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Lessons offered by Stephen
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Bass guitar
  • Double bass
Levels
  • All Levels

Stephen - West Greenwich - Bass guitar

Methodology

I am a young, bright enthusiastic bass tutor, wanting to help all bass players achieve their best! I am sure I can help you improve your playing from my many years of experience, both playing and tutoring in a variety of different situations.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Double Bass
Bass Guitar
Theory/Harmony
Improvisation
Orchestral Technique/ensemble playing
Rhythm section workshops
Reading/notation.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

Masters of Music - Trinity Laban Conservatoire (full scholarship)
Bachelors of Music - Trinity Laban Conservatoire (full scholarship)
A levels Music and Music Technology.
Grade 8 Double Bass ABRSM
Grade 8 Bass guitar Rockschool and Registry of Guitar Tutors

- How much do you charge?

£40 hour

- Where do you teach?

Privately from home but I am willing to travel.
I am also the Double Bass Tutor as East London Late Starters Orchestra.

- When are you available?

As I am freelance I am quite flexible.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

All ABRSM levels
Conservatoire entry.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

"The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers". Roy Ayers
"If music be the food of love, play on". William Shakespeare
“Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ― Leo Tolstoy
Claude Debussy: "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art."
Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them - Richard Strauss

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have been working professionally since I was 14/15 starting with bass guitar. Since then I have played in many different situations, functions, big bands, as a session musician, theatre pits, indie bands, folk groups, orchestras and as a chamber musician (variety is the spice of life). I have performed with Alison Moyet, Professor green, Scott Hamilton, Nik Bartsch and for many different musical theatre pits, including the UK tour of Mary Poppins. I have played at some notable venues including Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan hall and the London Palladium. Whilst at college I was privileged enough to have played principle position in all classical ensembles at Trinity Laban.

When I was lucky enough to be awarded places on both the jazz and classical undergraduate courses with a full scholarship, and I undertook a joint path of study, where I crossed between the two departments. I was as active in the classical department playing in symphony orchestra projects, string ensembles and chamber ensembles as I was for Jazz combos and classes. This bespoke course gave me an in depth study of jazz improvisation, tunes, feel and harmony as well as orchestral discipline, repertoire, sight reading and ensemble playing.

Since living in London for the past 6 years I have built up a career as a session bassist as well as constantly performing; being in demand on both bass guitar and double bass. Along side my playing career I have been steadily teaching and believe my wealth of performance experience gives me a lot to offer my students. Recently I also became publisher of the Bottesini Urtext edition, bringing accurate manuscripts of bottesini's music as part of my passion to bring better learning resources to the bass community.

Teaching:
Workshops for Purbeck Strings Festival
One to one teaching and group teaching
Bass tutor at Fulham boys school
Bass tutor at East london Late Starters orchestra
Sectional coaching for orchestras

Performing:
Mary Poppins UK tour (Dep) Double Bass/Bass Guitar
Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra/String Ensemble - Principle Bass
Alison Moyet
Rhodes
Village life orchestra
Ronnie Scotts Late show

Recording:
EMI sound library (as a session player)
Professor Green
Audict Sound libraries.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes

- Where and with whom did you train?

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music

Double Bass:
Chris West, Leon Bosch, Neil Tarlton, Alberto Bocini, Michael Janisch

Bass Guitar:
Paul Westwood

Improvisation/jazz:
Simon Purcell, Martin Speake

Masterclasses with:
Dan Styffe, Steve McMannus, Roberto Carillo Garcia, Paul Ellison, Mathew McDonald, Enno Senft, Stefano Scia Scia, Thomas Martin, Tony Alcock. Steve Williams, Dominic Worsley, Scott Pingle.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Musicians union

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £40/h
Lessons offered by Stephen
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Bass guitar
  • Double bass
Levels
  • All Levels

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