Acoustic (Upright) Bass Lessons
Learn to play the Double Bass (Acoustic Bass) with an experienced professional.
To see pictures and videos, as well as learn about my professional experience and teaching methods, please visit my website: http://www.davidhornbass.wordpress.com
Born and raised in Marin County, I began playing Bass in the Drake High School Jazz band. I started my formal musical training at U.C. Santa Cruz under Bass professor Barry Green. After graduating, I continued onto the prestigious Indiana University School of Music where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Double Bass under the renowned professor Bruce Bransby (L.A. Philharmonic). I also hold an Artistic Diploma from the Hannover (Germany) University for Music and Theater. Other private teachers include Charles Chandler (SF Symphony), Shinji Eshima (SF Opera), Ekkehard Beringer (NDR Symphony Orchestra), and Enno Senft (Chamber Orchestra of Europe).
I have played in professional orchestras and jazz combos for the last twenty years. For the past six years I have been living in Germany, playing in the Bass section of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (German State Opera), as well as the Essener Philharmoniker, Osnabrücker Symphony Orchestra, and Oldenburgisches State Theater. Since my return to the Bay Area I have been performing with Opera San Jose, the Marin, Oakland, Stockton, Modesto, Berkeley, Reno and Pacific Symphonies, the Stockton Chorale, as well as the Sacramento Philharmonic and San Jose Chamber Orchestra, among others. During summers I have played in the Aspen, Mendocino, Spoleto and Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestras. Also active as a studio musician, I have collaborated on various film and commercial soundtracks, the most recent being “Conference of the Animals.” I’ve also performed chamber music with members of the San Francisco Symphony.
I am enthusiastic about working with students of all levels and ages. The initial lesson is free to see if the chemistry is right, and to work out a practice schedule. In my teaching, I focus on left and right hand technique, basic principles of Bass playing, as well as etudes and solo pieces. I can teach many styles of music including classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock, and reggae.
In addition to maintaining a private studio, I currently work as a Bass instructor and string teacher at Whitehill Middle School, San Rafael High School, College of Marin, and as an orchestra coach for the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. I was recently put on faculty at the Marin Community Music School.
I teach in my home, or can come to you.