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Highline Community College (Music)
I am a professional musician / recording artist / teacher who's been playing electric bass and guitar for 38 years. I've studied music theory in college (one professor from Highline Community College, and one professor from Cornish College of the Arts), in addition to being a private music theory tutor/guitar instructor for many years. I've taught music part-time for over 20 years, and it's important to me to pass that knowledge along to others that desire to learn more about music.
I've played Jazz in both High School and College Stage Bands, and I've worked for 9 years as the bassist for one of the best jazz guitarists in Seattle. I also have my own group and work with a number of bandleaders in the greater Seattle area as a sideman. I have been called by many people and fellow musicians, a "virtuoso bass guitarist" who also plays great guitar too. I read music in both clefs, I've studied Classical Guitar and I can play Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Country, and many others as well. Music has always been an integral part of my life and work.
I've studied music theory and sight singing/ear training privately and in college, I'm a good listener, I'm patient and always try to create a fun and friendly environment to learn music. I've taught bass and guitar for many years, but I'm also a recording artist who writes and records original music. I have a nice home studio where I produce and engineer music as well. During lessons, I use popular songs to demonstrate music theory and how it applies to creating songs in addition to harmonic analysis. I try to keep things fun and energetic, and I also play some piano and use it to assist in teaching music theory.
When my mentor taught me all about music, part of the deal is that I would share that information with
others who want to learn as a way of "paying it forward", and this is very important to me.
I would like to help you in your journey in learning more about music. I am a professional musician / recording artist / teacher who's been playing electric bass and guitar for 38 years. I've studied music theory in college (one professor from Highline Community College, and one professor from Cornish
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I have composed music for most of my life, and for my debut CD, I wrote all 10 songs and recorded, produced and engineered the entire project. I've also collaborated with other artists to write and record music that's been used by major corporations (MTV, Experience Music Project, ASG, etc).
I have played Electric Bass & Guitar for over 30 years, and I work professionally on both instruments. Bass is my main instrument, and I play both 4 & 5 string, fretted and fretless as well. I perform 75-100 gigs a year and have for the last decade, and I can play most styles of music. Rock, Jazz, & Soul/Motown are my specialties , I've been called by many people a "bass virtuoso", and I work with some of the best musicians in Seattle.
I studied Music Theory at Highline Community College, and Advanced Music Theory from a professor who taught at Cornish College of the Arts. I also took private Music Theory lessons for many years from a graduate of the University of Puget Sound's Music Program and when I'm teaching bass or guitar, I always include Music Theory in my lesson plans.