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Darren S.

19 Reviews
Boston, MA
Starting at $120
  • Speaks Mandarin (Chinese) 中文, Cantonese (Chinese) 广东话, Thai ภาษาไทย, English
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Bachelor of Music / Double Bass Performance from The Hartt School @ University of Hartford
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Darren S.

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Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from honing bow technique, to left-hand formation and fingering choices, to reading musical notation, interpreting music and learning rhythm.

My goal is to help students develop a technical foundation on the bass for playing just about any kind of music that they are interested in, and to support students with practicing tips for areas in their playing where they want to improve. My specialty is symphony orchestra training, so I primarily use both the Essential Elements for Strings books and Suzuki Bass School series at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce standard orchestral repertoire, sonatas, and concertos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far I have helped students get into All-States, ensembles at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and Berklee College of Music, Districts/Regional ...

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Darren is one of the leading private teachers for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs. Darren focuses on improving his students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, an

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Caroline
Darren is great. He has been teaching my daughter the upright bass for over three years (since she started). She has progressed quickly under his guidance and is now the principal bass for her orchestra,. Darren is very encouraging, and yet he also challenges his students to keep improving. Darren has taught my daughter in person at our house, but since March 2020 she has taken virtual lessons. Darren is totally comfortable in this format, so we'll likely stick with the virtual lessons for good. Overall Darren is just a great teacher. I highly recommend him!
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I have been with Darren for something around 5 ish years and I improved beyond my dreams from when I started. With him I was able to rise orchestra levels, improve my technique drastically and even do districts! (For context I'm a freshman in high school now) Darren is my favorite bass teacher I've had and I am doing all states with him in the fall, hopefully. He's helped me with everything from auditions to grinding on orchestra pieces to starting jazz for the advanced jazz band. If you're looking for a teacher who will cater to your individual needs and listen to you and what you want to learn all the while seriously improving your bass, Darren's the one for you!
Justin
Darren is a fantastic instructor, adept at teaching newcomers and more experienced players alike. There is no aspect of the art of bass playing that he cannot offer assistance in strengthening. For every hurdle I have encountered, he has devised an exercise that helps me get over it. He is particularly skilled at diagnosing the reason why a particular piece, passage, technique, or sound on the instrument is not quite there and then offering the precise advice on how to get it to the next level. I could not recommend him highly enough
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Rui X.

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Allston, MA
Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Chinese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2017
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Rui X.

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I teach Classical Double Bass from beginner to intermediate level. I can teach the student from the most fundamental skills to hard solo pieces depends on the level of student. I also feel the music history and theory is also important therefor some elements will include in the lesson.

I am graduating from Manhattan School of Music this year with Double Bass performance degree. I have played with NYYS, and performed in Carnegie Hall for 4 consecutive years. Recently served as guest principle for New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, and International Chamber Orchestra of America.

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I have been studied with great teachers include Linda McKnight, Marji Danilow, Jeremy McCoy. I recently finished my Master of Music degree in New England Conservatory under the guidance of Don Palma, and I will be continuing my study at Boston University with Edwin Barker, the principal bassist of

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Natalie
Rui is very patient to me and gave me lots of advice on my upcoming performance. Very fortunate to find him on this platform!
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Karen D.

36 Reviews
Somerville, MA
Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 1980
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Karen D.

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Upright Bass:
Also called Acoustic Bass, this instrument puts down the foundation in the band or orchestra. Besides learning the fretboard, notes, chords, finger exercises, theory and improvisation, the student will also learn how to play with a pick or their fingers and incorporate plucking, slapping, popping, and strumming techniques.

About Karen

Hi! My name is Karen D. I’ve had the pleasure of performing, singing, writing, and recording since I was seven years old. Besides being an Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music, I have been a lifelong student of the international world-renowned instructors Dante Pavone and Charlie Banacos.

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Stacie J.
Karen obviously loves the piano & guitar. She’s probably an excellent teacher for those instruments. Why do I say that? That’s what she talked about! She spent half my lesson trying to convince me to learn one of those instruments. Could work on listening skills! Not even sure if she owns a set of bongos herself. Didn’t start teaching me anything until last 10 min & then I had to leave early anyway. So 50 min out of 60 and about 5 I actually learned a few things I could have been practicing for at least 30 min of class. Use her if you want to learn something else other than bongos.
John J Conlon
Ms. Karen did a pretty good job, she had ideas for the lesson and provided ideas for the next lesson. She went out of her way to help me with this new idea---------"music" and "reading music." If there was any short fall in the lesson it was on my side and my preparation failings. I have no problem recommending Ms. Karen to others. Regards, JC
Troy W.
Extremely knowledgeable! Karen is a superb guitar instructor. Honestly, I was struggling. Discouraged! She helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and moved me from beginner to intermediate in a matter of months. If you’re getting tired of learning from YouTube and smart phone apps, let Karen kick start your guitar playing. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks Karen!!
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Steven F.

12 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Cum Laude Bachelors in Music Performance Double Bass from The Ohio State University
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Steven F.

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It is my goal as a teacher to give you the tools to play music but more importantly to create music.

