Skill Level: Beginner - Advanced
Pricing: $50 /hr ($30 /half hr)
A bit about me:
My name is Costa, I am a jazz trained musician (Bachelor of Music from JMI) majoring in Bass. During my studies I was trained by Helen Russell and Brendan Clarke, two of Australia's finest musicians.
Music has been my profession since 2012, earning my income entirely from playing and teaching music. I perform regularly with various 'working' bands playing at Brisbane's premier venues, The Press Club and Brooklyn Standard. I also play corporate and wedding gigs with some of the finest musicians in SEQ.
In addition to this I also write and perform music in original projects, Fat Picnic and Graham Moes Band.
I tailor specific lessons to target student weaknesses in order to strengthen their overall bass playing. I teach people of all ages, and I am eager to help out anyone who wants to learn more about bass - whether it be how to hold the instrument or how to compose your own music.
Learning the electric bass encompasses many aspects of musical knowledge, the elements of bass that i teach include:
The physicality of playing bass – including technique and posture.
Finger training exercises used to gain strength and speed of your instrument.
Technical knowledge of scales and arpeggios.
Rock solid rhythm, the foundation of groove!
Understanding basic western music theory – know what notes to play, and what notes not to play.
Understanding the role of the bass player, contextual to the type of music you want to play.
Developing the right attitude and practice routine for you.
Understanding 'tone' - pickups, amps, basses, strings, finger position and finger technique.
Learn to improvise. Compose your own bass lines, learn how to take a solo. Improvising is the ability to speak in the language of music.
I do most of my teaching through private schools teaching guitar, electric bass, double bass and ukulele. However, I also offer private lessons from my home, or by visiting the student at theirs. By not renting a studio, my overheads are low and I can offer my affordable rate.
No contracts, no fees.
I just ask that students are courteous and respectful of my time. If cancelling, please give me 24 hrs notice.