Bass Guitar Lessons | Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Mixing and Mastering Lessons
- Qualifications: Currently studying for a BMus at Auckland University
- Pricing: $40/hour or $30/half-hour
- Styles: Rock, funk, jazz, blues, metal
- Suitability: Any age
I had piano lessons as a child for a number of years, eventually attaining a Grade 2 certificate, but it was apparent that the piano wasn’t the instrument for me.
I started playing the bass guitar when I was a teenager. I had lessons from Scott Sutherland, during which we covered a range of concepts including technique, music theory, the physics of sound, and music reading. During these years I also played in a few bands with school friends, and I was one of the first members of The Auckland School of Rock. After some time practising with no tuition, I joined my first serious band (which recorded an album of all-original material).
After leaving this band, I moved to Melbourne (Australia) to begin a new musical life. During this time I took the opportunity to develop my recording skills, making a number of demo recordings and learning about equipment in the process. My skills were eventually utilised by the band ‘Summon the Birds’ in the production of their first full-length album.
One of the bands I played for was Five Acre Field, led by Matthew Gough (a graduate of Melbourne University’s Bachelor of Music Composition program). He applied his skills to create challenging, classically-influenced music, while sticking to a conventional rock band format. The experience included learning an 8-minute rearrangement of Bach’s BWV 1052 (all other compositions were written by Matthew Gough). We recorded a 5-track EP in 2012, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in a progressive take on classical music.
I’ve since kept myself busy with recording and teaching work, and am currently studying Jazz Performance at Auckland University.
Are you a beginner, trying to figure out the songs that inspired you to pick up the bass?
Are you an intermediate player, trying to advance your technique, music theory knowledge, and/or music reading ability?
Or have you been playing for years, and are just looking for something fresh and new?
Then look no further!
My name’s Alex. I’ve performed and played on recordings both here and in Australia (covering a wide variety of different styles), and am currently studying Jazz Performance at Auckland University. Along the way I’ve picked up sound engineering knowledge, and learned many things about the instrument that go beyond just playing it (including set-up work). I want to share these things with you!
I have an archive of teaching material that I’ve accumulated over the years, so we can either work through that or just focus on things that are more relevant to you. Either way, I guarantee that I’ll give you the tools you need to become a better bass player!
Contact me on 021 288 8803 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll make an arrangement that works for you. I’m located in Meadowbank, Auckland. $40/hour or $30/half-hour.