My Teaching Philosophy

Left Hand-
Scales and arpeggios our the bedrock of music. They are the foundation of everything harmonically and melodically. We will begin with learning our major, minor and pentatonic scales and corresponding arpeggios. Once we have an understanding of those we will delve into our modes and more “exotic” scales.

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The right hand is our time machine. It gives us the ability to play in time and with groove and feel. We will work on rhythmic studies string crossings and practicing with a metronome. Remembering music is harmony, Melody and rhythm working as one.

For those who are new to playing music the hardest thing for some to master is rhythm/time keeping. It is the black and white right or wrong of the music world. Often times our want to progress quickly is hampered by skipping over the basic building blocks of rhythm and ...

About Steven

Steven F offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele as well as music theory. Steven F., a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University

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Beau
I can’t believe how much material was covered in a 60 minute lesson! Steven was engaging and encouraging. My 16 year old son learned a lot and had a great time doing it. We are looking forward to future lessons!
Brad N.
Steven is an excellent teacher. He had a lot of helpful information and made a great effort to assess my needs. I’m looking forward to more lessons!
Will Peterson
Steven is an excellent instructor. He is patient and kind. He breaks things down to make it easier to learn and play. I see improvement in my lessons every week.
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Phillip S.

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Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Bachelor's of Music Perfromance from University of Northern Colorado
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Phillip S.

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I have 20 years experience performing and teaching bass in a variety of styles. I have my undergraduate degree in classical bass performance, and am also a freelance bass player in Austin, TX.

I try to cater lessons to the individual student. Lessons will be relaxed, and I always try to find an approach and style that works well for you.

About Phillip

Greetings! I'm a professional freelance bassist living in Austin. I have my bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado. For the past 8 years, I've been working full time as a rhythm section mercenary, performing music in Austin and around the US ranging fr

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Jake M.
Phillip is amazing!!! If you need help on stand-up bass - there’s no in Austin better.
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Peter B.

29 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks English, Russian, Serbian
  • Teaching since 1988
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Peter B.

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The method systematically approaches bass technique from the first note - open strings through Major and minor scales arpeggios fingerings, bow exercises, up to 7th position

About Peter

I am Classically trained, energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils; experienced in identifying the appropriate resources necessary for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively. Most of my students r

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Kim
Peter has not only honed my daughter's previous skills, but introduced techniques and music theory that was completely new to her. Peter has sought out music that will challenge and interest my daughter specifically. We've been very pleased.
Brian
Peter is an extremely patient and knowledgeable teacher; it has been a privilege studying the piano and cello with him for the past 2 months. In that brief time, I have completed 16 of the 17 pieces in the first Suzuki book for cello! I have also enjoyed the piano exercises and repertoire he has assigned, which are technical but melodious. He has a great understanding of theory and technique; he is very personable and encouraging; and he was flexible and accommodating about the times and modes (in person and online) for my lessons. I recommend him wholeheartedly to other adult beginners like me and am grateful to be under his tutelage.
Joe ..
Peter is exceptional. His instruction is simple, straightforward and progressive

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"Daniel covered all the basics of playing the double bass very clearly and extended the lesson a little to allow me to work on a couple of songs,"
Warren
Took Upright Bass lessons from Daniel B.
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"Great first lesson! Got me going and feeling comfortable. He has vast experience, and comfortable teaching style, but keeps me moving forward. Very Happy!"
Paul
Took Upright Bass lessons from Shawn G.
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"He seemed very knowledgeable and encouraging throughout the lesson. Abby really liked him."
Abby
Took Upright Bass lessons from Sean H.
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"Geoff is a great teacher who focuses on critical detail. Geoff was monumental for my foundation on the double bass. He helped me get into the college of my dreams when I was in high school. I would highly recommend him to any student."
Zach
Took Upright Bass lessons from Geoff B.
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"Darren has been a great instructor to my son Terrill. He's learning a lot and getting much better thanks to Darren. I wasn't sure how online sessions would work but they are going great. I'm glad I chose Darren."
Ms. Turner
Took Upright Bass lessons from Darren S.
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"Awesome Instructor! He is fantastic working with my son. He is extremely knowledgeable and has immense patience working with you people! Highly recommend!"
Cinnamon
Took Upright Bass lessons from Dustin N.
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"Peter provides me with challenging material to practice that fits both my ability and my interest. Often the music he provides is material that he hand writes. He has a knack for pushing past where I'm comfortable without overwhelming me. I would recommend him to anyone."
Glenn
Took Upright Bass lessons from Peter B.
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"My Instructor was very clear and specific so that what he was teaching made sense to me, both in concept and actual playing the double bass. I would give him 10 stars if I could."
Sharon
Took Upright Bass lessons from Steven F.
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"My son's first experience with a stand up bass was terrific! There was as much smiling as learning. Thanks Jesse!"
Max
Took Upright Bass lessons from Jesse M.
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"Peter has not only honed my daughter's previous skills, but introduced techniques and music theory that was completely new to her. Peter has sought out music that will challenge and interest my daughter specifically. We've been very pleased."
Kim
Took Upright Bass lessons from Peter B.
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