Dear friends. After the “Sort-of-tutorial” videos that I published recently, I have been receiving requests to give classes online. Activities are scheduled to start by mid-September. The entering fee is 30€ for a full hour session or 100€ for a set of four.
I speak Portuguese (native) and English (fluent) but I have some understanding of French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Russian languages.
What do I have to offer?
- Bass lessons from beginning to intermediate levels – I initially have learned bass guitar by myself. Later I did complete music school and currently I teach bass at local academies. I propose to show you my own approach to the bass guitar on techniques, getting familiar with the bass, learning to play a bassline and come up with your bass parts, and to complement this approach with more formal contents, as I explain later on.
- Works of Chris Squire – If you have seen my YouTube videos, you know how much I admire the great Chris Squire, who, in spite of his untimely passing, is and will be forever my biggest musical influence. Studying his incredible work for over 25 years is the largest contribution to my development as a bass player and musician. I would like to share with you this experience, hoping that it makes you evolve as well and, if you are a fan of Chris’ too, to be able to feel his music closer.
What about theory? Exercises?
- I have graduated in “classical” music school (double bass) and I can provide complementary musical theory notions, if you wish, whether it’s learning to read music, key signatures, time signatures, scales, modes, harmony, analysis, etc… and, more importantly, to incorporate those notions in your playing.
- If you are interested in odd-meter signatures, which are very popular on the progressive rock field, I can also help you with that. I am a student of Bulgarian folk music, which can add a lot to that department as well!
- Ear-training is an extremely valuable resource for me – and that’s the sort of practice that I would favour, to be able to recognise melodies, intervals, chords and specifically to “extract” basslines by ear, which is how I do it.
Gear, accessories, technology
I can advise you on several aspects of your playing on topics such as effects, amp settings, strings, bass maintenance and setup. Additionally I can also share my experience with software used to record your music, audio and video production.
What are not my specialities?
Styles such as slap or funk are not my speciality, so I wouldn’t be a good teacher at that. The same with very fast tapping or “shredding”. I am sure there are far better tutors for those styles. Although I like all musical styles, I am mostly a rock bass player. However I have some experience on other playing styles such as jazz and I can provide you some notions of that, like for instance to play a walking bass, or to improvise to a standard.
Checklist for the classes
- Your bass gear
- Computer with Skype and headset system
- Good internet connection. Before the first lesson we will make a test to ensure everything is running well on both sides (no charge)
- PayPal account
- This list may extend, according to your goals.
- Before the first class I will send you a questionnaire so I can know in advance of your musical skills and interests in order to save time and prepare a personalized program for you, with your agreement
I consider the work between classes as a major progress factor and I will assign homework for you in every class. I will also be available to support you via email with with your homework.
I would love to hear your feedback about this, whether you are interesting in learning bass or if you had experiences with online lessons either as a student or teacher, so please post your comments or email me.
Stay tuned for more updates.