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Instruments: Bass Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Randall W In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Bass Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, Boston, MA - Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Engineering, Minor in electric bass performance, graduated in 3 years with a 3.65 GPA, BERKLEE ONLINE, Boston, MA - Music Marketing Specialist Certificate - 4.0 GPA

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2006-2018 Bassist/Singer for:

1. The OLV Big Band - 14 piece big band playing songs from the big band era and beyond

2. Silver Reign - 6 piece band playing tasty classic rock, blues rock, vocal rock, Motown, funk, R&B & more

3. The Sharptones - 10 piece Oldies/Doo-wop/Motown/R&B/Soul/Funk/Classic Rock Band

4. Wild! - Classic and Hard rock Jersey shore party band

5. The World Famous Gashouse Gang - 8 piece hard-rocking horn band (2006-2013)

 

2017 - Present Owner/Chief Engineer: Big R Music & Post Production

1) Professional music and audio post production services

2) Bass lessons

3) Pro Tools instruction

 

 

1990-2001 - Audio engineer for hundreds of Academy, Grammy, Emmy and other award-winning projects in film, television, stage and music genres

1986-1987 Studied electric bass with Dave LaRue, one of the world's greatest living bassists

1987-1990 Studied electric bass with legendary berklee instructors Oscar Stagnaro, Bruce Gertz & Joe Santerre

 

Audio Engineering Society (AES) member Berklee College of Music Alumni Association member

Overview:
Hello prospective students! I am a classically trained musician who began studying as a french horn player at age 8 and began guitar and electric bass studies at age 12. I've been playing for over 35 years, I have amassed a great amount of knowledge along the way from some of the greatest players on the planet and I've been able to help countless young bass and guitar students achieve and surpass their musical goals. My Berklee College of Music studies centered on the recording arts as well as electric bass performance and I have had the incredible fortune to engineer sound for some very amazing productions in film, tv, live sound and stage. Most of my professional sound work was done in large format studios in New York City, but given the current state of technology it is quite feasible to produce high quality sound productions in a home studio setting. I currently run a humble but professional home recording and teaching studio called Big R Music & Post Production in Lakewood, NJ. Having recently moved to the Jersey Shore (Ocean County), I am working to create my own niche in the the recording/teaching field in this area and I would be delighted to add you to my list of aspiring students.
EXPERIENCE
I absolutely love teaching bass/guitar lessons and recording techniques, and I've been doing it since just after my Berklee College of Music days. I learned from the best (Dave LaRue, Oscar Stagnaro, Bruce Gertz & Joe Santerre) and from years and years of performing live with countless original and cover bands, stage bands, wedding bands, jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras and marching bands. My experience as a recording/mixing engineer has greatly helped to mold my overall musicianship, as I have had the unique opportunity to work with many incredibly talented musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, actors and creative-minded people. Music should be fun, creative and spontaneous, and I try to impart that mindset in all my students. I have an incredible passion for music, performing (primarily as a bassist), audio engineering and living life to the fullest!
METHODS USED
Assumption #1: all my students want to learn to play well and perform well with other musicians Assumption #2: all my students will practice the material I assign and develop a consistent practice routine Fact #1: nothing comes from nothing (you must practice and practice regularly) Fact #2: you WILL become a good (possibly a great) musician if you follow Assumption #2 and NOT Fact #1 My teaching methods are born from: a) What was taught to me by my musical mentors and b) How my personal experiences have developed my musicianship through years and years of playing and performing. My methods vary depending on the student's skill/experience level, however I stress theory, harmony, rhythm, ear-training and reading skills for all students, regardless of skill level. I like to blend a combination of classical/essential studies using written notation (sheet music/tablature & method books) with learning to "play by ear." As a musician and as a teacher, I have been educated to read music very well, beginning with my introduction to music as a 4th grade french horn student and progressing to my bass studies with Dave LaRue and at Berklee College of Music. I wouldn't be able to play in the Big Band I'm in right now if I didn't know how to sight read music, and read it well! However, many musical pursuits don't require the ability to read music at all. For instance, I am in 2 bands right now that I don't have to read a note. I just learn the song and go out and play it! However, in my experience, simple memorization of a tune won't get you very far. Many guitarists and bassists memorize exact positions on the neck where they play a song, and if asked to play it in a different key or with a different groove, they're completely stumped. What if the singer decides the song is too high for him/her and asks the band to transpose the key on the fly? That happens in live gigs all the time! What if you want to turn an AC/DC song into a reggae song on the fly? Would you be able to do it? You must be prepared as a musician to handle transposition, rhythm and groove changes, tempo changes and a plethora of other things. I teach all this stuff to my students - very valuable musical life lessons! My rock band Wild! likes to tune down the guitars and bass a half step (to help the vocalists hit high notes) but we still play the songs as if we were playing in the original key. However, we have quite a few tunes where we have to transpose back up a half step to accommodate a harmonica solo (evidently, harmonicas don't come in flat keys) or a difficult keyboard solo. If I didn't have the musical experience and training that I do, this would be a very difficult thing to do pull off flawlessly. Another band I recently began playing with, The Sharptones, is playing music primarily from the 50's and 60's which is NOT my genre of music. There are multiple singers and each of them sings in a different vocal range. The band has to, at each practice, transpose the key and chords of the song to whatever feels most comfortable for the singers. Now, I can't entirely trust in my ears because I don't know the songs very well, so I have to trust in my musicianship to get me through the session. I then take the new keys home with me and practice the songs "to the T" on my own so that I am supremely prepared. If you want to learn to be a great MUSICIAN and not just learn the chords or basslines to your favorite songs, take a lesson with me!
LESSON STYLE
I use completely hands-on teaching methods. I'll have my bass/guitar strapped around my neck right next to you. We'll work everything out together and I highly encourage you to STOP me when something doesn't make sense or feels strange and difficult. No question is a stupid question. We throw our egos out the window when we start. I'm just a guy sharing my experience with someone who wants to get to a place they can't get to on their own! I will work on everything YOU want to work on, ie. your favorite bass licks by Flea & Geddy Lee, cool slap techniques you'd love to figure out, how to play a great blues bass line, etc. Whatever you want, we'll work on it. But we'll spend an equal amount of time on theory, harmony, ear-training, proper techniques, getting a good sound, left hand vs right hand, sight reading, harmonics studies, etc. We will also choose together, an epic "Performance" piece for you to slowly practice each week until you've mastered it. I like stuff like Bach Cello Suite #1 or a Jaco Pastorius solo, but you can pick whatever you want, as long as it challenges you to new heights! I've taken lessons with instructors before who intimidated me to the point that I didn't feel I could say, "I don't get it?" I'd leave the lesson scratching my head because the concept the instructor was trying to impart on me never crystallized in my head. I was in a fog, and it could have been prevented if I had felt comfortable enough to ask stupid questions with an open air. Now sometimes that was my fault, not the teacher, because a lot of things used to intimidate me, especially great musicians! I do everything in my power to make the teacher-student relationship very open with no pretense or ego. But you had better practice before coming to a lesson or you'll be wasting your money, LOL!
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