I have been teaching both acoustic and electric bass for over 40 years.  My experience with designing the curriculum and creating video lessons for Workshop Live.com, gave me insight into applying a relaxed and focused approach to teaching. I particularly enjoy teaching beginning to intermediate students and am aware of various learning styles and adjust my teaching to the individual student. I also teach adults and enjoy applying my life experiences in teaching a more focused and effiecient method of playing the bass.

Emphasizing a melodic or solo approach to the bass, I have found it to be successful in developing interest in practicing and developing in young people. The methods I use are: 

1. “ The Yorke Edition", 

2. “ The Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass”, Volumes 1, 2, and 3,  by George Vance.

3. “ The Vade Mecum" by George Vance,

4. “The Bach Cello Suites”, either transposed for bass or in the original for the cello,

5.  “The New Technique For The Contrabass”, (Volumes 1, 2 and 3) by François Rabbath,

6. “The Twelve Waltzes” by Domenico Dragonetti.

7.  “8 Duets” by the great Jazz bassist Harvie S., for students interested in studing Jazz bass.

8. Transcribed bass lines from older Rock songs for my electric bass students.

I live in Westchester county, around 50 miles north of New York City and am a member of the Westchester County School Music Association (WCSMA). I teach either at my home or can drive to the student’s house and, I can also give Skype lessons. 


© David Dunaway 2012