The Greg Madison Music Studio teaches students on bass from 8-years old through adults of all ages and beginners through professional levels of learning. I have been fairly successful with students that haven't done well in the past as well as with learning disabled and slow learning students. Visit our testimonial page to see what our students and/or parents have to say.
The studio is located in Bergenfield, NJ and students have come from the entire Metropolitan Area. Our studio is one of the best equipped studios around. We have a selection of high end, top of the line, professional music software and also many types of audio, visual and electronic equipment. See our Studio page for more detailed information.
Private one on one instruction on the bass is offered in the studio with home lessons also available. All aspects of music will be taught, including technique, theory, harmony, improvising, arranging, music transcription, reading, music writing, rhythm, ear training and more.... Wherever your musical interests lie, Greg Madison Music Studio can...
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Whether you are a beginner or advanced bass guitar student, your lessons with the Greg Madison Music Studio will improve all aspects of your bass playing from basics and fundamentals to advanced harmony, reading and improvisation. Whatever the student's musical needs are, our bass guitar lesson program will strengthen those needs. Come and be enriched by the power of music with bass guitar lessons at my studio.
The bass guitar is used in just about any style of music. It is used in rock, blues, R&B, jazz, funk, classical, Latin, reggae, gospel, pop, new wave, country, bluegrass, metal, punk, etc. The main function of the bass is in a supporting role to lay down the foundation with notes that emphases the chord structure. This instrument can be used to play improvised solos like you see a drummer do when they play a few minute drum solo.
The most popular electric bass guitars are generally the solid body types. Solid body bass guitars are able to play at a higher volume without producing feed back (The unwanted squeal I am sure you have heard a microphone produce). Bass guitars come in different sizes and fingerboard scaling. Bass guitars come in hollow body types as well. These cost more for the same quality instrument. The cost of a reliable student solid body electric bass guitar start at around $170.00 and go too about $320.00. I usually recommend a price range of $225.00 to $275.00 dollars. You will need some kind of carrying bag or case for the instrument at an additional cost. Electric bass guitars come in four, five, six string and other possibilities. Basses also come in fretted and fretless models. The four string fretted bass is by far the most popular. There are additional benefits to the five string and the fretless basses but they are harder to learn. The fretless base is the most difficult to learn and play but it has it's advantages.
An amplifier suitable for the bass guitar is another must. You cannot practice effectively without an amplifier. The notes produced by the bass guitar are too low in pitch to hear them well enough to work without an amplifier. Guitar amplifiers are not recommended for use with the bass. If you had a guitar amplifier already for some reason you could use it at a very low volume setting. The low frequency that the bass produces is damaging to amplifiers that are not bass amplifiers. The cost of a beginner amplifier can start around $150.00. I have a model at that cost in that range that is nice for a beginner. This amplifier has a distortion feature and servers as a very good guitar amplifier as well.
Another possibility is the upright or double bass. This is a large acoustic fretless instrument that is used in jazz groups a lot. They can not be played very loud due to the feed back problem (The unwanted squeal mentioned earlier.) I teach all the basses discussed except this upright bass.
The bass guitar can be played with a pick, or fingers in the right hand. This depends on the type of music and the sound you want to produce. The fingers produce a softer more mellow sound. The pick produces a brighter sound.
There is so much more I could write about basses as the options increase with price. I can write a book on the bass but what is here is for the beginning student and student model basses.
The musical styles I teach are rock, blues, funk, R&B, rockabilly, jazz, classical, folk, country, bluegrass, reggae, gospel, Latin, Brazilian, styles, Broadway, pop, and more!
Greg Madison Music Studio is a place where continual teaching improvement, expert music instruction and quality customer service are the highest priorities. I provide the very best instruction available through innovative teaching methods, fun learning concepts and an ongoing expansion of services, including student teacher jams and ensemble classes. I provide musical experiences that are versatile, fun and repeatedly elevate my students' passion and desire for playing music.
Group jam/theory sessions with 4 to 9 students are available in different styles of music with other students of same abilities two times a year. The instruments in these sessions will depend on the student ability and availability These sessions are for people who have played with me and demonstrated that they have the knowledge, ability, dexterity, and can play in time. Another prerequisite is that they have had the basic writing of music notation with us prior to the start of these jam/theory classes. The first level type class works with written music or riff type play in different styles. The more advanced classes are improvisation classes in blues, rock, jazz etc.
Our FAQ page will hopefully answer many of the questions you may have.
It is my hope that you find a lot of useful ideas from the vast amount of informative information on my site. You may need to go through the site several times in order to benefit from all that's written here.
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