Is(Was) your bass teacher a guitarist?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by paniak17, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. Yes

    17 vote(s)
  2. No

    8 vote(s)
  1. Is(Was) your bass teacher a guitarist? Mine is and I like him a lot, but I've heard other people say that they don't like guitarist bass teachers. What's your Beef?
  2. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    My bass teacher is a guitarist. He was a great guy, and for a short period of time I played in his band (but later I left). He taught me a lot of theory, like modes of scales, etc. which I really enjoyed. BUT, he couldn't teach me techniques like slapping or popping, so I had to learn those myself. Because I wasn't taught properly, my technique is probably terrible and unreversible. Luckily, now that my local L&M is giving lessons, I can finally have a bass teacher who actually plays bass! :) :hyper:

    Graeme :bassist:
  3. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Same my teacher is guitarist/luthier who's been playing for 30 some years and plays with the likes of Alain Caron :hyper: So he teaches mostly theory and modes (which i have a hard time understanding) and when I don't feel like learning we Jam. He's like quasi Steve Vai calibur I tell ya! he's insane. I'm gonna start ear training when I go back. I just wish he could teach me technique and stuff cause I'm having trouble with the slap-double pop thing where it sounds like a triplet but you're slapping and then doing 2 pops really quickly... And I cant do the really fast slap thing, I believe you call them "thumb rolls"
  4. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Right now-i am the only "no" vote. My teacher also plays: tuba, trombone, euphonium, banjo, and string bass. He's a general low end guy vs. a guitar/bass only person. :)
  5. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I'm another no vote. My bass teacher graduated from university under the music program specializing in string and electric bass. As far as I know, all he plays is bass, and in addition to teaching is a working jazz bassist locally.

    He's awesome, too. I feel pretty lucky.
  6. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I've had several teachers over the years. Two of those were primarly guitarists. The best teacher was the first chair double bassist in a symphony orchestra plus played electric guitar in a very successful rock band. The difference in the quality of instruction between the latter teacher and the two guitar specialists was dramatic.

    I feel one huge difference was that the bassist loved the bass and had tremendous respect for what it could achieve and its place both in an orchestra setting or in a heavy metal band. He instilled that love in me and made me proud to be a bass player. He also knew of and respected many of the great bass players in several genres of music. He could appreciate their skills and basslines. I never got anything like that from the guitarists.

    Another thing, the guitarists just weren't that well developed in terms of bass technique. Thye had some basic knowledge, yes, but a highly experienced bass player can just take skills so much further. They have a much deeper understanding of the instrument and know how to pass that on to a focused student.

    I believe a guitarist can probably get a new student started. They can teach music reading and theory, some basic technique and a few fundamentals of bassline creation. But I feel if that student reaches a point at which he really wants to go on to the next level, there is nothing like having a teacher who has chosen the bass guitar or double bass as his primary instrument and has a more complex and highly developed sense of what the instrument can do.
  7. Pause


    Jun 4, 2003
    Miami, FL
    My first teacher was a classical guitarist. He really couldn't tell me more than what string was which and the mechanics of what frets do to the pitch... which I already knew. It even came to a point where he said it would be better if I got myself a teacher who was primarily a bassist.
  8. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    In the past maybe two, give or take a few months, years I have been taking lessons I have gone through 4 teachers. 1 bass player other guitar players. I really respect them all. They tought me so much.
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Clearly he wasn't a very good teacher at all then. He could've taught you everything a bass teacher does, short of technique and the proper perspective and role as a bassist.
  10. My former teacher, Lucas Pickford, was (and is) a 6 string bass playing monster of a player.... and he admitted to me that he can't play guitar worth a damn, but he doesn't even own one, so that's okay. I think having a real bassist for a teacher is far, far better than a guitarist.. even using something like would be of more use than lessons from a guitar player, who is likely to start you off on the wrong foot, unless they are a true multi-instrumentalist.. just my .01
  11. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    My teacher graduated from the Academy of Music as a DB-player and later learned BG, as well (you know, those kind of things were very rare in the Eastern block in those times).
    I think its cool.
    He's a very technical player and the other thing he emphasizes a lot is time - which are both very important to us bassists
  12. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    I did have a guitar/bass teacher. Very cool guy but no right hand technique to speak of! Also I feel you need a teacher that can get in your head and teach you how to think like a bass player, how to support a tune not rip crazy solos.
  13. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    my bass teacher is both bassist and classically-trained guitarist.
  14. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    Ya he was a great Jazz guitarist by the name of Mark O Leary.Anyone know him?He too thaught me theory but I need technique lessons.
  15. BucketButt


    Sep 10, 2003
    Medina, TN USA
    My bass instructor does play guitar (and teaches beginning guitar), but he is first and foremost a bassist and bass instructor.