Bass Lessons

“I wasn’t originally a bass player. I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar.”
Tina Weymouth (bassist from ‘Talking Heads’)

Dominic accepts a limited number of private students at his teaching studio in the Warragul VIC area for one-to-one study only, allowing students to improve their playing.

He has written a brief insight to his teaching methods, along with a Frequently Asked Questions section, which you may find useful…

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Technique

I have various exercises and daily practice methods which will help to improve both left and right hand dexterity, this, coupled with theory/fret board knowledge will soon get you on the right track. I can show you how to get the most from the instrument and give you a good ‘well-rounded’ understanding of the bass. My lessons are tailored to the students’ needs and musical preferences, coupled with the material found in my book ‘Secrets of a professional bass player’ .

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Styles

I was first inspired to play the bass after listening to the melodic bass lines of Paul McCartney, especially the Beatles ‘Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album. The bassist James Jamerson is also a personal favourite of mine, and his bass work for artistes such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations has influenced my bass playing a great deal (as have players such as Pino Palladino, John Entwhistle, Flea, Jaco and Stanley Clarke, and many more). I’m open to teaching many styles including; Rock, Funk, Jazz, Metal, Reggae and Latin.

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Musicianship

Creating bass lines for song writers ideas, playing with a folk group, preparing for a sight reading gig, playing with a rockband, playing with a jazz band, fusion, swing, session work?.. I can pass on first hand experience of all these things. Other topics in this category include; Time keeping, grooving and improvising over a chord chart. Also, industry, professionalism and advise on how to earn a living from music.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DO YOU TEACH?
My teaching studio is in Warragul, Victoria. I’ll forward the address after you have booked in with me.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEE’S
Contact me for current prices
WHEN ARE YOU AVAILABLE?
Both Daytime and evening lessons are available
WHAT STYLES DO YOU TEACH?
I teach a wide range of students, some are beginners and some are more advanced. Once the student has a good basic knowledge I can on pretty much gear the lessons around any style? from nu metal to blue grass!! The most common styles my students wish to learn are those made famous by great players such as Flea, Ray Brown and Jaco, I can also teach you to read music if required, please check out the ‘technique’ section (above) on my website for more info.
HOW DO I BOOK?
Visit the contact page and get in touch.