© 2019 ETHAN SOBOTTA

TEACHING

I have been teaching music for nearly twenty years. In that time, I have worked with students ranging from elementary to adult learners, with material as diverse as orchestral, jazz, rock, funk, latin, bluegrass, country, and rockabilly. I feel I can easily help any student attain their goals as a musician and bass player, regardless of age or skill level. In my classical training, I incorporate elements of Simandl, Rabbath, Vance, Petracchi, and others. For all styles, I also work with listening, ear training, and transcribing.

Lessons can be scheduled weekly in 30, 45, or 60 minutes sessions (though I highly advocate for at least 45 minutes for all but beginners). I currently teach out of my studio in West Seattle, and am also available for online lessons via FaceTime/Skype. For rates and availability, feel free to contact me with some info on yourself, your background, and your goals.

A FEW THOUGHTS ON TAKING BASS LESSONS (WITH DUE CREDIT TO CELLIST BARB HUNTER FOR SEVERAL OF THE IDEAS):

1. You should definitely take lessons. The bass is a very physical instrument, and playing correctly does not come naturally. Proper guidance at the start will help to prevent bad habits and potential debilitating injuries down the road.

2. Be sure to have time to practice. Musical development without practice is extremely slow, and can become very uninteresting very quickly. For beginners, practice does not have to mean an hour (or several) on end. Even ten to fifteen minutes of focused practice time per day is better than none at all, and you will be surprised at how quickly you advance with that constant repetition.

3. For parents of students starting their child on upright bass: Rent, rent, RENT (don't buy) an instrument at first, especially if your child is not fully grown yet. Do not lock yourself into the purchase of something that your child may or may not decide to stick with. There are several shops in town which offer reasonable rental fees and an option to easily "trade up" to the next size as a child grows. The Bass Church on Phinney Ave. and Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah are my two top choices. Both are operated by bassists and have a wealth of knowledge on how to set up a student properly. I am always happy to come along as a consultant for instruments for students.

4. Always bring your own bass to a lesson (barring unusual circumstances). Yes it's a large and unwieldy instrument. All the more reason to get used to transporting it!

*CANCELLATION POLICY*
Cancellations/reschedules must be done by the day before the lesson at the latest. Cancellations in less than that time (or no-shows) will still be charged the full amount. The same goes the other way - if I have to reschedule or cancel, I will do it by the day before, and if I have to cancel last-minute, I will credit your next lesson.