UPRIGHT BASS


MANDATORY MATERIALS

  • Upright Bass: I am sorry, but I cannot supply an instrument for you.

  • Bow: Either French or German style. My preferred style is German but I am comfortable teaching either.

  • Method Book: I prefer “Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass, Vol. 1” by George Vance, however if you have a different method book, I am happy to teach from it. All students must use a method book. They are the most effective way of keeping a structured system of learning and will help the student maximize efficiency.

  • Blank Manuscript Paper: As lessons are tailored to the specific needs of the student, there will be a need for supplemental material. I recommend a bound book of blank manuscript paper to help keep supplemental material organized.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS

  • Metronome: I recommend a digital metronome. This can be purchased at a relatively low cost or downloaded as a free app for a smart phone. The benefit of purchasing one is largely that using the phone creates distractions. I have both. I use the app Pro Metronome. 

  • Tuner: I recommend a clip-on style tuner. Make sure it is compatible with a bass. Tuners can be purchased at a relatively low cost or downloaded as a free app for a smart phone. The benefits of using a clip-on style is that it isolates the vibration of the bass and can be used in ensemble settings.  

 

BASS GUITAR

 

MANDATORY MATERIALS

  • Bass: I am sorry, but I cannot supply an instrument for you.

  • Method Book: My preferred book is The Complete Electric Bass Player, Book 1: The Method By Chuck Rainey, however if you have a different method book, I am happy to teach from it. All students must use a method book. They are the most effective way of keeping a structured system of learning and will help the student maximize efficiency.

  • Blank Manuscript Paper: As lessons are tailored to the specific needs of the student, there will be a need for supplemental material. I recommend a bound book of blank manuscript paper to help keep supplemental material organized.

    

SUGGESTED MATERIALS

  • Metronome: I recommend a digital metronome. This can be purchased at a relatively low cost or downloaded as a free app for a smart phone. The benefit of purchasing one is largely that using the phone creates distractions. I have both. I use the app Pro Metronome.  

  • Tuner: I recommend a clip-on style tuner. Make sure it is compatible with a bass. Tuners can be purchased at a relatively low cost or downloaded as a free app for a smart phone. The benefits of using a clip-on style is that it isolates the vibration of the bass and can be used in ensemble settings.  

  • Amplifier and Guitar Cable: You will need an amp for practicing at home. I will supply one for lessons. The bass guitar makes very little sound without an amp. I suggest an inexpensive practice amp with a headphone jack. This will allow the student to practice without disturbing the rest of the house. A multi-effects processor with headphones is another option however, you will still need an amp to make sound. Students have more fun making different sounds with the processor and will probably practice more. 

© by Gabriel Monticello, Marietta, GA