FRUSTRATED?

Do you feel as though you have plateaued and are struggling to take your bass playing to the next level?

Perhaps you can already play a range of challenging bass lines but are frustrated by your inability to improvise effectively or really understand the music you are playing.

Maybe you have ambitions of playing professionally or going on to study music at a tertiary level and want to ensure you are doing everything possible to become the best musician you can.

Regardless of what your musical goals may be I can help you take meaningful steps towards realizing them.

I have mentored the bass players in some of New Zealand’s finest musical groups including The Veils, Cut Off Your Hands, David Dallas, Great North, Sherpa, Dawn of Azazel, Motor City Funk Family and The Earlybirds.

I can help you too.

TEACHING YOURSELF DOESN’T WORK

If you’ve spent time trying to improve your bass playing by watching You Tube videos or working out of method books you’ll have discovered that teaching yourself just doesn’t work. It is an inefficient and ineffective way to learn and though it may appear to be ‘free’, that is really only true if you place no value on your time given it will take you much longer to get to where you want to go with your playing.

The big problem with trying to teach yourself is that there is inevitably a lack of structure to the process with each resource pulling you in a new direction. This leads to big gaps in your knowledge and can ultimately leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and disillusioned with the whole learning experience.

There is a better way.

A BETTER WAY TO LEARN

The most efficient, effective and enjoyable way to go about mastering the bass is to place yourself under the guidance of an experienced and skilled teacher. Even if your goals are more modest, you will reach them sooner and save yourself a great deal of frustration by studying with a great teacher.

In choosing to study with me you will avoid the pitfalls of trying to teach yourself. You won’t be left questioning whether you’re learning things the correct way, wondering what you should learn next, or find yourself constantly running into brick walls with your playing.

I will provide you with a personalized plan of study developed in full consideration of your current ability, your musical tastes and your goals. I have developed a unique and highly effective approach to teaching the art of bass playing that consistently produces highly skilled, versatile, and creative musicians.

MY APPROACH

In my view a teacher is someone who opens windows of insight. A teacher should be thought of as a navigator who uses their knowledge, experience and expertise to maximize the students potential and keep them on track to reach their musical goals in the most efficient manner possible.

In essence my role as a teacher is to challenge you to be the best that you can be and in turn aid you in your quest to meet that challenge through direction, encouragement and evaluation.

My value as a music teacher ultimately lies in the knowledge and experience I have accrued in travelling the very road upon which you are setting out on and in helping countless others to make that same journey.

WHAT MY STUDENTS SAY