Mark is an excellent music teacher, and I have recommended him to friends. Whether you are a beginner or experienced player Mark can improve your playing. I’ve been taking bass guitar lessons for a few months and my playing has improved noticeably…
Mark gave my bass playing a direction and taught me how to go from a hobby bassist to a working bassist. With his help, I am now a major contributor in an award nominated band and truly write music rather than copying what I hear from tablature. I owe my skill and understanding to Mark.
Mark is a genuinely nice person and I am very glad that I found such an awesome a teacher. Learning to play the bass has been a great joy to me. Thanks Mark!
Mark Hamrock is an excellent teacher. He’s talented and very knowledgeable. I’m learning classical guitar and Bass Guitar from Mr. Hamrock and I’m playing better than I ever have before… Thanks Mark! (Oh, and he’s funny!!!)
Mark is the best teacher I’ve ever had in ANY subject (and after 10 years of college you know I’ve had a lot of teachers)… If you are serious about wanting to become an excellent guitar player and musician in just about any style you choose, Mark is definitely the one to get you there!
Bass Guitar Lessons in Orange County
As a result of teaching bass guitar lessons in Orange County, CA over the last 20 years, Mark Hamrock has developed a unique and effective approach to learning the “ins and outs” of the instrument. Mark tends to focus his lessons on instructing the student in truly understanding how the instrument works, and the importance of comprehending what they are playing when learning a song.
The bass guitar can be a very enjoyable instrument to play and can be quickly learned if taught using the right method. A great deal of Mark’s bass students go on to become valuable “commodities” in the music world because, through his lesson strategy, they have a thorough understanding of the instrument as opposed to playing solely by ear and being “lost in the woods”. It is important to approach the bass as a rhythm and supporting instrument and, through the thousands of bass guitar lessons Mark has taught, he has developed a great system for doing so. Mark’s bass lessons are tailored around a balance of a set methodology along with areas of the individual student’s desired focus.
You Will Learn
Learn common right hand techniques including alternating index/middle fingering, playing with a pick, Slap Bass, etc. Left hand exercises for strengthening and building dexterity, speed, and finger independence. With bass guitar lessons, you will also learn advanced techniques such as harmonics, voicing chords, tap techniques, as well as effective practicing techniques.
Approaches to Building and Improvising Bass Lines
Learn to build bass lines based on chordal intervals and/or scalar root/fill approach and rhythmic patterns. Bass guitar lessons will teach you how to build walking bass lines for Blues and Jazz using common and advanced patterns. Learn to create bass solos with effective phrasing and feel.
Understand rhythmic notation and advanced subdivisions for developing more interesting rhythmic patterns. Become comfortable with syncopated rhythms. Learn exercises for locking in with a drummer.
Learn intervals, pentatonic and diatonic scales (as well as advanced scales), and understand chord construction. Learn the chords within a Key and how this affects bass line construction.
Learn to “Pick Up” bass lines by ear from recordings. Become confident with intervallic and chordal recognition.
Reading Notation, Tablature, and Charts
Become comfortable with sight-reading notation and tablature and improvising bass lines from a chart.
Tonal and Dynamic Production.
Learn techniques for producing good tone and keeping a constant dynamic range.
Bass guitar lessons will teach you how to learn songs in the most efficient manner using techniques for deconstructing and looping sections.
Tools of the Trade
Understand bass gear and equipment including pickups, strings, amplifiers, tuners, metronomes, cables, compressors and effects.
Serving all areas of Orange County, California—including Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Tustin and other surrounding areas.
If you live out of the area and are not able to attend bass lessons in Orange County, online lessons are available via Skype.