Private Lessons & Masterclasses

Private Lessons

Bass Guitar

Please note: I generally only accept bass guitar students who have already reached a serious level of musicianship. Typically students would be working towards a music degree or post-graduate qualifications. Exceptions to this include students who are applying for scholarships or performance diplomas.

Double Bass

Jazz specialist and highly experienced in training bass guitarists who wish to take up the double bass.

Bass Synth

Keyboard / bass synth for bassists. This can be added into bass lessons on request or taken as standalone sessions.

Music Theory, Composition and Conducting

For all levels and abilities - beginner to post-graduate level

Masterclasses

Tailor made masterclasses for groups

Past examples have included:

  • Rhythm section workshops
  • Improvisation seminars for a group of mixed instrumentalists.
  • "Bass and the Art of Performing"
  • Sight reading
  • Jazz bass playing
  • Composition and Techniques
  • "Practical Theory for Working Musicians"
  • "Learning to 'Walk': How to create jazz bass lines."
  • Bass Effects and Amplification
  • Setting up and maintaining a bass

Private Lesson (rates)

The current charge for new students is £65.00 per hour. Lessons take place in my air-conditioned & sound-proof studio based in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire (centrally placed near Eastleigh, in the area bordered by Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Salisbury).

If lessons are required offsite, travel expenditure is charged at 45p per mile plus £12.50 per 30 mins travelling time (or part thereof for the first 30 mins). For example, a lesson in the centre of Salisbury necessitates a 51 mile / 1 hour 20 min round trip. This is charged as £22.95 for miles and £33.33 for travelling time + hourly lesson fee.


All rates are reviewed each academic year.

Contact details are at the bottom of this page.

T&C's apply - please see Info/T&C's page or email for a full copy.

Masterclass (rates)

Typically master classes are charged at £235.00 per hour, plus travel expenditure as detailed below:

Travel is charged at 45p per mile, plus £12.50 per 30 mins travelling time (or part thereof). For long-distance classes flights and accommodation will be charged in place of the mileage fee. Please email for a full quotation - my contact details are at the footer of this page. n.b: all rates are subject to change until contract agreed.


Masterclass rates are reviewed every January.

Contact details are at the bottom of this page.

T&C's apply - please see Info/T&C's page or email for a full copy.

How I teach: My Philosophy

As a highly qualified music tutor, I see my role as to inspire, teach and encourage students to achieve their musical aspirations. This is accomplished by using interactive lessons that are tailored and structured to suit the individual, using appealing material to teach essential skills. By using this approach, lessons are both enjoyable and time efficient. Specific feedback is given during each lesson, and I often encourage self-assessment too. Group lessons are approached similarly, with individual feedback provided to ensure each student can progress. When necessary, differentiated tasks are used to guarantee personal growth, whilst allowing my attention to be evenly spread throughout the group. For groups of advanced or adult students, I encourage peer-assessment as a method of learning from each other's experiences and knowledge. For any student, formal assessment using external awarding bodies is optional, but encouraged as a means of measuring achievement whilst obtaining industry recognisable qualifications.

Other than learning to play the bass proficiently, practical musicianship skills such as music theory and instrument maintenance are provided, as knowledge in these areas is crucial to overall development. Because interacting with other musician’s assists in the development of skills, through imitation and emulation, I strongly encourage all students to participate in bands and jam with other musicians. I have a policy of equal opportunities, and encourage people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to take part in learning music. To ensure flexible and accessible music learning, I provide; online tuition, workshops to local communities, and offer substantial discounts for students who are less-fortunate than others.

In following this philosophy, I believe that anyone can enjoy the experience of learning music, and find that their goals are not just a possibility, but achievable.

To read more about me and institutions where I currently teach, please click here

Testimonials

Some recent thank you letters, emails, recommendations & testimonials!


"Greg is an inspirational bass teacher. I have had lessons on several instruments for over 50 years and they range from awful to brilliant, with Greg at the brilliant end. Two things really stand out: Firstly he is great at picking up an individual's learning style. I always leave feeling I have learned 10% more than I was capable of. Secondly he takes the direction from the student. If you are stuck on something, you will leave the lesson feeling you are an expert in it! Very highly recommended."

Andrew M - Bass Student - Winchester (File copy available upon request)


"Great instruction in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Good mix of theory and practical, always fun and interesting."

Simon B - Bass Student - North Baddesley (File copy available upon request)

"I find Greg's lessons very motivating and I have learned to read music which I never expected!"

Andy J - Bass Student - West Meon (File copy available upon request)

"Greg has a great wealth of knowledge alongside a wealth of experience in music. His lessons are well structured and fun. I've tried a lot of other teachers but Greg’s lessons have been better than the others. I would whole heartedly recommend Greg to anyone interested in learning bass guitar or double bass."

Marcus C - Bass Student - Southampton (File copy available upon request)

"Greg really connects to his pupils and helps you with the real issues you have in playing the bass, hooking on other good stuff as you go. He is a very rare beast: a bass player who teaches bass, not a guitarist, so lessons are specific to your instrument. Highly recommended."

Andy M, bass player with The Fourfathers Band (File copy available upon request)


"I can't say enough how much I've enjoyed the lessons. Every session I'm surprised by how it keeps getting more and more fun. We cover a wide range of styles and Greg never seems to get frustrated, even when I'm really struggling with a new piece or bit of theory. He's got a huge amount of experience both as a theorist and as a professional performer and this first hand knowledge adds even more depth to the lessons. I thought I knew what a good teacher would be like, but from the very first lesson Greg has surpassed this and continues to surprise me with newer, and usually harder, things to learn. I'm determined to get to grade 8 with him as my teacher and then keep on going from there!"

John C - Bass Student - Fair Oak (File copy available upon request)

"First music theory lesson to help me write music, It blew my mind wide open, well worth the money. I highly recommend this guy!"

Jack Y, - Music Theory Student (VIA SKYPE) Poole (File copy available upon request)


"Thanks for lesson today, really enjoyed it. Learned a great deal, but you showed me that my targets are reachable, with time.

That means a great deal to me. Apart from that it was great fun. Look forward to our next lesson."

Geoff D, - Bass Student - Berkshire (File copy available upon request)