounts of patience, which is the most important thing when teaching music. I adore teaching and playing music, and all of my students can sense this immediately, rather rapidly absorbing my love for the instrument and becoming passionate about it themselves. I give students realistic goals I know they can meet each week, and strongly recognize their achievements. I also ask the student many questions to learn what type of music they like best, what truly inspires them, so I can mold each lesson around these interests and truly engage him or her.
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