TEACHING

Performing with Dominique Leone Band Switchboard Festival, SF 2016

Performing with Dominique Leone Band
Switchboard Festival, SF 2016

The key to any good practice is to learn the wisdom of being a student. We never "finish" on an instrument, we only advance. As a part of my practice, I enjoy spending time with J.S. Bach's cello suites. This helps my reading chops, fingerboard dexterity, harmonic vocabulary, and gets me thinking about more than one voice simultaneously. As a bassist, I've found the cello suites to be invaluable study tools.

In the short clip above, I am sharing a piece of my own practice. This is “Menuetto 1 from Suite No. 2 in D minor”. As of this filming, the piece had just recently been committed to memory. I hadn't yet worked out the best fingering for some of the figures, and my execution is a little blocky, but I'm sharing it as an in-progress study in the spirit of the fact that we should always be learning and pushing ourselves as students, and sharing what we've learned in the pursuit of an ever more efficient and refined practice. And we should also be having fun! Thanks for listening!

MUSIC TUTORING

I am available for music tutoring four days per week, in the late afternoon & early evening. Tutoring can be helpful for music students struggling to understand music theory, stylistic differences, performative issues (performance coaching), approaches to the practice of improvisation, among others.

If you are interested in using me as a music tutor, please contact me through the “Contact” page, with the words “Music Tutor” in the subject line.

Thank you!

Drumming for band class at Bayhill High School, 2018

Drumming for band class at Bayhill High School, 2018

MUSIC LESSONS

I have a very serious passion for the electric bass. I have found it to be incredibly versatile and fun, regardless if I am playing rock, jazz, noise, improvising, contemporary classical chamber music…it can go in so many directions. It is a percussive instrument, a melodic instrument, as well as fulfilling traditional roles “holding down” the band. Aspects of lessons with me cover:

  • instrument technique and knowledge

  • how to build a bass line for a song

  • learning the function of bass in harmony

  • reading notation (western notation and/or tablature)

  • transcription

  • improvising

  • various aspects specific to the student’s needs / aspirations

At the end of the day, only the student can make themselves a better musician. What I do (and I believe any good music teacher does) is encourage the student to become a better practitioner. I provide honest feedback, critique and support, insight into better practice routines and habits, and information and resources the student may not be aware of, otherwise.

I am available for electric bass and guitar lessons five days per week. If you are interested in bass / music lessons, please contact me through the “Contact” page, with the words “Music Lessons” in the subject line.

GENERAL ACADEMIC TUTORING

I tutor high school students in various academic subjects, specializing in issues of executive functioning disorders. Please contact me through the “Contact” page, with the words “Academic Tutoring” in the subject line for more information.

Thank you!

"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
-G.K. Chesterton

“Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.” 
-Albert Maysles