Bass Guitar Tuition
I am available for one-to-one private tuition; at students' own homes in and around Nottingham, or online via Skype, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger video call. Study areas include technique, instrument knowledge, scales and arpeggios, rhythm studies and basic reading skills (see tuition video clips on Videos page and below). Beginners are welcome, and I offer optional coaching for bass guitar grade exams (see tuition video clips on Videos page and below). I hold a current Enhanced DBS clearance, and have Public Liability insurance via the Musicians Union; these documents can be viewed via the following links:
Enhanced DBS certificate:
Public Liability Insurance certificate:
Follow these links to view my GDPR and Child Protection policies and accreditation:
Child Protection policy:
Child Protection in Education (Music) certificate:
Tuition fees are currently £30 for a one-hour face-to-face lesson, and £18 for a half-hour lesson. Online lessons cost £27 for a one-hour lesson, and £14 for a half-hour lesson. I offer a half-price (£15) introductory trial lesson (face-to-face or online) of one hour. Follow this link to view my full Course Aims and Requirements:
I first started playing bass at the age of 17, on a self-taught basis. After performing regularly as a semi-professional with pop/rock covers bands through the 1980s, I decided to expand my horizons by taking professional bass guitar lessons in 1990. I then spent four years studying with Joe Hubbard, one of the foremost bass guitar teachers in Britain (and still teaching today).
In 1991, I commissioned a hand-built 6-string bass guitar, to be constructed by master craftsman Jeff Finch. A fretless 6-string bass was later built for me by Jeff Finch in 1995.
For a period of twelve years from 1992, I was a full-time musician and member of several bands, playing folk, country, ceilidh and soul, among others. I was also involved with originals projects, particularly the North London based Naked Angel, who recorded two self-financed albums and ran a regular monthly music event for original acts in Crouch Hill. Naked Angel also ran children’s music workshops, ranging from one-off sessions of music-based activities at holiday clubs to a fully-funded songwriting and recording project conducted over two terms at a London primary after-school club.
From 2004, I returned to performing as a semi-professional musician, playing with various ceilidh bands (in particular the South West based Jellied Reels), and I took up private bass guitar teaching for a while. This included coaching students for bass guitar grade exams.
Visual and aural retrospectives of my playing career appear on the Videos page and below.
I am currently a full-time musician once more, performing and teaching from my present base in the East Midlands.
I am a member of both the Musicians Union and the Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT), and am qualified to Grade 8 level. As of February 2021, I am engaged in study for a diploma-level qualification in instrumental teaching.
Follow these links to view my RGT membership certificate and standard classroom risk assessment:
RGT membership certificate:
Classroom risk assessment:
I am available for regular work, in performing, recording and teaching. I have playing experience in a variety of styles and am accustomed to learning large amounts of material, either from recordings or from written scores, and to playing with chord charts. I also have some studio experience.
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