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.
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
“I’ve studied with Scott for close to two years and can say that the quality of service offered is truly exceptional. In particular, Scott blends a true artisan approach to music and bass with a well run, professional business – he is not only a well accomplished, serious bass player, but also a well rounded musician with a true love for all aspects of the craft. I found he was able to teach the technical aspects of the bass across the genres I was interested in – rock, jazz, funk, while also developing my music sensibility by building my understanding of melody and rhythm with the goal of improvisation. Scott also imparts some interesting insights into the history of music and different players along the way which is very engaging. All up, I’m finding the lessons to a good blend of theory and practice, well structured, but also flexible enough to ensure your particular goals and desired outcomes are achieved.”
“I have attended lessons with Scott for a number of years and have found every single step of the process absolutely invaluable. Scott is a consummate professional, always being very well prepared for each lesson, keeping close tabs on the progress of his students and having a seemingly endless library of resources always on hand. Scott is an extremely skilled and knowledgeable musician, and a gifted teacher. He is patient, observant, consistent in his methods and secure in his approach. No part of the process of playing the bass and being a musician is neglected – he covers not just the playing of the instrument but a comprehensive study of rhythm, musical structures, melody and harmony, listening and reading skills, style analysis and of course building an awesome repertoire! As a massive music nerd myself, I have always found Scott to be full of interesting facts and understandings of the history of the music he teaches.Last, but certainly not least, Scott is one of the most positive, upbeat and friendly people I have met. He is always welcoming, engaged and ready to get to work with a smile. Over the years I have met several players who have also learned from Scott and they all speak of him with a well-deserved fondness, admiration and respect.”
“A few years ago I was stuck in a rut with my bass playing, finding progress slow and tedious. I was skeptical about getting bass lessons however, as I already had a Bachelor of Music under my belt and thought that anything I needed to learn I could teach myself. Now I regret not getting lessons from him sooner. I began getting lessons with Scott and was instantly blown away by his professionalism, the individualized content of his lessons, the depth of his knowledge and his passion for music. My progress skyrocketed as his structured lessons gave me the direction that I lacked, his experience highlighted areas for improvement I hadn’t even considered and his vast knowledge enhanced my skills as a live bass player, a recording artist, composer and improviser.”