I offer Private Lessons, Group Lessons, as well as Skype Lessons for ALL ages.

Although my primary education is on the electric and upright bass, I also teach piano, guitar, ukulele, as well as beginner drums. I have a variety of techniques for teaching and communicating information. I use traditional methods as well as modern technology. I am big on learning by ear, but the ability to be able to read is important. Having a background in bass, I find it vital to learn a variety of styles including classical, jazz, funk, rock, blues, folk, and reggae amongst others. I am also big on theory and ear training. Normally prior to the first lesson, I will communicate with the student/parent to discuss their goals and go from there.

For Skype lessons, my Skype name is alfredo_boomboom. I have found that Skype is great for those who already have a foundation on their instrument since there is a time lapse and we cannot play together in real time. I use dropbox to send audio as well as pdf’s to share information. I have taught students in Florida, Oklahoma, Colorado, Canada and England among other locations.

For Group lessons, I have done this mainly in schools doing workshops on Music theory, Auditions, Bass Basics, and Drum and Keyboards for those that don’t play those primarily. I have also done Group Lessons for bands looking to improve their songwriting, stage presence, and playing among other aspects.

Below are my Scholastic Achievements:

  • Associate’s Degree from Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA
  • Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University

My lessons range from 30 minutes to 2 hours at a variety of locations privately and publicly at the following:

Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH
The Music Settlement in Cleveland, OH
Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH

Please contact me for rates and options!!


Below are some Music Education articles I have written, check them out:

Scale Practice Article

Practicing Regimen Article

Electric Bass to Upright Bass Transition Article

Below are videos of some of the ensembles that I conduct at the Music Settlement in Cleveland

Centennial Strings – Watermelon Man

Centennial Strings – Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Rock and Blues Academy plays Brainstew by Green Day

Rock and Blues Academy plays Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon