If you’re interested in taking a lesson please drop a line – I really enjoy teaching, and am available for individual sessions online or in-person in upstate New York. I can also accommodate lesson requests while traveling on a case-by-case basis.
As a bassist my playing incorporates several diverse pedagogical lineages and a vast technical and artistic lexicon, which allows for flexible, creative, and customizable sessions. I play both French and German bow, and can provide detailed instruction in each. Private lessons are most suitable for those at an intermediate or advanced level but I love to work with enthusiastic beginners and insightful and creative children. Topics include but are not limited to: improvisational practices, geometry of natural harmonics, sound production, bow technique, weight vs. muscle, polyphonic potential of the bass, basslines as melodic counterpoint, compositional practice as a performer-composer, bass and voice, etc.
As a composer & improviser I am happy to share ideas, strategies, experiences, sounds, and philosophies, and help you explore your own compositional or improvisational practice. All instrumentalists are more than welcome to request a session.
Many people ask about my approach to bass and voice. In a private or group session, I can offer a half-hour overview of how I conceptualize, practice and use these two sound sources, and how my approach has evolved over time. The idea is not to impart my personal philosophies or practice, but to provide a jolt of curiosity, strategy and encouragement for your own explorations. If you’re interested in exploring this instrumentation more broadly, I highly recommend Lisa Mezzacappa’s article in The Strad as an initial resource (“Double Bass Vocalists” published in March 2019) which details the rich tradition of bass and voice spanning many decades and genres.