When getting started on any instrument, seeking private instruction will help the student get off to a successful start. With a large instrument like the double bass, learning to use the relaxed weight of the body and correct hand shape will make the physical aspects of playing much more manageable.

There is nothing more satisfying than making a beautiful sound and playing a melody or bass line in tune with a great feel. To get there I emphasize sound production, articulation, dexterity and knowledge of the fingerboard using scales, intervals and chords. I also encourage students to become proficient at reading music, especially rhythm.

I want to help each individual student achieve his or her own goals and stylistic interests. As an active performer in many different styles, I can offer concrete help and advice to students pursuing a variety of musical paths.


Books: Some of the method books and other material that I recommended include:
  • Progressive Repertoire, by George Vance
  • The Complete Method for Double Bass, by Edouard Nanny
  • New Method for String Bass, by Franz Simandl
  • A New Technique for The Double Bass, by Francois Rabbath
  • The Evolving Bassist, by Rufus Reid
  • Bass Method, by Ray Brown
  • The Improviser's Bass Method, by Chuck Sher
  • The Art of Walking Bass, by Bob Magnusson
  • Modern Walking Bass Technique, by Mike Richmond
  • Bass Playing Techniques (electric bass), by Alexis Sklarevski
  • Music Reading for Bass, by Wendi Hrehoucsik
  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown, James Jamerson, by "Dr. Licks"
  • Various Aebersold volumes
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Here are some links of interest to local bassists and other musicians.
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