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A.A.S degree from Kingsborough Community College ,Brooklyn NY Bennett Music School,Brooklyn NY
1995-worked with national recording artist Adina Howard 2006-Played bass for national recording artist Bobby Brown 2006 -Played bass for national recording artist Aaron Hall 2007-Played bass for national recording artist Kenny Lattimore
I am a passionate and extremely patient music instructor who loves to see his students succeed.It's self fulfillment for me to know that I can impact a person's life through the art of music.I always encourage my students to always ask questions if there are things that they do not understand.There is no such thing as a "stupid question.When I started bass,I attended The Bennett Music School located in Brooklyn NY.I had a very good instructor that was very encouraging and extremely patient and influenced me to persue music as a career.Throught my career I have had the opportunity to record as a session bassist as well as playing with various national recording artists.
I began teaching when I was 15 years old, which was around the year 1984,in Brooklyn NY.I studied music at Samuel J Tilden High School and taught bass at Meyer Levin J.H.S two afternoons a week after school..In 1989 I moved to Charlotte NC, attended college and began working in various bands.I had to stop teaching for a short period of time due to my busy gig schedule.It wasn't long before I discovered that there was something missing in my life,and that something was teaching music.I have taught students from the ages of 9,which is the age that I started playing, all the way up to 60 years old.I encourage my students to practice and to have fun at the same time.I want them to not be afraid to try something such as listening to their favorite music and attempting to play it by ear.That is what I did when I was taking lessons.It is good training for the ear.When I see my students develop their craft and a love for music, that is one of the greatest feelings.
I often teach by using a book of my choice as a lesson guide.I generally start every lesson by practicing finger exercises by running up and down the neck and also practice alternating the fingers with the picking hand.This is proper technique that will develop great speed and also great tone.After the exercises we go through the lessons outlined in the book.At the end of each lesson,I give my students, assignments to practice in their spare time ,which are based on the exercises from book.They are usually things that we have gone through during the lessons.I encourage my students to call or text me if it's something that they don't understand.I am more than happy to be of assistance.
There is nothing more satisfying than to see my students achieve their goals and develop an increasing love for music.Some students learn extremely fast, and some may learn at a slower pace than others.I am indeed a very patient and understanding instructor.People may have certain obstacles that may stand in their way of learning.That is the reason why I make myself available to talk to anyone with questions or certain concerns they may want to discuss.As time progress and I start to see their talent developing I often invite them to come to my live performances and sit in with the band.This helps to develop their craft and hopefully increase their self esteem and perseverance.Playing for your first audience can be a little scary, but once you've gotten through that initial performance, is undoubtedly a great achievement.
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