Many students believe that regular practice; by this I mean practicing scales, arpeggios, grooves etc will help them “get their bass playing together” and in turn everything will fall into place and sure enough, the offers of great gigs will start coming in and everyone will live happily ever after!
… Unfortunately this is simply not the case. Yes practice is essential, but equally important is what the student is practicing. There is so much material available that unfortunately many students spend hours practicing the wrong things, are disappointed with their lack of improvement and end up being fed up and uninspired.
My teaching philosophy is based on what each individual student needs, and is always routed in ‘the path of least resistance’. I’ve heard so many musical concepts and theories being explained in such over complicated ways that things start to sound like math not music! I believe there is a simple and easily explainable path to all things musical from the simplest modes of the major scale through to most complicated superimposed polyrhythms. The key to understanding these concepts and theories is ‘simple mental approach’.
Scott’s Educational Biog
Alongside his duties as a bass player Scott has been teaching other bass players and musicians for over a decade. He has lectured in Universities across the UK covering topics such as improvisation, composition and performance. His knowledge has been sourced from his time studying with some of the best musicians, bass players and educators in the world such as; Skuli Sverrisson (Allan Holdsworth), Jeff Andrews, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik and Adam Rogers. He was also lucky enough to study extensively with Gary Willis in Barcelona from 2006 to 2007.